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Mosquitos are flying syringes ... able to transmit germs, diseases, and parasites from animal to animal including humans.

Most pets don't seem to be bothered too much by mosquitos, and luckily, many of the serious diseases spread by mosquitos aren't too common in the United States. 

But still, 2 diseases spread by mosquitos are serious problems in the U.S. ... heartworms and encephalitis ... so if you have a pet that spends a lot of time outdoors at night, you might consider using one of the products that helps repel and kill mosquitos.

You should know that mosquitos have a flying range of several miles.

In the column to your left, I've copied some fun and interesting stuff about mosquito control for humans.

A list of the diseases carried by mosquitos

Heartworm disease in both dogs and cats

Eastern equine encephalitis
Japanese encephalitis
La Crosse encephalitis
St. Louis encephalitis
Western equine encephalitis

West Nile virus
Rift Valley Fever

Yellow Fever
Dengue Fever

Mosquito control products for pets

Reduce mosquito breeding areas around your yard.  Mosquito larvae mature in standing water.

Natural repellents for the environment such as sandalwood or citronella oils, mosquito candles, sticks, and torches are somewhat helpful.

Flea sprays containing pyrethrin or permethrin are fairly effective against mosquitos but note that permethrins ARE NOT SAFE FOR CATS.

Human mosquito repellents containing DEET are also not safe for pets.

The Advantage Flea products are good for mosquito control

Vectra3D does a good job of flea control, tick control, and mosquito control

BioSpot ... an over the counter flea product does a poor job of flea control but does a good job on mosquitos

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Some fun or interesting stuff about mosquitos

I'm not endorsing any of the following information as accurate, but you might find it interesting:

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Bob, a fisherman, takes one vitamin B-1 tablet a day
April through October .
He said it works.

He's right.
The odor the tablet gives out through your skin
(the odor is not noticeable to humans) repels mosquitos, black flies, no seeum's, and knat's.

It does not work on stinging insects.

Hasn't had a mosquito bite in 33 years. Try it.

B-1 (Thiamine HCL 100 mg.)

NPR reports that if you eat bananas,
the mosquitos like you, something about the banana oil as your body processes it. (Maybe they need the potassium too)

Stop eating bananas for the summer and the mosquitos will be much less interested.

This is going to floor you, but one of the best
insect repellents someone found (who is in the woods every day), is Vick's Vaporub.

Plant marigolds around the yard, the flowers give off
a smell that bugs do not like,
so plant some in that garden also to help ward
off bugs without using insecticides.

"Tough guy" Marines who spend a great deal of time
"camping out" say that the very best mosquito
repellant you can use is Avon Skin-So-Soft bath oil mixed about
half and half with alcohol.

Mix your own herbal repellent:
20 drops Eucalyptus oil
20 drops Cedarwood oil
10 drops Tea Tree oil
10 drops Geranium oil
2 oz. carrier oil (such as Jojoba oil)

Mix together in a 4 oz. container. Apply to skin as needed avoiding the eye area. Keep out of reach of children.

Test on a small area of skin for sensitivities .
Experiment with different percentages of essential oil

One of the best natural insect repellents that I've discovered is made from the clear real vanilla (not the grocery store vanilla extract which is mostly alcohol). This is the pure vanilla that is sold in Mexico. It's cheap there if you know of someone that lives there or in the US close to the border.
If not, health food stores usually carry it or can order it
for you. I use it half vanilla and half water and find
that it works great for mosquitoes and ticks,
don't know about other insects.