Only dog owners know just how special the realtionship with their dog really is. They’re your companion, pal and loyal guardian. Return the favor and give them the protection they deserve. Mosquito-borne heartworm disease presents a major threat to your precious pups.
And while medication can go a long way in protecting your pets, making your yard unattractive to mosquitoes should be a top priority. Installing gutter guards is a good place to start.
Heartworm Is A Threat To Every Dog
Heartworm is a thread-like parasitic roundworm that is spread from host to host by mosquitoes. Your dog is its favorite target. Once a host is infected, the roundworm goes through several life stages before moving to the pulmonary artery of the host as an adult. Symptoms of heartworm infection in dogs include coughing, especially during exercise, and lethargy. Every dog is susceptible to heartworm, regardless of breed, age, sex or location.
Clogged Gutters Are A Mosquito Breeding Ground
Your gutters factor into the equation because all too often they become an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. Even the slightest clog resulting from built up debris like leaves and twigs results in small pools of water forming in your gutter. Mosquitoes only need about a teaspoon of water to breed, making what might seem like an inconsequential amount of water to you a more than adequate maternity ward for mosquito larvae. You may be conscientiously checking the easy to reach places around yard for standing water, but too often your gutters go unchecked and unattended.
Checking your gutters for blockages shouldn’t be just a fall and spring priority. Clogged gutters are a potential problem throughout the long mosquito breeding season. Again, don’t underestimate the boon to mosquito populations even the smallest blockage can be. Your gutters may not be clogged sufficiently enough to cause an actual overflow, but it likely enough water is being trapped to provide mosquitoes with a convenient, tucked away breeding ground. The more mosquitoes, the better chance your dog has of being bitten by heartworm disease-carrying mosquitoes on a daily basis.
Gutter Guards Protect Your Pup
Your best defense against a mosquito infestation in your gutters and the heartworm threat it poses to your dog? Gutter guards prevent the debris that creates blockages from accumulating in your gutters in the first place. That means no standing water to attract mosquitoes. Chances are your dog spends a good portion of its days running and playing in your yard. That means making your yard as mosquito free as possible should be a top priority.
Gutter guards confer benefits to you too. They protect your home from water damage and cut back on the number of times you have to take to a ladder to perform the tedious chore of gutter cleaning. You and your family will probably enjoy not having mosquitoes around too.
Not All Gutter Guards Are Created Equal
Not all leaf guards stand up to blockages and mosquitoes on equal terms. Many older, cheaper systems have holes, gaps or openings large enough for debris to get in. Without consistent and thorough that debris will continue to accumulate, causing obstructions and resulting pools of standing water. If the openings and gaps are large enough for debris to pass through, they’re large enough for mosquitoes to sneak in and start breeding. In no time you have an infestation on your hands.
Micromesh gutter guards are your best option. Their stainless steel microfiltration technology allows water to get in while keeping debris and bugs out. That’s because micromesh gutter guards fully enclose your gutter preventing bugs and debris from ever reaching the confines of your gutter again.
Installing your micromesh gutter guards on an angle is another way you can boost their effectiveness. Gutter installed on a flatter plane act like a shelf collecting debris and reducing their efficiency. Angled guards, on the other hand, allow debris to slide right off, net only preventing debris from accumulating in your gutter but on it as well.
Your dog is a member of your family. Installing gutter guards is one way you can turn your yard into a safe environment where your dog can simply be a dog.