How to keep your pets safe from bloodsucking pests!

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As Summer approaches we naturally want to spend more time outside. Unfortunately potentially dangerous pests like mosquitoes also like to hang out outside in the summer. Mosquitoes can cause heart worm, ticks can carry Lyme’s disease, and fleas are a nuisance as their bites itch.

These insect-vampires pose a threat to humans and animals alike.

Some of the sprays and repellents are quite toxic and can be harmful to our pets. Protecting your yard organically not only helps fight off these blood sucker but it also adds beauty, peace and harmony to your yard So how do you stay bug free without all of those harsh chemicals? Here are some tips we suggest.

 

  1. Hit em at Home

Mosquitoes lay eggs on standing water even small puddles can become a breeding ground for thousands of bloodsuckers. Go around your yard and look for any place that water gathers: uneven gutters, kiddie pools, those buckets you left behind the garage, kids toys left out in the yard.

For things like rain barrels, buy some window screen and secure it to the top to keep the mosquitoes from landing on the water. Large bird baths or garden water features should have a small pump to agitate the surface to discourage mosquitoes from landing to lay eggs.

 

  1. Plant an Anti- Mosquito Garden

Some plants  have properties that repel mosquitoes. Adding them to your garden can help deter mosquitoes from inhabiting your backyard

  • Citronella
  • Catnip
  • Lemon Balm
  • Marigolds
  • Basil
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Garlic
  • Pennyroyal
  • Rosemary
  • Geranium
  1. Light it up

Citronella torches/candles are effective at keeping bugs away but only for about a four-foot radius so you’ll need enough of them to blanket the area you’re in.¬† Make sure to keep open flames at a safe distance from pets. Secure tiki torches so they won’t get knocked over.