Bug Bothers: Kill ‘em dead with PetArmor

Here at Sergeant’s, we are all about killing bugs.

Sure, we do treats, toys and healthcare products, too, but we feel very strongly around here that all bugs and parasites that pester, sicken and generally annoy pets should die. Like dead die. It’s what gets us out of bed in the morning.

We have ticks and fleas pretty well covered — with Fiproguard, fleas and ticks have effectively been given notice to get their affairs in order, as we will soon be raining death down upon them.

But there’s one arthropod scourge that I gotta talk to the guys down at the lab about coming up with a cure for: mosquitoes.

Last year, I wrote about the Gallinipper, the avocado-sized pterodactyl of the mosquito world that had its sights set on Florida for its next conquest. Luckily, it seems to have been halted by the Bermuda triangle, as a search of news services (like the Weekly World News) turns up no hits this year. They must have read my piece and been scared off.  Wimps.

But that doesn’t mean that their normal-sized cousins are any less annoying. They make that high-pitched zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz sound that makes you want to claw your ears out (can you even do that?), leave those itchy red welts all over (which is why I am wearing a one-piece this season) and (as if that’s not bad enough!) transmit diseases like heartworm. Both cats and dogs can get heartworms, and they get it from mosquitoes.

Here are some tried and true mosquito-prevention tips:

  • Change the water in birdbaths, pet bowls and wading pools frequently, at least once a week.
  • Eliminate standing water near animal areas.
  • Get rid of tin cans, old tires, buckets or anything that can collect and hold water.
  • Check for trapped water in tarps used to cover boats or pools.
  • Irrigate your lawn and garden carefully to prevent water from standing for several days.

Keep mosquitoes away and you greatly reduce the chances of your pet getting heartworm — and trust me, prevention is way better than the cure when it comes to this disease. Of course you still need veterinary heartworm prevention for your pet, but you don’t want those little flying pests around either.

So, off to lab I go, with a request for the lab guys to stop working on perfecting the piña colada and start working on a mosquito preventive that works as well as PetArmor does on fleas and tick.

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