Pet-Friendly Events During Lyme Disease Awareness Month

As the weather continues to get warmer, we’ve got some ideas for ways that you can enjoy time with your pets this spring! Not only do we want to ensure that your pets enjoy the outdoors, we also want to make sure they’re protected from pests that can transmit serious diseases such as Lyme Disease. The month of May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, when organizations work to raise awareness and educate people on the effects it can have on humans and the pets they love.

High Risk Areas

While ticks and Lyme disease can be found across the country, the majority of cases are in the Northeast of the United States and people that live in these states should take special precautions to prevent transmission:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Prevention

May is the perfect time to be proactive in your prevention efforts to ensure pets get to enjoy the outdoors pest-free. The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to do regular tick checks for children and pets after they come in from being outside. The Lyme Disease Association lists a number of ways that families can lower their exposure to ticks, so there’s no better time than now to take action.

We know that pets and their humans like to venture outside of their own yards, so here’s a list of pet-friendly events in various locations that you can take part in this spring!

  • Wags and Whiskers Pet Fest – Flower Mound, TX
  • FURever Fest – Marietta, GA
  • Barks & Bagels 2018 – Boston, MA
  • Petpalooza – Summerdale, SC
  • Spring Fling Walk – Medina, OH
  • Long Island Dog Festival – Oyster Bay, NY
  • To Do My Best 5k – Piqua, OH
  • Human and Canine Blood Drive – Mount Laurel, NJ
  • Memorial Weekend at Williamsburg KOA Campground – Williamsburg, VA
  • Yappy Hour – Grafton, MA
  • Five Dog Night – Aurora, CO
  • Bark Walk on NE 2 Ave + Flagler Drive – Fort Lauderdale, FL

For more events that the whole family can attend, pets included, click here!

Mosquito Joe provides barrier treatments to protect your outdoor spaces from mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. Call your local Mosquito Joe today to start your summer the right way by protecting your family and pets. We even offer an all-natural treatment option to treat your koi ponds and vegetable gardens.

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Nothing But Nets Leadership Summit 2018

At Mosquito Joe, we care about giving back to our communities just as much as we care about making outside fun again for our customers. One way that we accomplish this is by partnering with the Nothing But Nets foundation. The organization began in 2006 when sports writer Rick Reilly saw a need for greater protection against malaria and challenged his readers to donate $10 to send a mosquito net that would protect people in need around the world. Since then, the organization has done an amazing job raising awareness and funds, providing over 12 million bed nets to vulnerable populations in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Last month, Mosquito Joe President Lou Schager and Director of Marketing Jayme Sabo joined Nothing But Nets at their annual Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.

Purpose

Held every year, the Nothing But Nets Leadership Summit gives the organization an opportunity to engage with their biggest supporters and aims to raise awareness as well as introduce attendees to the fundamental aspects of advocacy. The goal for this year’s summit was to urge Congress to maintain and increase funding for critical malaria programs like those of the United Nations, the President’s Malaria Initiative, and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

Notable Speakers

Speakers at the event included:

  • Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, United Nations Foundation
  • Rick Reilly, American Sportswriter and Nothing But Nets Co-Founder
  • Charlie Webster, TV Host and Campaigner
  • Alexandra Daddario, Actress and Celebrity Champion
  • Quinn Tivey, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

The speakers did an excellent job providing an intimate look at malaria and how it not only affects populations abroad, but how it can affect us in the United States. Attendees were introduced to a number of different organizations that work with Nothing But Nets to combat other diseases such as AIDS, polio, and measles.

The key lesson learned from the Leadership Summit was to keep the momentum going when it comes to raising awareness and continuing the efforts to protect, as well as eliminate, malaria for populations worldwide. Jayme Sabo described her experience saying, “It was inspiring to see the legislative and advocacy process at work in real time. I was moved by how much we were able to accomplish.”

We’re proud to share that this year’s advocacy goal was achieved. You can read the details here. Last year, Mosquito Joe raised over $25,000 for Nothing But Nets, which means we sent 2,500 life-saving bed nets. This year, to bring the lessons we learned at the Summit to life, we’re going to keep that momentum going. Not only are we proud to partner with Nothing But Nets again, we’re aiming even higher!

For 2018, our goal is $40,000, and we’re starting right now.  Click here to help us with our MoJo Bites Back campaign! Just $10 can send a net and save a life, plus all donations up to $5,000 will be matched by us. Donate today and DOUBLE your impact!

We continue to be inspired by the generosity and support of our employees, franchisees and of course, our customers.  We look forward to that continuing in 2018! Thank you for making this the great company it is.

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April: Heartworm Awareness Month

Spring is upon us which means more barbecues, relaxing by the pool, and playing outside!  Making outdoor spaces enjoyable for the whole family is a high priority for us at Mosquito Joe, even for our friends with four legs.  April is Heartworm Awareness Month, something that affects a large number of families’ pets each year.

What Are They?

Heartworms are a parasite that can live in the major organs of an animal’s body such as the heart, lungs, and connected vessels.  Pets can contract heartworms after being bitten by infected mosquitoes.

Risk Areas

While heartworms are an issue in much of the United States, the highest reported cases are in the southeast, especially Gulf Coast areas.  This is due to a number of factors: warmer climates that make transmission from mosquitoes much easier and the number of wildlife carriers in the area.

Prevention

One way to protect your pets is to get them tested regularly and to follow a veterinarian’s recommendation and have a prevention regimen in place.  The American Heartworm Society recommends getting puppies aged 7 months and older tested for heartworms every 12 months and taking preventative medication once a month.  Although cats are less likely to contract heartworms as they are atypical hosts, it is important to have cats tested regularly for early detection.

Our barrier-treatment sprays can be an added layer of defense as they provide relief and protection from mosquitoes for 21 days.  With a regular schedule of treatments, especially during the peak mosquito season, you can keep your family and pets protected from mosquitoes and the health risks they carry.

You can also lower the mosquito population near your home by:

  • Emptying standing water sources. Tires, puddles, bird baths, even children’s toys can be prime breeding ground for mosquitoes
  • Cleaning gutters regularly
  • Cut grass and shrubs short
  • Drill holes in tires swings, trash cans or recycle bins so water drains out
  • Repair leaky outdoor faucets
  • Make sure your lawn is weed free and avoid overgrown vegetation

Once you’ve had a visit from your local Joe and have a mosquito-free yard, it’s time to enjoy it!  That goes for your four legged family members too, so here’s a list of fun games to play outside with your dog! You probably have some of these items already laying around the house or garage, so head outside for more wagging and less swatting.

For a Mosquito Joe location in your area or more information on the services we offer, click here.  To find more information on heartworms, visit the American Heartworm Society.

 

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