Are Hookworms in your soil?

“Will Wondercide kill hookworms, ova, larva, and mature worms in the environment?”

Hookworm

Hookworms (like roundworms and tapeworms) are intestinal parasites, but unlike roundworms and tapeworms they can persist and live in the soil and environment without an intermediate host. The hookworm enjoys warm, southern, tropical climates, but have even been found in more temperate areas such as North Carolina and Virginia.

Most dogs (and cats) will acquire hookworm larvae by ingesting them during routine cleaning; however, hookworms are known to penetrate through the skin (paws, belly, etc.) into the digestive tract of the animal. There, they attach to the intestinal lining and deposit eggs, which are excreted into the feces of the dog or cat.

The key step to controlling hookworms is to maintain a clean and sanitary environment. Picking up pet feces is an easy way to ensure you are doing your part to keeping your pet happy and healthy. For treating the environment, Wondercide recommends using EcoTreat Outdoor Pest Control organic lawn care in and around the yard to control the spread of hookworms and other parasites (fleas, ticks, mosquitoes). EcoTreat’s biggest attribute is its ability to dissolve insect egg and larvae, which is crucial in controlling hookworms. This will essentially break the egg layer cycle to create a barrier of re-entry, which will subsequently eliminate the next generation of insects. Voila, parasites no more!

Hookworm Life Cycle

EcoTreat Outdoor Pest Control is a water soluble, natural lawn care concentrate that comes in pints, quarts, or gallon bottles. It is best applied with a hose-end sprayer outside and will provide multiple applications. To apply, just put 6-8 ounces of concentrate into the lawn sprayer. Either set the “concentrate” sprayer to 1tsp or fill the “pre-mix” sprayer to 26 ounces with water. Attach to the garden hose and start spraying. Spray dirt, grass, concrete, or any outdoor surface area because fleas, ticks, and hookworms can live anywhere!

On first application, we recommend treating twice within 7-10 days. After that,  treat routinely every 4-6 weeks.  If you are controlling pests in a shelter or rescue setting where dogs come in and out all the time, you may safely treat more often as needed to maintain control of your environment. The same is true for areas with high pest pressure.

 

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