Happy Halloween from Mosquito Joe!

Whatever your plans are for this evening – pumpkin carving, trick or treating in a frightful costume, or curling up with some popcorn and a good scary movie, we hope you have a safe and wonderful Halloween!

And if indeed that plan is a scary movie marathon, be sure to include this one. It’s one of our favorites. (Click the image to watch the trailer…)

 Mosquito the Movie

Happy Halloween from all of us at Mosquito Joe! We hope it is filled with treats and no tricks, and of course…no mosquitoes.

 

photo credit: Taste of Home

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Winterizing for Mosquitoes: Your Guide to Off Season Protection

The cooler weather is settling in, the leaves have begun to show the first signs of changing colors, and pumpkins and sweaters are making appearances in many cities. That also means that in many areas, we’re wrapping up our season.

If you want to know when to expect mosquitoes to go on hiatus in your area, consult your local weather station.  Until you’ve had your first frost and temperatures stay below 45, you may still see them buzzing around.

Those who are still enjoying some warmth and sunshine should still rely on Mosquito Joe services to keep your yard itch free. (For any folks in South Texas, our new location in the Rio Grande Valley is happily taking on new service calls!)

If you’re already bundling up before leaving the house, you may feel safe from pesky mosquitoes for the season, but that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down when it comes to buzzing in the backyard. There’s still some precautions to take in the fall and winter months to maintain a mosquito-free yard, even after your last spray. Here’s what you should know:

In the autumn months after mating, male mosquitoes die. But did you know female mosquitoes actually hibernate? That’s right, they can actually survive the winter months. In the spring when the weather warms up, they seek blood to feed on so they can lay their eggs. All mosquito larvae (eggs) require water, even in winter, and mosquito larvae can last years. As the water temperature drops, it basically creates a dormant stage in the mosquito larvae called diapause, which stops further development. Development resumes when the water warms again. To make sure you don’t have this problem, remove all standing water from your yard and remove objects like toys or flower pots that can collect rainwater.

Just because some seasons are wrapping up doesn’t mean we’re kicking our feet up. Mosquito Joe is still working hard to bring our mosquito control services to new areas. We’re growing and so excited about new locations for the 2014 season. If Mosquito Joe isn’t in your area, maybe you should consider being the local Joe in your neighborhood. Everyone loves a hero.

And for all those customers who have seen the yellow MoJo van for the last time this season, we say THANK YOU. We love making outside fun again and you give us the opportunity to do that.

photo credit: simonnjulia via photopin cc

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Yellow Fever and Dengue Fever Scares in the United States

Over the past week California residents were greeted by headlines that caused worry and confusion. News articles and vector control agencies are warning residents that the mosquito that carries Yellow Fever and Dengue, know as the Aedes aegypti, has been found in California. While the mosquitoes that have been trapped in California haven’t tested positive for the diseases as of yet, this is still big news.  First of all, we haven’t seen incidence of Yellow Fever in the United States since the early 1900s; its prominence is in South America and Africa, so the idea of any expansion into the U.S. is a concerning one. As for Dengue, unfortunately these headlines aren’t the first we’ve seen of the mosquito-borne illness this year. Residents in Florida and Texas have been battling mosquitoes actually carrying Dengue (and the disease itself) since July.  If an infected person is bitten by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, its bite continues to transmit the disease to others.

The Aedes aegypti is a dark mosquito with white markings and banded legs, pictured above. The big problem with these mosquitoes is that they don’t have prime feeding times like a typical mosquito (dusk and dawn). They bite all day, and they will readily come inside homes. The craziest fact? They only need a teaspoon of water to lay eggs! So, if you live in an area the mosquito has been found, it is imperative to monitor standing water in your yard. And if you think you’ve been infected with either disease, always see your doctor. While both viruses tend to be mild, the severe cases can be deadly.

According to the CDC, symptoms of Dengue are high fever, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash, and mild bleeding. There is no specific medication for the virus but it can be treated with over the counter painkillers and fever reducers. This is also true for Yellow Fever, in which symptoms include sudden onset of fever, chills, severe headache, back pain, general body aches, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, and weakness.

It is important to note that no cases of Yellow Fever have been reported in the U.S. at this time, just the mosquito that carries the disease.

Headlines like these remind us that mosquito-borne illness is not something to take lightly. If you start to see news about threats like this in your area, please take all necessary precautions to keep your yard mosquito-free. The best defense is to call a vector control professional like Mosquito Joe to protect your home, but there are also plenty of key tips to keeping your yard from becoming a mosquito sanctuary.

Photo credit: Smithsonian Magazine 

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Mosquito Joe in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

This month we are more than thrilled to see Mosquito Joe franchisees Kurt and Melissa Godwin featured in the November issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, which recently hit newsstands. There’s a saying out there that any press is good press – well, we’re not sure about that but we are sure that a feature article in a magazine like Kiplinger’s is a great accomplishment.

Kiplinger’s article, Off to a Fresh Start, invites readers to explore “hitting the reset button” on careers in midlife. Mosquito Joe of Howard County (MD) owners Kurt and Melissa did just that in 2012 when they not only got married, they opened their mosquito control business together. Kurt was a commercial pilot for over two decades, and Melissa worked for the state of Pennsylvania for 25 years. They wanted something they could do together and gave them more flexibility with their schedules.  Insert Mosquito Joe’s great lifestyle, seasonal business opportunity as a perfect solution. In the article the couple talks about the benefits to owning their own business and providing a much needed service. “I love working for myself,” says Melissa. “I control everything I do. I’m helping our customers keep their kids safe outside. I feel like the job I’m doing now is for a purpose.”

We couldn’t be more excited for the Godwins – for their early success with their business, for the great things they’re doing for their community, and for their special feature in Kiplinger’s.  Read the full article here.

This has been a great year for Mosquito Joe. We opened 15 new locations and are continuing to grow our mosquito control businesses nationwide. We’ve been able to watch all our new franchisees make a huge decision to change their life and start something new.

As we edge into the last quarter of the year, we tend to take annual stock of where we are in life – our job, where we live, our health. If you’re reconsidering your career or ready for a change, perhaps franchising is something you should consider. And while mosquito control may seem out of your skill set, you actually don’t need any pest control experience to get started. That’s part of what’s so great about a franchise system – we provide all the training and systems for you! So think about us. We’ll be here…and growing. And in the mean time, make sure you contact your local Joe to keep your yard mosquito-free.

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The Green Industry & Equipment Expo Has Us Louisville Bound!

What happens when you take a 500,000 sq. ft. expo center and fill it with 750 exhibits, then use 19 outdoor acres for outdoor demonstrations from the lawn and landscape industry? You get the Green Industry and Equipment Expo!  Our very own Joe Cool (aka Walter) and I are heading to Louisville, KY this month for the GIE + Expo to share the Mosquito Joe franchise opportunity and we couldn’t be more excited.

As we head to the Bluegrass State, we are looking forward to showing all those in the lawn and landscape industry how they can leverage a Mosquito Joe business to make their portfolio more profitable and solve another problem their current customers already have: pesky mosquitoes. The Green Industry and Equipment Expo is the largest trade show for outdoor power equipment, lawn and garden equipment, light construction and landscape equipment and MoJo is the perfect addition to the existing businesses of this event’s attendees.

The event takes place October 24-25 at the KY Expo Center. Learn more about it and register at http://gie-expo.com/gieexpo/.  Then be sure to stop by Booth 257 to talk to us and learn about how you can be the hero of your neighborhood and make outside fun again for your community. If you want to come prepared with some background, check out our website to learn more about the Mosquito Joe franchise opportunity or call us at 855-564-6563.

Photo credit: Outdoor Power Equipment Institute 

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