PREVENT HEARTWORM MOSQUITOES
- August 2009
coyote heartworm related deaths increase due to new "tiger"
your dogs by eradicating ALL heartworm mosquitoes on your property.
Asian Tiger Mosquitoes (ATM), now in 26
states, arrived in used tires from Asia in 1980. They carry heartworm
and are responsible for the upsurge of cases. Heartworm has always been
around, but it has not caused wild animals, such as wolves and coyotes
to die in such large numbers. Despite heartworm prevention medications,
the risk to pets has increased exponentially.
heartworm eggs or larvae are also found in places where water collects
such as Asian plants, especially bamboo, and in the potting soil itself.
Cemeteries are the biggest breeding grounds for heartworm larvae due to
the high use of vases with small amounts of water high in organic
content. Then, when florists recycle vases they often transport the
Asian Tiger Mosquitoes eggs or larvae to other cemeteries, thus
spreading heartworm to new areas.
Ideally we can:
Insist that our government not allow used tire imports unless they are
shredded to prevent spread of heartworm.
Insist that imported plants and soils be checked for heartworm eggs and
Ask florists and cemetery caretakers to empty standing water and clear
all vases of mosquito eggs and larvae.
What we ourselves must do:
Empty all outside containers of standing water to prevent breeding of
heartworm carrying mosquitoes.
Clean gutters so rainwater flows freely and no water collects to provide
a breeding ground for heartworm.
Flush out outdoor plants with axils, such as bromeliads, every few days.
Keep bird baths clean and freshly filled. They are a common source of
heartworm-carrying mosquitoes on your property.
Stop faucets or hoses from dripping for the same reason. It only takes
one drop of water to hatch dozens of mosquitoes which will stay close to
your home but which may feed on your neighbor’s heartworm infected dog.
Remove moisture-harboring vegetation from ditches.
Drain water from boats, and make sure none gathers in creases and folds
of covers. Again, mosquitoes may hatch, bite the dog with heartworm in
the boat next to yours and then feed on your dog when you return to the
Pick up dumped items such as foam cups, soda can, or food wrappers from
empty properties, lots, or forests. Remember, the ATM (Asian Tiger
Mosquitos) can lay eggs in tiny amounts of water collected in a crumpled
Mosquito pathogens and larvicides can be used in ponds and ditches.
According to the makers, it does not harm fish, aquatic organisms,
plants, or animals. (BTI, or bacillus thuringiensis israeliensis, is a
bacterial compound in liquid, granular, and briquette forms. Bactimos,
Teknar, and Vectabac are trade names.)
I would however, prevent your dog from drinking from these sources as
they are contaminated with other toxins and bacteria and of course, the
dog will disturb resting mosquitoes and be bitten.
We are a nation of 60 million pet owners. Let’s get them all to pitch
in, along with friends and neighbors. Wipe out ATM and win the fight
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