Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP)

 

At Mosquito Joe, we care about making your outdoor spaces something to be enjoyed. Whether you’re hosting a barbecue, having fun with the kids, or playing a game of fetch with Fido, outdoor pests such as mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas should be the least of your concerns. To show our commitment to improving the lives of our customers, we’re excited to announce our partnership with the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program.  Established by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1994, the program seeks to decrease the amount of risks associated with pest management in areas where people live, work and play. 

This partnership provides an opportunity to showcase the ways that Mosquito Joe seeks to protect the communities we serve. Keep reading to see some of the initiatives Mosquito Joe has in place!

Integrated Pest Management

The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program encourages members to use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to find innovative solutions to common pest management challenges. This approach to pest management takes into consideration the life cycle of pests as well as the environment. Mosquitoes go through four life stages; egg, larvae, pupae, and adult. Once fully matured, mosquitoes are able to breed and wreak havoc. While male mosquitoes can live up to 10 days, female mosquitoes can live as long as 6 weeks. In addition to eliminating mosquitoes on contact, our treatment schedules interrupt the life cycle of mosquito populations which make treatments more effective. We also offer an all-natural treatment that aligns with the goals of Integrated Pest Management. Applied every 14 days rather than 21, this treatment option is ideal for those that seek an alternative to synthetic products.  

Customer Education

A major aspect of our partnership with PESP is educating customers on the importance of mosquito, tick and flea control. While these pests are known as common nuisances, they can also pose a number of health risks. Vector-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease are frequently reported throughout the summer and fall months. Mosquito Joe makes customer education a top priority to ensure the communities we serve are made aware of reported cases of vector-borne illness in their local area. Sharing tips on how to maintain an itch-free backyard provides another level of protection for yourself, your family and your pets!

In addition to regularly sharing educational information, Mosquito Joe works to raise awareness about the prevalence of vector-borne illnesses abroad. Each year we partner with the Nothing but Nets foundation to provide treated bed nets to families in regions where malaria is prevalent such as Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. We’re proud to announce that Mosquito Joe has been able to raise over $67,000 and contribute over 6,700 bed nets to families in need. 

Mosquito Joe’s partnership with the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program demonstrates the pride we take in not only making outside fun again, but in working to improve the communities we serve. With our satisfaction guarantee, Mosquito Joe aims to provide an itch-free environment for our customers. Click here to find a Mosquito Joe location in your area and get on the schedule today!

For more information on the PESP program, click here to visit the official website.

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The Life Cycle of a Mosquito

 

It’s important to create awareness around the life cycle of mosquitoes, because having a better understanding of the process will help you prevent mosquito breeding in your yard. Did you know that adult female mosquitoes can lay eggs individually or by the hundred all at once? Eggs can hatch within short time periods (48 hours) or endure freezing temperatures and dry conditions for long time periods before eventually hatching. The eggs must be submerged into water in order to hatch, so eliminating all standing water in your yard is vital. 

The mosquito goes through four separate and distinct stages of its life cycle; egg, larvae, pupa and adult. Each of these stages can be easily recognized by its special appearance.

The Life Cycle of a Mosquito

  • Stage 1: Eggs- Rafts Floating: Female mosquitoes lay hundreds of eggs every few days during their lifespan, directly on or near water. They can be attached to other eggs and form rafts, such as the case of Culex species while other species, such as Aedes lay their eggs singly. Water is required in order for the eggs to hatch which typically happens within 48 hours (once eggs hatch, larvae emerge).
  • Stage 2: Larvae- Rolling All Around: Larvae are referred to as “rollers” because of how they appear while swimming, this is also known as the baby stage. Larvae live in the water and come to the surface to breathe; molting their skin four times (growing larger after each molt). Most larvae have tubes for breathing and hang upside down from the water surface. After undergoing four stages of molting, the larvae become pupae.
  • Stage 3: Pupae (non-feeding stage/hardest to control)- Resting Before They Make Their Grand Entrance: The Pupae is considered the teenage stage of the life cycle, and the non-feeding era. Pupa still live in the water and continue to swim around. They are often referred to as “tumblers” because when disturbed, pupae tumble down to the safety of deeper water, and gradually float back to the surface. They are lighter than water so they live at the surface, and must occasionally take oxygen through breathing tubes called, “trumpets.” During this stage, the adult mosquito begins to develop, which can take up to four days dependent upon the temperature of the water.
  • Stage 4: Adult- Finally All Grown Up: Adult mosquitoes will rest on the water with two concerns; mating and feeding. Once the body is completely dry and hardened, and the wings have fully opened, they are able to fly. Males locate females by the sound of their wings. Once they mate, males live three to five days and females live considerably longer, upwards of one to two months.

Don’t let mosquitoes setup shop in your backyard, ensure you’re eliminating any standing water, keeping your lawn cut short and shrubs trimmed down. Allow your local Mosquito Joe to be your second line of defense against these pesky nuisances. Mosquito Joe provides mosquito control treatment to residential and commercial customers. Our technicians are trained mosquito control experts dedicated to one thing: getting rid of mosquitoes so you can enjoy being outside again. Take back your yard and give us a call today!

 

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Mosquito-Proof Your Campsite

Summer is the perfect time to plan a trip with family and friends to de-stress. Here at Mosquito Joe, we love being able to get outside and enjoy nature. One of our favorite ways to unwind and spend time outside is by packing up the car – or RV – and going camping!

When you and your family are grilling out, playing by the pool or relaxing in the backyard, mosquitoes and ticks can easily ruin a fun evening at home. But Mosquito Joe knows that pesky outdoor pests are nuisances even when you aren’t in your yard. You might be familiar with how to make sure mosquitoes and ticks don’t impose on you and your family when you’re in your backyard, but do you know what to do when you head to your campsite?

Assess your campsite

Just like at home, make sure to eliminate any standing water from your campsite. A bottle cap full of water alone can breed over 300 mosquitoes. By removing stagnant water, you will ensure that more mosquitoes won’t be able to breed. Additionally, set up your campsite away from marshy areas, slow moving rivers and streams, leaf debris and heavily wooded areas. These landscapes are more attractive to mosquitoes and ticks; mosquitoes prefer damp areas while ticks like taking shelter in shady spaces and areas with tall grass.

Keep insect repellent on hand

Insect repellants line the shelves of drugstores during the summer months. Purchasing bug spray that contains DEET will keep mosquitoes from biting while you’re pitching your tent, hiking or biking. For even more protection against these pests, pick up an insect repellant that is made with coconut oil compounds. A recent study showed that the fatty acids in coconut oil can be effective at repelling mosquitoes and ticks than DEET. To avoid spraying sticky sprays, try insect repellant wristbands.

If you’d prefer a more natural  solution, consider using essential oils. These extracts do more than help you smell fresh while outdoors, they can also repel against annoying mosquitoes.! Rosemary, thyme, eucalyptus, lavender, mint and tea tree are oils are effective repellants. In addition to acting as a repellant, these essential oils can act as a natural remedy for itchy mosquito bites. Check out our blog to learn more about how you can use these to relieve uncomfortable bites!

Wear the correct gear

If you plan on hiking, horseback riding or fishing on your camping trip, be sure to pack and wear clothing that will protect you from mosquitoes and ticks. White and khaki colored clothing will make you less attractive to mosquitoes. These pesky pests see dark colors better than light, so stay cool and avoid mosquito bites! When roaming in high grasses or heavily wooded areas, wear long pants tucked into socks and closed toe shoes. This way ticks won’t be able to latch onto exposed skin as you pass by.

Nobody wants mosquitoes camping in their backyard, so, have your local Mosquito Joe treat your property! Stop smacking yourself in the face and reach out to us at 855-ASK-A-JOE or visit us online at MosquitoJoe.com to make outside fun again.

 

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