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Protect yourself, pets from higher than normal mosquito population

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ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) -

If you've been outside lately, you've probably noticed an increase of those annoying mosquitoes.

They can spread plenty of diseases and the pesky insects may not be putting only your life in danger, but your pets' as well.

The folks at The Mosquito Authority have been busy the past couple of weeks spraying and sometimes respraying barrier protection around homes.

Owner Sheldon Mellon says the public can expect a higher than normal mosquito population in the next few weeks.

"With the rain subsiding a little bit, the heat is bringing out the mosquitoes and the heat also brings out the families to their backyards. So we're going to see a collision with the mosquito and human population," said Mellon.

Mosquitoes carry more than 40 diseases including West Nile.

Mellon says we can expect to see cases of West Nile coming soon. Its peak season is in mid-August and recent conditions have helped move the process along.

But what about our beloved pets?

Rock Hill Animal Hospital Practice Manager Andy Pertuset says they don't see too many pet cases of West Nile, but mosquitoes can infect your animal with heart worms.

"We see a positive probably once a week and we're treating cases every month for heartworm disease," said Pertuset.

And one infection can quickly lead to a problem.

"If there's a positive dog in you neighborhood that get bits by a mosquito, It can go to your house and infect your dog," he continued.

He recommends giving your pet medications to help fight off worms.

For seven to ten bucks a month you can protect your pets from heartworm disease or else it may cost you thousands of dollars.

"The pet has to have three injections and it cost anywhere from $500-$1,000. If certain precautions aren't taken, the heartworms could break off and cause serious problems, even death," said Pertuset.

It's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to protecting yourself and your pets because mosquito season isn't gearing down anytime soon.

"We may see an extension of the season, we usually go into October. We're now looking at October or November before the season is done," said Mellon.

You can protect yourself against mosquitoes.

Avoid going outside at dusk and dawn, which are peek mosquito hours. Use mosquito repellant containing DEET and always dress appropriately if you're going to be outdoors. Where long sleeve clothing if you're going to be in an area with a high mosquito population.

 

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