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.

 

Source: Photo from https://www.againstmalaria.com/Distribution_Gallery.aspx

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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!

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Beware the Gallinippers!

In 1897 author David Flanery described an insect by saying it was “the shyest, sliest  meanest, and most venomous of all.” Unfortunately, he was not talking about something out of a horror film, he was describing a mosquito! Mega-mosquito, that is. The “gallinipper” is a floodwater mosquito with a body about half an inch long, making it twenty times larger than the average mosquito, and while the bite doesn’t actually contain venom, it is said to be very painful. While this type of mosquito is nothing new, they’ve made a lot of headlines lately as Florida could be set for an overabundance of the unwelcome insect this season.

University of Florida entomologist Phil Kaufman says in 2012 the state had a surge of the huge, biting insects and there is concern of a repeat. “I wouldn’t be surprised, given the numbers we saw last year,” said Kaufman, an associate professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “When we hit the rainy cycle we may see that again.”

The female lays eggs in soil at the edges of ponds, streams and other water bodies that overflow when heavy rains come. The big problem with the gallinipper is their eggs can remain dry and dormant for years. All the eggs need to hatch is high waters to come along, like Tropical Storm Debby last year that brought on the surge of gallinippers. With those females having laid eggs, all it would take is one good rain for those dormant eggs to hatch. Even in their larval stage, gallinippers are so tough they’ll eat tadpoles!

The good news? These mosquitoes are not known to transmit any diseases so while they’re a nuisance, they’re not as dangerous as some other mosquitoes. The bad news? Kaufman stated that due to their size, these mosquitoes may be immune to insect repellents that contain the well-known ingredient DEET, meaning Florida residents will need to find an alternative to many of the off-the-shelf mosquito repellent products if they want to avoid a run in with these pesky fliers.

Will these mega mosquitoes become an issue in other parts of the U.S.? That may be the question in a lot of people’s minds as the press about gallinippers continues. Fortunately for communities with Mosquito Joe, the product used in our mosquito treatments IS effective on the gallinipper as well as your every day mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. We’re not in Florida yet but we’re planning to be there soon.

If Mosquito Joe is not in your area, why not become your community’s solution (and hero!) by opening your own Mosquito Joe business? We currently have franchise opportunities available across the U.S. Contact us for more information.

Source: https://news.ufl.edu/2013/03/04/big-skeeter/
(UF/IFAS photo by Marisol Amador )

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We’re taking on mosquitoes nationwide!

More and more people are learning about Mosquito Joe and we couldn’t be more excited.  (Did you see Mosquito Joe in the Virginian-Pilot earlier this month?) The work we have done in Hampton Roads over the past three years has been nothing less than rewarding – helping families and friends enjoy their time together outdoors without the annoying need for smelly sprays and citronella candles creating a medicinal aura around the yard.  We are thrilled that we are now going to be able to reach so many more people with our mosquito control services – allowing them piece of mind when they think about the dangers of mosquito-borne illnesses as well as freedom to soak in the sunshine during the spring and summer months without all the smacking and scratching. Below is an announcement of our expansion. We hope you’ll share the news with your friends as well, and anyone you think might want to be a part of the Mosquito Joe family.  With Mosquito Joe, outside is fun again!

Mosquito Joe Expanding, Franchises Available Nationwide

Virginia Beach, VA, January 2013 –Locally based Virginia Beach company Mosquito Joe has been making outdoors fun again for Hampton Roads residents since 2010, using barrier sprays to protect their yards from mosquitoes. Now they are giving you the opportunity to do the same for your area as they recently announced they are offering franchise opportunities locally and nationwide.

Continue reading We’re taking on mosquitoes nationwide!

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