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Help prevent mosquito-borne disease with automatic watering from Ritchie.

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The Problem

Mosquito Eggs Require Standing Water to Hatch Into Successful Larvae

  • An adult female lays about 100-400 eggs in clusters called rafts, which float on the surface of the water.
  • All mosquitoes must have water to complete their life cycle.
  • Mosquitoes breed in stagnant, standing water – as little as a teaspoon or bottle cap of water standing for more than a week is enough for eggs to develop into adult mosquitoes.
  • Mosquito larvae feed on organic matter in stagnant water and breathe oxygen from the surface.

The Threat

Mosquito-Borne Diseases

  • Zika Virus

    • Zika virus is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters, but can also bite at night.
    • The virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.
    • There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
    • Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. Other symptoms may include muscle pain or headache.
  • Heartworm

    • Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease most commonly found in dogs and cats that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels.
    • The disease, transmitted by infected mosquitos, can also be found in ferrets, wolves, coyotes, and foxes and in rare cases, humans.
    • Signs include a mild persistent cough, fatigue, decreased appetite and weight loss.
  • West Nile Virus

    • West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of arbovirus encephalitis in horses and humans in the United States.
    • The virus has been identified in the entire continental United States, most of Canada and Mexico.
    • The case fatality rate for horses exhibiting clinical signs of WNV infection is approximately 33%.
    • Most humans (70-80%) who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms
  • Dengue Fever

    • Dengue Fever is caused by any one of four related Dengue viruses transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.
    • The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the most important transmitter or vector of dengue viruses in the Western Hemisphere.
    • Symptoms include high fever, sever headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash and mild bleeding (e.g., nose or gums bleed, easy bruising)
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The Solution

Automatic Watering From Ritchie

Ritchie Automatic Waterers are designed with animal health in mind. Good water quality is the foundation to sustaining a healthy care regimen. The low volume design of Ritchie troughs supply plenty of water without the attraction for larvae because the water is not present long enough to allow for mosquito larvae develop before it is replaced with a fresh supply.

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Our Promise

Fresh Water For Life

Ritchie Automatic Waterers provide fresh water on demand allowing your animals to fully hydrate without the contaminants and attraction to rodents, insect larvae, or other debris that are present with troughs and standing surface water.

Why Ritchie?

Additional Benefits

See what sets Ritchie Automatic Waterers apart from the competition.

Smaller water surface and fresh flowing water means less breeding ground for insects.

Worry-free float system means your animals never have to wait for water.

Low maintenance means they are easy to setup, easy to use, easy to maintain.

Smooth cleaning surface reduces the use of chemicals that are harmful.

Your time spent watering animals and cleaning troughs decreases dramatically.

Both heated and non-heated units available across most Ritchie models.

Automatic watering saves money and waters your animals at a fraction of the cost.

All Ritchie waterers carry a 10 year warranty.

Take Action

Get Watering with a New Ritchie Waterer

Fresh water is vital to your animal’s health, contact your Ritchie dealer for more information on going automatic.

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