Fight a Good Fight Against Mosquitoes and Ticks

Oh boy, it has begun…an all out war…It’s the season of the killer bugs, and that’s not exaggerating. Mosquitoes and ticks carry more diseases now than ever before, and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that the statistics say this year will be worse than the last. It has been reported that ticks on the Northshore are carrying a disease called Pawassan Virus. CBS Boston states that 15% of the people that contract Pawassan Virus will die. Other tick-borne diseases in Massachusetts include Lyme disease, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis. Scary, and we haven’t even touched on the diseases that mosquitoes are carrying. When it comes to our Dogs we know Heartworm is the enemy that is transferred through mosquitos. We are all petrified of West Nile, Malaria, and Zika, but there are at least seven other diseases hiding in the mosquito population; Chikungunya, Dengue, Yellow Fever, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, LaCrosse Encephalitis, and Western Equine Encephalitis. It's not just mosquitoes and ticks, fleas are carrying infectious diseases as well. So what do we do? How can we combat all of these bugs and keep our dogs and ourselves healthy this season? We fight back, that’s what we do. Let's look at a few organic and natural ways to fight a good fight against mosquitoes and ticks.

Felice J. Freyer, a writer for the Boston Globe calls the up and coming Spring-Summer season a "2017 tick apocalypse, “ and The Boston Patch lists Boston in the top 20 worse places exposed to the biggest populations of mosquitoes. So what do we do to defend ourselves, and our dogs against these deadly bugs? While there are a lot of good products on the market, it can be 100% safe for you and your dog to fight a good fight against mosquitoes and ticks without the use of standard bug control warfare; most of which contain toxic chemicals and poisons. Stay with natural and Organic companies. Luckily there are healthier options, some you might even find yourself using. Whatever plan of action you take just make informed decisions and do something to protect yourself and your dog.

Let's start with protection and prevention from an aerial attack. Armouring with essential oils and vinegar are two of the easiest ways to protect yourself and your dog from attacking bugs. Essential oils are quickly becoming a normal staple in a lot of homes and chance are you have a bottle that can be used as a repellant somewhere on hand. Never use synthetic oil; you get what you pay for. Fake essential oils are not organically structured to react like natural oils are. This is long and complicated to explain but a synthetic oil does not have the medicinal value that naturals oil have. It’s easy to make your homemade, non-toxic insect repellant, use an essential oil from the list below and add it to a spray bottle full of water or add it to the vinegar…mist your dog throughout the day. Smells better than bug spray and works just as well (unless you use Neem oil…very effective but kinda stinky).

Here is a list of essential oils that bugs don’t like:

• Citronella

• Clove

• Lemongrass

• Rosemary

• Tea Tree (I bet a majority of you have this handy)

• Cajeput

• Eucalyptus

• Cedar

• Catnip

• Lavender (you may possibly have this one handy too)