Mosquito Joe Recognizes National Mosquito Control Awareness Week

Every year, the week of June 26 is declared National Mosquito Control Awareness Week by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA). This year, we recognize this important week starting Sunday, June 23 until June 29. AMCA’s main goal for this annual week-long event is to “educate the general public about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the important service provided by mosquito control workers throughout the United States and worldwide.” Mosquito control awareness is Mosquito Joe’s goal year round, so this year for awareness week, we wanted to find a way that not only educated our communities, but also gave back.

For Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2013 through our Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign, Mosquito Joe franchises across the country are partnering with local blood banks and donating 10% of sales from each new customer who signs up for a mosquito treatment during the week to those centers.

“National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is a very important time of year for us so we wanted to make sure we did our part to give back to the local communities where we operate,” said Mosquito Joe CEO (aka Head Joe) Kevin Wilson. Going one step further, select locations are providing additional community advocacy during the week with free treatment services to public outdoor areas, such as preschools, churches, and recreation centers.

If you read our blog posts about vector borne illnesses like lyme disease and malaria, you know mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance; they are a health risk as well. Cases of West Nile Virus and EEE continue to be reported across the United States. Mosquito Joe is your first line of defense against pesky, disease carrying insects. So, if you have been thinking about signing up for Mosquito Joe services, next week is the perfect opportunity to make the leap, stay mosquito free, and give back to your local blood bank through Mosquito Joe.

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Meet A Joe: Denise Morris

The name Mosquito Joe often begs the question “Who is Joe?” – so every once in awhile, we’d like to introduce you to our “Joes” who work hard on the front lines and behind the scenes to serve our customers and combat mosquitoes and other pesky insects. This week’s highlight is on Virginia Beach-Norfolk’s Joe, Denise Morris. Denise is the Operations manager for Mosquito Joe of Virginia Beach – Norfolk, working among our Corporate team, and in the full swing of her second spray season with Mosquito Joe. She’s also our “Mama Joe,” always making sure everyone in the office is taken care of. Denise answers questions about bugs all day long so we thought we’d throw her a few different curveballs in our conversation.

If you had to explain your job to a five year old, how would you describe it?

We work very hard to keep all those nasty bugs that bite away. That way you can go outside and play without getting those itchy bug bites.

If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you and why?

My daughters. They each have a different part of my personality and together would play me perfectly.

What’s your favorite room in your house and why?

My dining room. It’s where we come together every day. We have laughed,  argued, cried, solved problems, and loved at that table. There is no better place.

What are the biggest strengths professionally that you bring to the Mosquito Joe team?

My connection with people and my attention to detail.

We’re so thankful for Denise and all of our Joe’s! Stay tuned to meet more of them in future posts.

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DEET – Deterrent or Waste of Money?

With all the reports in the news about mosquitoes, many regarding the spread of West Nile and Lyme disease, it is no doubt you and your family are searching for ways to keep your yard bug and disease free. Throughout your research you probably saw four letters appear quite frequently: DEET. Now you may be asking yourself well, what is DEET? DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) is the active ingredient in many insect repellent products. Sprays, lotions, wrist bands, and belt clips you see advertised for insect repellent more than likely have DEET as their main ingredient. And while the EPA says DEET is completely safe, research has argued if it’s truly as effective as often published.

Earlier this year a study done by scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine showed that at first mosquitoes were repelled by the scent of DEET, but after just a couple of hours they would get used to it, and later just plain ignore it. Another study referenced on the CDC website shows that depending on the amount of DEET in a product, its effectiveness ranges from about an hour and a half for products with lower amounts of DEET to five hours for products containing a higher percentage of DEET.

It’s great to have an effective product but when it comes to enjoying your time outside, you don’t want to be restricted by a short time limit for effectiveness – you want a no-hassle, consistent and ongoing solution to keeping bugs at bay. While researchers continue to argue the effectiveness of DEET as an ingredient in mosquito repellents and how long it repels, avoid the guessing game and call Mosquito Joe. We’ll set up a barrier around your yard to keep mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks out for up to 21 days per service. Our certified technician will provide a customized treatment addressing all your problem areas and will return every three weeks for ongoing protection. Just like DEET, the chemicals used in our barrier sprays are EPA approved so once they’re dry (about 30 minutes) your kids and pets can go right back to playing outside. If you want an all-natural solution, we offer those treatments as well.

So as you consider your method of mosquito control this season, consider the consistent, affordable and convenient solution of Mosquito Joe. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, (and we think you’ll smell a lot better than using those awful sprays), so find your local Joe and give us a call today. Let’s make outside fun again.

Photo credit: Fox News

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