But What If It Rains?

One factor that can be particularly impactful to our services and the mosquito population overall is rain. We know this can raise questions when it comes to your barrier treatment, so we’ve got a few tips to make sure your yard stays itch-free, no matter what mother nature throws your way.

As long as your yard has had adequate time to dry after the application of your treatment (approximately 30 minutes), rain should not impact the effectiveness of your service. Our product is not significantly broken down by water! 

While our product is not affected by rain once it is dry, it is important to note that increased rainfall generally causes an increase in mosquito population since mosquitoes lay their eggs and their larvae live and grow in the water. However, given some time, our product will continue to reduce the mosquitoes on your property. 

With many areas in the country experiencing higher than average rainfall this season, it’s likely standing water will accumulate on your property which could be a potential breeding area for mosquitoes. To ensure that there is no standing water in your yard, follow the below checklist prior to expected rainfall: 

  • Get rid of any old items that could hold water such as old tires, buckets or cans.
  • Be sure to empty any kiddie pools and toys. Turning them over and leaving them upside down overnight can help drain any water.
  • Clean out any standing water in flower pots.
  • Repair leaky outdoor faucets.
  • Be sure your gutters are cleaned at least two times a year and have them checked more frequently if your area experiences heavy rain and wind.
  • Keep garbage pails covered tightly.
  • If you have a boat, canoe or kayak in your driveway, be sure it is covered or drained of any water.
  • Change or drain tarps for firewood or outdoor pools, as well as check your barbecue cover daily for any pooled water.
  • Change the water in birdbaths daily. We also suggest purchasing a water agitator for birdbaths which is designed to attract birds, but discourages mosquitoes!
  • Lastly, we recommend keeping your lawn cut short. Short grass will help deter adult mosquitoes from hanging around, as they prefer to rest in cool, damp and shady areas.

You can download the checklist here to keep around your home to ensure you are preventing mosquitoes from setting up shop in your backyard. 

The MoJo Guarantee

Mosquitoes suck, but we are confident that you won’t feel that way about our mosquito control services. For that reason, we offer our MoJo Satisfaction Guarantee and never lock you into a contract. If you are not completely satisfied with the effectiveness of our mosquito, tick and flea treatments, contact us within 14 days of your service and we will schedule a time to reassess your property, and if needed, provide a booster treatment at no additional cost. We pride ourselves on customer service and our job is not done until you’re happy and outside is fun again!

There’s no job too big or too small for us here at Mosquito Joe, so give us a call today for a free quote at 855-ASK-A-JOE or mosquitojoe.com

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Types of Mosquitoes

We know that mosquitoes can be a nuisance and ruin our outdoor fun, but they can also pose a far more serious threat. In fact, mosquitoes are considered one of the deadliest animals in the world due to the diseases they can transmit. Mosquitoes are guilty of spreading diseases, such as malaria, West Nile virus, Zika virus and much more. With 12 genera and about 176 species of mosquitoes in the United States, below are 3 major species that are culprits of spreading disease and causing those painful, itchy bites.

The Anopheles mosquito, better known as the malaria mosquito, can be found in every continent except for Antarctica. As you can guess from the name, this mosquito is known universally for being the primary vector of malaria. The Anopheles mosquito is also responsible for transmitting heartworm disease to animals. The female malaria mosquito can lay her eggs in a wide range of locations, including inground pools, small streams, freshwater marshes and any other place with clean, slow-moving water. The Anopheles mosquito is most active at two times: just before dawn and right after darkness sets. An interesting fact about the malaria mosquito is that they can still be found in areas where malaria has been eradicated, because the parasite that spreads the disease has been eliminated, not the mosquito itself.

The Aedes mosquito was originally found in tropical and subtropical zones, but can now also be found in all countries except Antarctica. They are visually distinctive because they have noticeable black and white markings on their bodies and legs. The Aedes mosquito is also unique in that they are active and bite only during the daytime, mostly early in the morning and in the evening before dusk. Some of the biggest culprits in the Aedes genus include:

  • The Aedes aegypti mosquito, aka Yellow Fever mosquito: The Aedes aegypti generally lives indoors and near people, resting in cool shaded places in houses, such as wardrobes, laundry areas and under furniture. They are sneaky pests that normally bite around people’s feet and ankles and may bite repeatedly. The Aedes Aegypti mosquito is most known for spreading yellow fever, a viral infection that can cause fever, headache and nausea.
  • The Aedes Albopictus Mosquito, aka Asian Tiger Mosquito: The Aedes Albopictus is the most invasive mosquito species in the world. The female Asian tiger mosquitoes leave behind an itchy, red bump on the skin while you are trying to enjoy your outdoor activities. They also lay their eggs in stagnant water, which can be found in old tires, flowerpots, birdbaths and clogged trains. That means something as small as a bottle cap can hold enough water for larvae, the immature form of insects, to develop.

The common house mosquito gets its name from its typical behavioral pattern – coming into your house and biting you between sunset and sunrise, disrupting your night with multiple itchy, painful bites. The Culex mosquitoes are weak flyers and do not fly very far from where they develop as larvae. Their adult lives are short, rarely more than 15 days. An interesting fact about these mosquitoes is that unlike other mosquitoes that die when the winter months arrive, the house mosquito can hibernate during winter in protected places like sewers, crawlspaces and basements.

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Fortunately, Mosquito Joe is here to help you rid your yard of any mosquito that is ruining your outdoor fun, as well as protect you from mosquito-borne illnesses. Here are a few ways you can help make sure mosquitoes don’t call your yard home:

  • Regularly empty ponds, bird baths, fountains, buckets, kids toys and anything else that may gather water.
  • Drill holes in tire swings, trash cans and recycle bins so stagnant water cannot accumulate.
  • Cut grass and shrubs short – adult mosquitoes gather to rest in shady areas.
  • Clean out gutters to avoid standing water.
  • Repair leaky outdoor faucets.
  • Call Mosquito Joe to rid your yard of mosquitoes and create a protective barrier around your property.

From barrier treatments, all-natural treatments, special events and more, we can provide many different mosquito control options that best fit your needs. Our team is built of mosquito control experts and we’re here to help eliminate mosquito breeding grounds on your property. If you would like more information on how we can eliminate these pesky mosquitoes so you can get back to enjoying your yard, find your local Mosquito Joe and give them a call today!

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Father’s Day Giveaway!

Are you a dad, know a dad, or just really love dad jokes? Mosquito Joe wants to recognize all the dads out there this Father’s Day. To celebrate. we’re giving away one FREE mosquito treatment and MoJo swag to enjoy in your itch-free backyard!

To win for you or your dad, follow the below steps:

Once you complete these steps, you will be entered to win a cooler filled with MoJo swag, along with one FREE mosquito treatment for your property! If you are selected as the winner, we will direct message you on Twitter, so make sure you keep a lookout for the announcement. You will have until June 7, 2019 at 12:00 PM to participate and the winner will be announced at 3:00 PM that same day. Remember, the winner will be chosen based on their best dad joke!

If you didn’t know already, Mosquito Joe is an outdoor pest control company that rids your yard of mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Our expertly trained and licensed technicians carefully inspect your yard for likely breeding sites and eliminate any potential mosquito problems at the source. Then, a customized treatment is applied to the perimeter of the property to create an itch-free yard for up to 21 days.

Interested in learning more? Find your local Mosquito Joe here and give them a call to get on the schedule today!

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Employee of the Month | Jake Vinluan

Meet May’s employee of the month, Jake Vinluan! A graduate from St. Leo University, he obtained a degree in business management and started his career in the customer service field at Navy Credit Union and the Hyatt. Jake has been employed at Mosquito Joe for almost five years and continues to support franchisees with enthusiasm and dedication. We’re lucky to have you, Jake!

What does your job title mean? I am a Franchise Business Coach. The job title means we coach our franchisees in bettering their business, but it’s so much more than that. I look at the franchisees as family members and figuring out the best ways to help our family members be successful. We as coaches do our best to steer the zees in the right direction.

What aspect of your role at Mosquito Joe do you enjoy the most? The people I work with and the franchisees. I really enjoy contributing to the success of franchisees. Working with the people here is another reason why I’m still here. We have a lot of quality people here.

Tell us a little about yourself: I absolutely LOVE people. My heart is for the people. I’m originally from San Diego, CA. My dad was in the military and my mom was a stay at home mom. God and family are the most important things to me. My wife and I have a photography business. We also lead a marriage enrichment group twice a month in our home. We started this to walk the journey with other married couples in growing in their marriages. I am constantly striving to be better than I was yesterday. I am an optimist. Helping people is one of my greatest joys.

What’s your favorite travel spot and why? My favorite travel spot would have to be for the most part anywhere Royal Caribbean takes us just because I like the freedom of being able to visit a few locations in a condensed time and also enjoying the cruise.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I would most likely be a writer for a television show.

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline? Stop smacking yourself in the face.

What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy spending time with family, traveling for leisure, collecting action figures, reading, watching movies, running, photography, eating, and spending time with people in general.

People would be surprised if they knew: Jimmy Fallon wanted to manage me.

What is the last joke you recall? This may have not necessarily a joke but when I was praying with my family this morning it was my daughter, Juliet’s turn to pray and she said, “God, please don’t let my mom forget to brush her teeth.” This made us all laugh hysterically.

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Mosquito Control Awareness Week Partner Highlight: Local Blood Banks

Mosquito Joe & Local Blood Banks around the Country

Mosquitoes are collecting blood from us and our friends every day, without asking, but we’d rather be donating blood to a better cause. That’s why, seven years ago, Mosquito Joe partnered with local blood banks around the country to raise awareness about blood donation centers and the importance of donating blood in your local community during our Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign. Continuing the tradition, Mosquito Joe locations across the country will partner with local blood donation centers for Mosquito Control Awareness Week. For every new customer that signs up for mosquito control services during Mosquito Control Awareness Week, we will donate 10% of the sale to those local blood banks.

Local blood banks play a major role in blood donations by providing about 40% of the nation’s blood and blood components. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses and traumatic injuries. Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets or plasma, this lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation. In order to make a difference in the communities around us, Mosquito Joe asks you to visit your local blood donation center and donate blood today!

Beat the Bloodsuckers

Mosquito Joe recognizes the importance of Mosquito Control Awareness Week through our Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign, taking place June 23-29, 2019. Our goal is to raise awareness in the communities in which we operate about the importance of mosquito control and the amazing work of local blood banks. Franchisees have the opportunity to partner with a local blood bank in their area to raise money and donate blood. Last year, Mosquito Joe locations across the country were able to raise over $7,000 and partner with 26 blood banks! We are committed to making this year even more successful. For every new customer that signs up for a service during Mosquito Control Awareness Week, 10% of the sale will be donated in their honor.*

Mosquito Joe is thankful we are able to partner with such great organizations and look forward to all of the success Beat the Bloodsuckers 2019 will bring. All of us coming together can help ensure patients receive lifesaving blood. Along with signing up for service, we are hoping you will pledge to donate blood with us and Beat the Bloodsuckers.

*Participating locations only.

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