Naturally, the beauty and geography found within Howard County and Montgomery County is a draw for horse lovers, from wooded sanctuaries that offer plenty of shade and space for riding trails, to wide open spaces perfect for grazing, training and pastures. As any proactive horse owner knows, taking precautions to keep your equine safe from disease is important. This includes feeding your horse a proper diet and staying on schedule with veterinary care. Preventative care is just as important in maintaining the health of your horse and ensuring you are able to enjoy the benefits of horse ownership for years to come. Smart preventative care of your equine should include mosquito control and prevention practices within the pasture and your horse’s living quarters to prevent your horse from contracting a dangerous mosquito-borne illness such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis ( referred to as Triple E, or EEE).
In our regions mosquito-borne illness is a concern for all residents. Mosquitoes are not only bothersome, they are also known vectors of many mosquito-borne illnesses that can make you, your family and your pets very sick. The most prevalent mosquito-borne illness that places horses and other species of equine at risk each season is Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
What is EEE?
Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a viral disease which is transmitted to mosquitoes by feeding from birds infected with the virus. The disease is then passed onto a host from the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus. The disease can infect equine such as horses, donkeys, mules and zebras and other types of animals such as alpacas, llamas, and sheep. Though rare, humans can contract the disease as well, with the elderly and those with suppressed immune systems most at risk for becoming gravely ill from EEE. Horse enthusiasts and those who depend on the horse industry as their livelihood should take the dangers of Eastern Equine Encephalitis very seriously because there is no cure for the disease and in horses the disease is usually fatal.
Controlling the mosquitoes in your horse’s environment is crucial to preventing this illness. Many horse owners overlook the need for mosquito control as they feel that fly sprays and topical insect repellents are enough to keep the mosquitoes away, which is not the case. Fly sprays generally target flies and lice and offer very little protection from biting mosquitoes. In order to properly protect your horse you must instill the practice of mosquito control and prevention. One of the most effective and safest methods for protecting your horse from mosquitoes is a mosquito misting system.
Mosquito Squad of Montgomery County & Howard County’s mosquito misting system is designed to spray a fine mist around an area to kill mosquitoes. Nozzles for the spray can be installed to fence lines or around the perimeter of the home, or barn, to protect the entire area. Alternatively, nozzles may also be fitted to parts of your outdoor living areas, including horse stalls. Periodically, the fine mist is automatically released ( generally 2-4 times daily) providing you with the protection you need. The system is also adjustable so you can decide if your specific area needs more or less protection.
Contact Mosquito Squad of Montgomery County & Howard County today to learn more about keeping you, your family and your equine safe and protected — it just makes good horse sense! You can reach us at (301) 926-3001 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org