World Malaria Day: Invest in the Future. Defeat Malaria.

It is no secret that our passion at Mosquito Joe is helping our neighbors. We enjoy helping you make your yard a mosquito-free area where you and your family can play itch-free. But in other parts of the world, mosquitoes aren’t just an annoying part of summer, they are a deadly part of daily life.

Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes.  The World Health Organization reports approximately half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria. That is a staggering statistic when you think there are 7 billion people on Earth. World Malaria Day is this Thursday, April 25.  Instituted by World Health Organization Member States during the 2007 World Health Assembly, this day highlights the need for continued investment for malaria prevention and control. The campaign theme for 2013 is Invest in the future. Defeat Malaria.

When you see overwhelming statistics about this deadly disease, you may feel helpless, but in our quest to always help our neighbors (even across an ocean) the Mosquito Joe team found a way to help, and we wanted to share that opportunity with you. According to the World Health Organization and their partnership with Roll Back Malaria, one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent the spread of malaria is to provide insecticide-treated bed nets to communities where malaria is endemic. These long-lasting nets cost just about $10 each and work by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when most transmissions occur. Widespread community use of insecticide-treated nets provokes a decline in the mosquito population, which helps to protect those who do not sleep under nets. At the same time, malaria can be treated with effective medicines that cost on average just $2.00 per treatment course, so no contribution is too small. Below are some foundations that you can donate to and help stop the spread of malaria.

world Malaria Day Invest in the Future
Against Malaria Foundation
100% of your donation buys long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets. The Against Malaria Foundation ensures nets end up over heads and beds.


provide education on their proper use
Nothing But Nets
Your donation will be used to buy long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, deliver them to at-risk populations, and provide education on their proper use.


teach malaria prevention and treatment methods
Nets for Life

Your donation will be used to buy long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, deliver them to at-risk populations, and train community leaders to teach malaria prevention and treatment methods.


prevention and treatment to people in Africa and Asia
Malria Consortium
Malaria Consortium is dedicated to delivering effective prevention and treatment to people in Africa and Asia.

Thank you for helping us as we recognize World Malaria Day and support efforts to defeat malaria.


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Time to Say Goodbye to Mosquitoes!

We can see it now. You’ve turned the heat off, opened the windows, and you can hear the faint sound of a lawn mower down the street. You step out into your backyard to breathe in the spring air and then all of a sudden…the swatting begins. Yep, it is that time of year, the one that has our office buzzing! (Pun intended.) The 2013 Mosquito Joe spray season has begun, which means it’s time to get rid of those mosquitoes before they get comfortable around your home! The technicians are excited, the vans are loaded, and they’re making their way to neighborhoods as I type to bring relief to you and your neighbors.

If you’re an avid reader of our blog, The Buzz on Mosquito Control, you know we aim to keep you updated, informed, and educated on mosquitoes. If we can make you laugh every once in a while, all the better. We often joke about annoying bugs, and they are certainly an unwelcome part of the warmer weather, but they are more than just a nuisance. They can actually be a serious health risk to you and your family. We aren’t far into the season and Richardson, TX is already making the news with positive test results for West Nile Virus in mosquitoes trapped in different areas of the city. This is an indication that this mosquito season could be like 2012, which was full of West Nile Virus reports from 48 states – over 5,300 cases in total and the highest number since 2003. The severe symptoms of West Nile can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis so it is not to be taken lightly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the best way to avoid the disease is to prevent mosquito bites all together. Mosquito control is critical this year, and Mosquito Joe’s barrier sprays will make sure your yard is safe and enjoyable.

This season is especially exciting for us as we are opening new locations across the United States. Mosquito Joe began selling franchises in late 2012 and we are so happy to announce some of our new locations!  Continue reading Time to Say Goodbye to Mosquitoes!


Are Your Pets Crying for Freedom from Flea-dom?

Spring is the beginning of warmer days, longer nights, flowers blooming, and neighborhood barbeques. But you might not be thinking about the other season that creeps up as temperatures rise. Mosquito Joe season! (Also known as mosquito, flea and tick season.)  If you read our blog post highlighting ticks, you know tiny bugs can pack big punches when it comes to your health, your pets, and your home. The next target in our educational series (another of our targets in your yard) is no different. It’s time for a lesson on….fleas.

Why We Hate Fleas
Most people know the common annoyances of fleas for cats, dogs, and sometimes even humans. Their bites are itchy, their saliva can be an allergen causing rashes, and they can cause skin problems when your cat or dog scratches incessantly. What many people don’t know is that fleas actually carry diseases just like mosquitoes and ticks. Fleas find “hosts” and those hosts are warm blooded animals. Naturally they are usually dogs and cats, but they can also be opossums, rats, and other rodents. According to the ASPCA, since fleas can consume 15 times their own body weight in blood, they can cause anemia and a significant amount of blood loss over time. They can even cause tapeworm!

Did You Know?
We won’t call these “fun facts” since there is nothing fun about a flea infestation.

  • The flea was actually the cause of the bubonic plague in the middle ages!  It is still the carrier of the plague today, but thank goodness for antibiotics.
  • When searching for a host fleas can jump over 10,000 times in a row…the length of three football fields!
  • Fleas can bite up to 400 times a day!
  • A female flea can lay 2,000 eggs.
  • On average, a flea lives 2-3 months.

Flea Prevention and Treatment
With something this determined you want to make sure you are doing everything you can to keep fleas out of your home. If you have pets, veterinarians recommend a monthly flea and tick preventative given once a month during ALL seasons. Only giving your dog or cat flea treatments during spring and summer is not effective. What your vet might fail to mention is the first step in flea prevention is treating your yard. Our mosquito control services also kill and prevent fleas and ticks, so let Mosquito Joe be your first line of defense against these disease carrying pests. Contact us today for a free quote. We have no contracts and no obligations, just mosquito treatment solutions.

Once you have a flea free yard and pet, check out this fun craft project from Modern Dog Magazine for you and your four-legged friend(s)!

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Don’t Get Ticked This Season!

Here at Mosquito Joe, if we had to pick the one thing that gets us most excited, we would probably loudly exclaim “Warm weather!” We love the outdoors, we love flowers blooming, and while we don’t love mosquitoes, we do love the time of year when we get to start helping our customers again. This year, with the unseasonably warm winter season, our customers are going to need us more than ever. Warmer temperatures are fostering early breeding for outdoor pests and that equals a big problem for your backyard: more mosquitoes, fleas and ticks! Mosquito Joe is known for its conquest to eliminate mosquitoes, but awareness about our ability to help rid your yard of fleas and ticks is much lower, and since these critters can be just as harmful as mosquitoes, educating you about them is a high priority for us. This week, we have ticks in our sights!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ticks can carry the pathogens for ten human diseases…ten! Ticks can spread illnesses such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Anaplasmosis, which can cause fever, headache, chills, and muscle aches. Ticks are among the most efficient carriers of disease because they attach firmly when sucking blood, feed slowly and may go unnoticed for a considerable amount of time while feeding.  Did you know ticks can’t jump or fly? They can only crawl. Ticks wait for host animals from the tips of grasses and shrubs. When brushed by a moving animal or person, they quickly let go of the vegetation and climb onto the host. Like most people, you are probably saying “Gross!” at the thought, but click here about Tom Mather, a researcher at the University of Rhode Island who catches ticks (yuck!) to help us understand Lyme disease and how ticks work. We are thankful for guys like Tom out there who do those jobs that would send most of us running…and scratching.

As you probably know, our four legged friends can be affected too. Five of the ten diseases ticks transmit to humans can be transmitted to pets. That is why keeping everyone (furry or not) around your household tick-free is important.  And if you do find yourself or a pet with a tick, follow these instructions from the CDC:

1.  Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.

2.  Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.

3.  After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.

To avoid all of this, use prevention methods to keep ticks out of your yard in the first place. Let Mosquito Joe spray your yard and set up a barrier for these intruders. Since our barrier sprays target shrubbery, we already zone in on where ticks live and wait for a host. Don’t let that host be you! Call us today for a free quote. And stay tuned for our next spotlight, fleas!

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