There is no shortage of stories in the media regarding how mosquitoes cause severe illnesses and death to millions of people around the world. Less attention, however, is focused on the damage that these disease-carrying pests can inflict on animals. Horses in particular are large, inviting targets for mosquitoes. Horses in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast states are at risk of contracting a mosquito-borne disease known as Eastern equine encephalitis(EEE), an affliction that attacks the central nervous system and can cause severe health complications and even death. An equally lethal version of the disease, known as Western equine encephalitis (WEE), is sometimes found in horses west of the Mississippi River and in portions of Canada and Mexico.
West Nile Virus in Horses
Another disease that poses a threat to horses is West Nile encephalitis that is caused by the West Nile Virus transmitted via mosquito bites. Here are a few West Nile Virus facts that every horse owner should know:
- West Nile Virus can cause an inflammation of the central nervous system that is potentially fatal.
- Infections are most likely to occur in the late summer and early fall in horses located in Mid-Atlantic and northeastern states.
- There is no specific treatment or known cure for West Nile Virus in horses, although veterinary care can help to alleviate some symptoms.
- Common WNV symptoms in horses include aimless wandering or walking in circles, weakness or paralysis in hind limbs, inability to swallow, head pressing, and in later stages, coma and death.
Protecting Horses Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases
Horse farm owners bear the responsibility of protecting their animals against the serious diseases carried by mosquitoes. There are a lot of factors that should be considered when creating an effective strategy for farm mosquito control. One way to limit the risk to your animals is to remove sources of stagnant water that serve as prime mosquito breeding grounds. Even a small puddle or water that collects in an old bucket or wheel barrow can be highly attractive to mosquitoes, so be sure to check your property thoroughly. Using the right type of trap can also provide effective and safe mosquito control for horses and other animals throughout the season.
Mosquito Magnet® Traps Provide Safe and Reliable Mosquito Control for Pets
If you own horses or pets such as cats and dogs, a Mosquito Magnet® trap can provide the pet mosquito protection solution you need. Mosquitoes are attracted by the carbon dioxide found in the exhaled breath of animals. Mosquito Magnet® works by emitting a precise and steady stream of carbon dioxide, heat and moisture to lure mosquitoes to the trap. The patented CounterFlow™ Technology vacuums them into a specially designed net where they become trapped and die of dehydration within 24 hours. And you get the benefit of long-term mosquito control for pets!
Implement Mosquito Control for Your Animals Before It’s Too Late!
Implementing effective and safe mosquito control for pets and horses, including installing a Mosquito Magnet® trap, will keep your animals out of harm’s way and give you peace of mind. Don’t wait until it’s too late: order your trap today!