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!

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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!

 

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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 MosquitoJoe.com or give us a call at 855-ASK-A-JOE.

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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.

MYTH: BOTH MALES AND FEMALES BITE.

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.

FACT: ONE MOSQUITO CAN LAY THOUSANDS OF 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.

MYTH: THE MOSQUITO DIES AFTER BITING A HUMAN.

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.

FACT: CERTAIN BLOOD TYPES CAN ATTRACT MORE MOSQUITOES.

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.

MYTH: EATING CERTAIN FOODS CAN REPEL MOSQUITOES NATURALLY.

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.

FACT: MOSQUITOES ARE CONSIDERED THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL ON THE PLANET.

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.

MYTH: BUG ZAPPERS EFFECTIVELY CONTROL MOSQUITOES.

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.

FACT: MOSQUITO JOE RIDS YOUR YARD OF MOSQUITOES SO YOU CAN ENJOY OUTSIDE AGAIN.

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 mosquitojoe.com.

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Women of Mosquito Joe

Franchise Business Review surveyed 8,880 female franchisees from 266 leading franchise brands to determine the best franchising opportunities for women, based 100 percent on franchisee satisfaction. 

Each survey participant was asked 33 benchmark questions about their franchisor that focused on areas such as leadership, training and core values. It also inquired about 16 more personal questions concerning their business lifestyle and overall enjoyment of running their franchise.

We are excited to announce that Mosquito Joe was recognized as a top franchise for women in 2019! To celebrate, we wanted to highlight some of our amazing #girlbosses that put in the work, time and effort to make their Mosquito Joe locations successful.

Mosquito Joe of NW Houston & S Brazos Valley | Kate Gould

Kate Gould became a part of the Mosquito Joe family in 2015 and owns two territories in Texas. Kate’s favorite part of owning a Mosquito Joe franchise is being able to involve her kids and show them the results of hard work.  Kate said, “my favorite memories involve the customers we have helped. In particular, a lady who had contracted West Nile and was afraid of being outside who was able to garden again, and a toddler who was allergic to mosquitoes who was able to go outside and play on a slip and slide without her mother running her inside.  It means a lot when you realize that what you do has a real impact.”

 

Mosquito Joe of Northwest Florida | Sara Bess

Sara Bess also joined the Mosquito Joe family in 2015 and is the owner of Mosquito Joe of Northwest Florida. She currently owns two territories and is in the process of opening another!  Sara enjoys owning a Mosquito Joe business because of the flexibility it offers. She can work from home and still be a Mom to her four school-aged kids. She also said, “as a veteran in a military community, both my husband and I love that Mosquito Joe has really become a part of our community. Wherever we go to an event, I always see people we know and hear how they love our service.”  Mosquito Joe is a great family business with wonderful support from Corporate and the other franchisees. There is always someone to ask for advice, a forum for discussions, and lots of great marketing material. It is very much a team effort!

Mosquito Joe of Baton Rouge | Marla Mullins

Marla Mullins joined Mosquito Joe in 2016 and owns two territories in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Marla loves that she can manage a business and a household while maintaining a flexible schedule. The fact that on any given day she can transition from being a business owner to a technician, teacher or homemaker is confirmation that her days are never monotonous! 

She quotes, “my favorite moments are when men approach my husband for information about Mosquito Joe services and he refers them to me!” That’s definitely a #girlboss moment!

 

Mosquito Joe of Gulf Coast Alabama | Gail Yongue

Joining in 2015, Gail Yongue is another one of the first female franchise owners of Mosquito Joe. MoJo has allowed her to provide a great service to her community, create local jobs, and support her community in meaningful ways through giving back. One of her favorite memories showcases the growth and confidence that she has gotten from Mosquito Joe:

“One that sticks with me is handing over the van keys to our first employee. I almost couldn’t let them go, and 5 seasons later I still remember it like it was yesterday. It was the first step in learning to let go, having confidence I had chosen the right person for the job, we had trained them well, and we needed to trust they would make Mosquito Joe proud.”

Other Women of Mosquito Joe

Jessica Fredieu of Mosquito Joe of Lafayette-Lake Charles is the Chief Operating Officer and helps her dad run the business. Jessica said Mosquito Joe has given her the opportunity to, “grow exponentially both on a personal and professional level since joining the franchise in 2018.” Her favorite memory thus far would be convention because of the camaraderie that comes with bonding with the Corporate team and collaborating with like-minded MoJo owners. 

Jodi Elliott of Mosquito Joe of Braintree-Weymouth has been a franchisee owner since 2018. Her favorite memory is attending the local home shows with the local Neighborly franchisees in her region.  She enjoys the support, being able to work with them and share best practices.

Thank you to all of the amazing women at Mosquito Joe that put in the hours and time that it takes to make our system successful! If you’re looking for a fun, fast-growing opportunity with great long-term financial potential, look no further than Mosquito Joe. Request more information here and we’ll be in touch!

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