Do Mosquitoes Spread Coronavirus?

This answer is…absolutely not.

While there are a lot of diseases spread by mosquitoes, according to World Health Organization has stated, “There has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes.”

How Does COVID-19 Spread?


The outbreak of COVID-19 is being spread from person to person. Based on what we know, its spread occurs between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Respiratory droplets are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and those droplets carry the virus from one person to another.

How Do I Protect Myself and My Family?

This pandemic is moving quickly, and the best practices can change from day-to-day. Follow the preventative steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and your local health department, as some information will change based on how serious the outbreak is in your area.

To help you stay healthy and safe, we’ve outlined some of the most effective preventative measures below.

Social Distancing

Limiting contact with people outside your home is an important step in protecting yourself and your family. Social distancing means taking measures to maintain distance from other humans, therefore limiting the chances of them infecting you with COVID-19. The easiest way to distance yourself is to stay at home as much as possible.

If you must leave the house, take the following steps to distance yourself while outside the home:

  • Stay at least six feet away from other people as much as possible.
  • Replace handshakes or hugs with elbow bumps.
  • If you touch door handles or handrails, do not touch your face; wash your hands as soon as possible.
  • If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.
  • If you are healthy, avoid contact with people who are sick.

Personal Hygiene

It cannot be said enough that handwashing and keeping your hands away from your face are vital steps in protecting yourself and others. Consider the following recommendations from the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often. Use soap and hot water and wash for at least 20 seconds, especially after being out in public, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Use hand sanitizer only when soap and water are not accessible and ensure it contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face. If your hands are dirty, keep them away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Contain coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw used tissues in the trash immediately. If you’re not able to use a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick. Healthy individuals who are not caring for sick people do not need to wear masks. It’s important to make sure masks are available for those who need them.
  • Clean and disinfect. Both clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched regularly every day. This includes things like tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.

While COVID-19 is already impacting life in America on a significant level, taking the necessary precautions to limit its spread is the best thing we can do to protect both ourselves and our communities.

Mosquitoes Do Carry Many Diseases

While mosquitoes are not of concern with the outbreak of COVID-19, they are carriers of many diseases that can have serious impacts on those who contract the diseases. If you’re concerned about mosquitoes in your yard, Mosquito Joe provides treatments to help eliminate mosquitoes from your property. Give us a call at 1-855-275-2563 or request a quote online.

Learn how to reduce spreading of germs in your office with these tips from Molly Maid, another member of the Neighborly® family of home service brands.

The information provided herein is interim guidance for general education purposes only and should not be construed as or substituted for medical advice or emergency response plans. For additional information, please contact your local health department or visit All Mosquito Joe services are performed by independently owned and operated franchises.


Pe(s)t Peeves

With October being Pet Wellness Month, Mosquito Joe wanted to share some of the biggest pe(s)t peeves that are in your furry friends’ life. Mosquitoes, ticks and fleas are no fun for your furry friends since they can ruin your pet’s outdoor playtime, cause itchy skin and pose serious health threats by transmitting disease. To protect your furry friends from these pesky pests, equip yourself with knowledge of mosquitoes, ticks and fleas and how you can keep your pets protected through the end of the season.

Mosquitoes bugging your pet?

For humans, mosquitoes can result in everything from itchy bites to more serious diseases like malaria or Zika virus. For pets, heartworm disease is the primary concern. The mosquito plays a vital role in the heartworm life cycle, which is why it is so important to keep your pet protected. When a mosquito bites an infected animal, it picks up baby worms, which develop and mature into larvae over a period of 10 to 14 days. Then, when the infected mosquito bites another dog or cat, the larvae are deposited onto the surface of the animal’s skin and enter the new host through the bite of that mosquito. You can learn more about heartworm disease and the symptoms involved here. The likelihood of your pet contracting this disease can be minimized by following the below preventatives:

  • Put your dog on a heartworm prevention program. Heartworm disease can be fatal if left untreated.
  • Keep your pets inside, especially in the early morning and early evening when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Avoid walking your dog in marshy areas where mosquito activity is high.
  • Change water bowls frequently – mosquitoes breed and thrive in standing water.


Don’t be ticked off this year.

Pet owners are especially concerned with tick prevention because a tick bite can cause serious implications for pets. Five of the ten diseases ticks transmit to humans can also be transmitted to pets. That is why keeping everyone (furry or not) around your household bite-free is so important. Ticks are the most efficient carriers of disease because they attach firmly when on your pet, feed slowly and may go unnoticed for a considerable amount of time while feeding.  Some of the diseases that can be transmitted to pets are Lyme disease, Rocky Mounted spotted fever and Ehrlichiosis. To ensure that your pets are safe from a tick bite and avoid getting any tick-borne illnesses, you can do the following:

  • Avoid wooded and tall grassy areas during walks and hikes where tick activity is high
  • Create a tick-safe zone to reduce ticks by cutting grass and brush short around your home
  • Stay current on your dog’s tick prevention medicine, like collars and sprays
  • Thoroughly check your dog for ticks daily

If you do find a tick on your pet, make sure you safely remove the tick from your pet by using fine-tipped tweezers or a specialized tick key. Pull upward with steady, even pressure while ensuring you are not twisting or jerking the tick. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area with rubbing alcohol.

Give your pets flea-dom.

Fleas are practically invisible to the naked eye, measuring at a length of around 1/10 of an inch, which makes these little guys tricky to keep under control. They mostly feed on pets like cats and dogs but will occasionally feed on humans, as well. While they don’t fly, these impressive jumpers have strong hind legs that allow them to leap over 50 times their body length. Even your furry Golden Retriever can see the effects of fleas. Fleas bites are itchy, their saliva can be an allergen causing rashes and they cause skin problems when your cat or dog scratches incessantly. Not only can they make you or your pet uncomfortable, but they also carry diseases just like mosquitoes and ticks. There are many ways that you can prevent fleas from creating an infestation on your property:

  • Keep grass mowed and trees trimmed. This is the opposite of curb appeal for fleas – they have nowhere to hide!
  • Don’t leave pet food unattended in your yard that is meant for your pets. This encourages feral pets and wildlife into your yard to investigate and they’ll bring their fleas with them! Opossums, raccoons and stray cats are the worst offenders.
  • Make sure you cut back any tree branches or high scrubs that would allow animals to crawl into your attic. You should also seal off any openings to crawl spaces, garages, sheds or under decks, where wild animals could gain entrance to your home, bringing fleas with them.
  • If you do have pets, veterinarians recommend a monthly flea and tick preventative given once a month during all seasons.

Say goodbye to those dog-gone mosquitoes, ticks and fleas!

Let Mosquito Joe be your second line of defense against your furry friends pe(s)t peeves by applying a  barrier treatment to your property. A trained and certified technician will treat your yard with an effective solution that eliminates mosquitoes, ticks and fleas for 21 days. As an alternative to our longer-lasting synthetic treatment, our all-natural solution repels mosquitoes immediately. This less-adhesive yet effective option requires treatment on a 14-day cycle.

If you’re still not sure if Mosquito Joe is right for you, give your local MoJo a call or request a free quote online. We are dedicated to making outside fun again for you and your four-legged family and our job is not done until you are happy!



Know the Facts | Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus

What is Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus?

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV or Triple E) is a mosquito-borne disease that is spread through mosquitoes who have bitten an infected bird. The primary EEEV vector is a swamp mosquito called the black-tailed mosquito which transmits the virus to birds, or becomes infected by feeding on infected birds in their swampland habitat. When a mosquito that typically feeds on humans feeds on the infected bird instead, they then contract EEEV. That mosquito then transmits the illness to horses and humans through an additional bite.

What should I know about EEEV?

While the probability of getting EEEV is low, it is still important to be aware of the symptoms and importance of protecting yourself, however infrequent the cases are. Human EEEV cases occur so infrequently because the primary transmission cycle takes place in and around swampy areas where human populations tend to be limited. If you are someone who works outdoors or engages in recreational activities in endemic areas, it’s especially important to be aware of the virus. Although anyone can contract the disease, those under the age of 15 and over 50 are at a higher risk of a severe case of EEEV.

What should I know about Triple E in 2019?

In the United States, few human cases are reported each year. According to the CDC, in 2018, only 6 human cases were reported nationwide. However, 2019 has seen a rise in the number of human cases totaling to over 30 confirmed or suspected cases in seven states: Michigan, Tennessee, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey. The CDC has provided a comprehensive map of confirmed cases by state from 2010-2019, as well as updating the map whenever new cases are confirmed. You can also view confirmed cases for other mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus, Zika and Dengue fever.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC notes that there are two forms of EEEV: systemic or encephalitic. Systemic infection has an abrupt onset and can result in fever and chills. The illness lasts one to two weeks and recovery is complete when there is no central nervous system involvement. The encephalitic form starts as systemic but will manifest into more serious symptoms, such as fever, headache, irritability and in some cases brain damage. It usually takes between four and 10 days after being bitten to notice symptoms. If you or anyone you know starts to show any symptoms it is important to contact your healthcare provider to determine the best course of treatment.

How is EEEV treated?

While the disease can be prevented in horses with the use of vaccinations, there is no preventative or cure for EEEV available for humans. According to the CDC, “Patients with suspected EEE should be evaluated by a healthcare provider, appropriate serologic and other diagnostic tests ordered and supportive treatment provided.”

What can I do to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses?

technician sprayingThe best prevention against Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a reduction of mosquito populations and the avoidance of mosquito bites. Professional mosquito control services such as the barrier treatment offered by Mosquito Joe® provides the best defense against mosquito-borne illnesses like EEEV. Additionally, eliminating breeding areas on your property keeps mosquitoes from producing and reduces the risk of getting sick from a mosquito bite. To help reduce the population on your property, consider the following:

  • Unblock drains and gutters
  • Have fans in outdoor spaces to eliminate mosquitoes from flying close by
  • Avoid allowing standing water to accumulate in outdoor containers such as flowerpots, tires, dog bowls, etc.
  • Screen windows and doors
  • Use mosquito repellant and wear protective clothing (long  sleeves and long pants)
  • Let Mosquito Joe be your second line of defense by getting a barrier treatment that protects your yard from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas

At Mosquito Joe, we take our job of keeping your yard itch-free seriously.  With our licensed technicians and a passion for making outside fun again, our job is not done until you and your family are happy. To add an added layer of defense against mosquitoes in your outdoor spaces, contact your local Mosquito Joe today to enjoy a bite-free yard!


Don’t Be Ticked Off This Fall

Summer is winding down but that doesn’t mean you should put an end to your outdoor pest control service! While it may be tempting to cut back on your barrier treatments because temperatures will soon be cooling down, it’s important to complete the full season of treatment from Mosquito Joe®. This way, you, your family and pets can enjoy outdoor fun for as long as possible. By continuing treatment, you will not only get to extend your time outside this fall but will be able to avoid those annoying bites when spring comes next year.

But summer is almost over, why start services now? 

Tick on a Leaf

Ticks can lay up to 3,000 eggs at a time.
Ticks remain active as long as temperatures are above 45 degrees for seven consecutive days.
Female ticks reproduce during the fall and can survive through winter to lay more eggs in the spring.
Continuing your service ensures your yard will be bite-free through winter and into spring.

Ticks can be tricky because they lay eggs, hibernate and can survive frigid temperatures much longer than mosquitoes do. All eggs that have been laid have the ability to survive the colder temperatures, as well. That means that when spring comes, those eggs will hatch and cause an uncomfortable start to springtime.

Don’t give ticks a biting chance

Even with Mosquito Joe as your second line of defense against ticks, there are other precautions you can take to make sure you are protected from those pesky bugs. 

  • Keep pets out of thickly wooded areas where tick activity is high. Make sure to check your pet for ticks after they have spent time outside.
  • Keep the grass mowed and the trees trimmed to reduce tick activity in your yard.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants when walking in wooded or grassy areas to avoid tick bites.
  • Move swing sets and sandboxes away from wooded areas where tick activity is high.
  • Place rocks or wood chips at the edge of your property to keep ticks out of areas where you and your family frequent.

With the weather cooling down, it’s the perfect time to enjoy your backyard with your family and four-legged friends. Make sure your time outdoors is bite-free by continuing your treatment until the end of the season. Just learning about Mosquito Joe? It’s never too late to get on the schedule. Mosquito Joe provides outdoor pest control services to rid your outside of mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Our certified and trained technicians will inspect your property for any breeding sites and provide a barrier treatment so outside is fun again for you and your family.

Don’t be ticked off this fall – stay protected until the end of the season with Mosquito Joe. Request a FREE quote at or give us a call at 855-ASK-A-JOE.


Mosquitoes Myths and Facts

At Mosquito Joe, we know how annoying mosquitoes can be, especially when trying to enjoy your backyard with your friends and family. Not only do their bites cause terrible itchiness and irritation, but these pests can also carry diseases. Because mosquitoes are such an annoyance, there have been many theories to explain their behavior, tips and tricks to keep them away and suggested home remedies. To help decipher facts from fiction, Mosquito Joe is here to debunk those myths, so you have all of the important facts about these pests.


Only female mosquitoes bite, while male mosquitoes feed on nectar and plant juices. Female mosquitoes use the protein from the blood she takes from humans and other animals to develop her eggs.


A single female can lay deposits of up to 300 eggs at a time on the water surface. One mosquito can also lay eggs three to four times during their lifetime before dying. That means that a single female mosquito can lay up to 1,200 eggs, all in your backyard in as little as a bottlecap of water.


Unlike some species of bees, mosquitoes do not die after biting a human. In fact, some species are known to bite multiple times throughout the night until they are full. 

For example, when a honey bee strikes, the barb gets stuck in the person or animal being stung, the stinger gets ripped out and the bee dies instantly. Mosquitoes, on the other hand, pierce the skin with a proboscis, or mouthpiece. When the mosquito is done feeding, it doesn’t leave the proboscis behind, so it flies away full and unharmed.


Research has found that people with Type O blood are twice as attractive to mosquitoes than those with Type A blood. Those with Type B fall in the middle. On top of that, 85% of people produce a secretion that signals what blood type they are. So, if you are Type O and a secretor, mosquitoes probably think you’re pretty tasty. You can learn more about why you are a magnet for mosquitoes here.


There are certain fragrances you can apply to your skin, such as lavender and peppermint essential oils to deter mosquitoes from biting you. However, there is no scientific evidence showing that eating certain foods will help naturally repel mosquitoes. 

On the other hand, researchers found that mosquitoes land on beer drinkers significantly more than their non-beer drinking counterparts. Mosquito Joe wants you to have a good time – that’s why we get rid of the buzz so you can enjoy yours.


While sharks only cause 10 deaths per year, mosquitoes cause 750,000 deaths a year. Mosquitoes kill by carrying a host of deadly diseases, such as malaria, West Nile virus, yellow fever and dengue fever. More than half of all mosquito-related deaths can be attributed to malaria, and most of these cases originate in sub-Saharan Africa. Dengue fever is another mosquito-borne illness that is common in Asian and Latin American countries.

You can help put an end to malaria by donating to our partner, Nothing But Nets. For every $10 donated, two bed nets will be donated to areas in need of protection from this life-threatening disease.


Bugs are attracted to carbon dioxide and water vapor in the breath of mammals, not ultraviolet light. In fact, research shows that yards with bug zappers had higher numbers of female mosquitoes than those without bug zappers. This is because the bug zapper actually kills insects that eat mosquitoes.


Mosquito Joe offers unique solutions to make outside fun again – without the nuisance of pesky mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Our certified and trained technicians visit your property to provide a barrier treatment, delivering effective outdoor pest control treatments to make your yard itch-free.

Tired of battling mosquitoes in your backyard? No contracts are required and your satisfaction is guaranteed. Give us a call at 855-ASK-A-JOE for more information or request a FREE quote at