When you think of pests that affect your dogs and cats, you probably think of ticks and fleas. However, it’s not just small bugs that you’ve got to be on the lookout for. In fact, multiple types of flying insects could potentially bite your pets and cause irritation, spread diseases, or simply annoy them while they’re outside. Learn about some of the common pests that might cause problems for your pets.
Insects That Will Bother Your Pets
Flying insects are attracted to carbon dioxide, lactic acids, and blood – all things that both you and your pet have plenty of. While you’re outdoors enjoying a nice walk with your dog or playing fetch in your backyard, particular insects might be drawn to your pet while looking for their next meal. It’s important to be aware of the potential dangers these pests could have on your dogs to keep your pet healthy.
The following is a list of flying insects that you should be on the lookout for and why:
Mosquitoes – Mosquitoes are one of the biggest threats to dogs because they can spread Heartworm Disease. When mosquitoes go around looking for a meal, they can inject the heartworm larvae into your dog. Heartworms are small parasites that live in the blood vessels and heart of the animal and can cause serious problems.
Horse Flies – Horse flies can take a bite out of your dog's exposed skin, such as their ears, nose, belly, or backside. This not only hurts them, but it can also cause them to bleed. The bitten area can also get raw and be vulnerable to infection. These flies are stubborn and will also try to bite your dog multiple times.
Yellow Jackets – Although Yellow Jackets won’t target your dog, your dog might try and play with – or eat – these bugs. They inject their venom when accidentally stepped on or if they are disturbed. Yellow Jackets can sting many times in a row, which can create a lot of irritation, swelling, and pain. Dogs might also be allergic to yellow jacket stings, but keep in mind that each reaction varies from dog to dog.
Black Flies – Black flies, also known as buffalo gnats, leave red welts that can look bruised and sore. These bites are found on the underbelly and groin area and can range in sizes from a pea to the diameter of a nickel. After being bitten, dogs might lick or scratch the areas around the bites and could potentially cause an infection.
The best way to keep your dog safe from being bitten by one of these pesky insects is by preventing them from coming close to your animal in the first place. Bug spray and other chemical repellents could be dangerous when used on or around your dog. When you want to protect them from bugs, you shouldn’t have to compromise other parts of their health.
At DynaTrap®, we have safe solutions for your pets. Our selection of outdoor traps allows you to choose which style best fits your décor and is most efficient for the size of your yard. Our traps lure flying pests away from you with lures, then eliminates them.
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