World Malaria Day

When your tagline is “Outside is Fun Again.”, it’s a sure thing that fun is something that’s on the agenda most of the time. Normally Mosquito Joe is talking about the fun of a mosquito-free yard and all that comes with that, but today is a sobering reminder that mosquito borne illnesses are prevalent, and not everywhere in the world has the resources available to eliminate mosquitoes.

Today is World Malaria Day. Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes.  The World Health Organization reports approximately half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria. And while malaria may not be an issue in the United States, that statistic is one to think about with 7 billion people in the world.

While fun is a goal for Mosquito Joe, so is helping. One of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent the spread of malaria is to provide insecticide-treated bed nets to communities where malaria is a daily problem. These long-lasting nets cost just about $10 each and work by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when most transmissions occur. At the same time, malaria can be treated with effective medicines that cost on average just $2.00 per treatment course, so no contribution is too small. Below are some foundations that you can donate to and help stop the spread of malaria.

The Against Malaria Foundation ensures nets end up over heads
Against Malaria Foundation
100% of your donation buys long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets. The Against Malaria Foundation ensures nets end up over heads and beds.

deliver them to at-risk populations
Nothing But Nets
Your donation will be used to buy long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, deliver them to at-risk populations, and provide education on their proper use.

we recognize World Malaria Day and support
Nets for Life

Your donation will be used to buy long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, deliver them to at-risk populations, and train community leaders to teach malaria prevention and treatment methods.

World Malaria Day and support efforts to defeat malaria
Malaria Consortium
Malaria Consortium is dedicated to delivering effective prevention and treatment to people in Africa and Asia.

Thank you for helping us as we recognize World Malaria Day and support efforts to defeat malaria.

Photo Credit: Malaria Consortium 


Wishing You an Eggcellent Weekend!

I grew up on the North Carolina coast which made beach music a regular in my parent’s cars when they were carting me and my sister around. Whenever Easter weekend is around the corner it takes me back to listening to Chairmen of the Board and their classic line “I can’t wait ’til it’s Easter weekend ’cause I know it won’t be long before summer begins!” and not only is it fun to sing, it is true! Easter weekend signifies the turning of the seasons even if the thermostat doesn’t and makes us all feel as though we’ve reached the end of that long tunnel called winter!

In the spirit of approaching warmer weather and those of you already basking in the warm sunshine, I thought I’d share a few ideas to give some new life to your annual Easter egg hunt. We love any holiday that has an excuse to head out into the yard and play!

  • Assign each egg hunter a different color to fill their basket during the Easter egg hunt.
  • Move the big hunt to Easter eve and break out the flashlights. Paint the eggs with glow in the dark paint for an added wow factor for the kiddos.
  • Create a checklist: 3 yellow eggs, 2 blue eggs, 5 orange, etc. Each egg seeker tries to finish his checklist before returning for a prize.
  • For older kids, turn it into a scavenger hunt. Open one egg to find a clue that leads to the next and then finally to a surprise!

From all of us at Mosquito Joe we hope you have an eggspecially wonderful Easter filled with lots of chocolate bunnies, sunshine, and successful Easter egg hunts. Enjoy the weekend!


Win a Free Treatment from Mosquito Joe!

When you start thinking about the summer that lies ahead of you and all the things you want to do, a lot of them are probably outdoors. Grilling, games of fetch with your dog, laying by the pool, or just sitting on the back deck enjoying an ice cold beverage. We know what would make all of these things perfect and that’s doing all of this with no mosquitoes, for free. Let’s take it a step further and think about the neighborhood barbecue you and your friends have been talking about. What if their yard was mosquito-free too and again, for free? Yep, that’s right.

Mosquito Joe wants to give you and your neighbors the perfect summer to kick back and relax in your yards (all of them!) so we’re launching our Be Your Block Hero contest today. You can enter for the chance to win a free spray for you and your neighbors! It is simple to enter too, all you have to do is find us on Facebook (we’re assuming you’ve already liked our page because you love us but if you haven’t, do that first) then find the Be Your Block Hero tab under our cover photo. Click the tab and fill out the short entry form.  That’s it, friends. That’s all that stands between you and a chance to win that awesome block party where you’re the star because you made sure mosquitoes weren’t invited.

I’m going to stop writing so you can stop reading and head on over to Facebook. Be sure to share this blog post (and our Facebook page) with anyone you think may be interested because every neighbor who enters the contest increases your chances of receiving a free spray too!  Good luck!


Pet Health is No Joke

We all know what today is. It is a glorious day where pranks are allowed, encouraged, and that some of us fall victim to. It is April Fools Day. I can remember in high school thinking it was hilarious to call my parents (who had graciously added me to their insurance policy) to tell them I had just received my third speeding ticket. That April Fools Day joke was a huge fail, and thankfully my need for speed has slowed with age. Probably because I pay my own insurance now!

One thing that we don’t joke about around Mosquito Joe is the health issues that come along with mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. Normally we’re discussing ways to keep you humans safe, but what you might not know is that we’re looking out for your four legged friends too. Did you know mosquitoes, fleas and ticks can cause all of the following in dogs and cats?

  • Allergies
  • Tapeworms
  • Heartworm
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Skin Infections
  • Lyme
  • Tick paralysis
  • Ehrlichia

Mosquito Joe offers you the best offense to these diseases, and that’s a good defense. Protecting your yard with our barrier sprays eliminates fleas and ticks keeping your pets safe and healthy. Spring time should be a time of fetch, chase, and wiggles in the grass, so make sure you contact your local Mosquito Joe and get on the schedule. If not for you, do it for your pets! Outside can be fun again for them, too. And that’s no joke.