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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Mosquito-Proof Your Campsite

Summer is the perfect time to plan a trip with family and friends to de-stress. Here at Mosquito Joe, we love being able to get outside and enjoy nature. One of our favorite ways to unwind and spend time outside is by packing up the car – or RV – and going camping!

When you and your family are grilling out, playing by the pool or relaxing in the backyard, mosquitoes and ticks can easily ruin a fun evening at home. But Mosquito Joe knows that pesky outdoor pests are nuisances even when you aren’t in your yard. You might be familiar with how to make sure mosquitoes and ticks don’t impose on you and your family when you’re in your backyard, but do you know what to do when you head to your campsite?

Assess your campsite

Just like at home, make sure to eliminate any standing water from your campsite. A bottle cap full of water alone can breed over 300 mosquitoes. By removing stagnant water, you will ensure that more mosquitoes won’t be able to breed. Additionally, set up your campsite away from marshy areas, slow moving rivers and streams, leaf debris and heavily wooded areas. These landscapes are more attractive to mosquitoes and ticks; mosquitoes prefer damp areas while ticks like taking shelter in shady spaces and areas with tall grass.

Keep insect repellent on hand

Insect repellants line the shelves of drugstores during the summer months. Purchasing bug spray that contains DEET will keep mosquitoes from biting while you’re pitching your tent, hiking or biking. For even more protection against these pests, pick up an insect repellant that is made with coconut oil compounds. A recent study showed that the fatty acids in coconut oil can be effective at repelling mosquitoes and ticks than DEET. To avoid spraying sticky sprays, try insect repellant wristbands.

If you’d prefer a more natural  solution, consider using essential oils. These extracts do more than help you smell fresh while outdoors, they can also repel against annoying mosquitoes.! Rosemary, thyme, eucalyptus, lavender, mint and tea tree are oils are effective repellants. In addition to acting as a repellant, these essential oils can act as a natural remedy for itchy mosquito bites. Check out our blog to learn more about how you can use these to relieve uncomfortable bites!

Wear the correct gear

If you plan on hiking, horseback riding or fishing on your camping trip, be sure to pack and wear clothing that will protect you from mosquitoes and ticks. White and khaki colored clothing will make you less attractive to mosquitoes. These pesky pests see dark colors better than light, so stay cool and avoid mosquito bites! When roaming in high grasses or heavily wooded areas, wear long pants tucked into socks and closed toe shoes. This way ticks won’t be able to latch onto exposed skin as you pass by.

Nobody wants mosquitoes camping in their backyard, so, have your local Mosquito Joe treat your property! Stop smacking yourself in the face and reach out to us at 855-ASK-A-JOE or visit us online at MosquitoJoe.com to make outside fun again.

 

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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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How to Mosquito Proof Your Pool

Everyone wants to get away from the scorching heat of summer, and what better way than to take a dip in your pool? From Memorial Day to Labor Day, people of all ages take a dip to beat the heat. One of the not-so-fun things about pools opening are the mosquitoes that congregate around them. Don’t let mosquitoes turn your leisurely swim into a swat fest – use these tips for how to proof your swimming pool to keep mosquitoes away.

1. Cover Your Pool When Not In Use

Pool areas are the pride and joy of many homeowners. As beautiful as they can be to look at, it’s important to keep your pool covered when not in use. There are several types of pool covers you can purchase, each with their own set of benefits. These include standard winter covers, security covers, and automatic covers. The primary goal of a cover is to make sure your pool is protected from sunlight and any kind of debris. Most covers last a number of years before needing repair or replacement. To ensure protection from pests such as mosquitoes, make sure your cover doesn’t have any tears or rips that may make it easier for mosquitoes to access.

2. Empty Any Standing Water That May Collect In The Area

Standing water can be found in most areas surrounding pools. Because mosquitoes prefer warm, wet environments, this makes these areas perfect breeding grounds. Female mosquitoes only need a bottlecap full of water to lay eggs. When you think of the amount of water around backyard pools, it’s no wonder why they’re hot spots for mosquitoes! Water toys can make pool time even more enjoyable for kids. They can also become breeding areas for mosquitoes if left unattended, as they can collect water. Storing all pool equipment and toys indoors, can help decrease the amount of standing water that mosquitoes can use to multiply and wreak havoc.

3. Perform Regular Maintenance On Pools And Equipment

Having a pool in your backyard can make your home a favorite among friends and family, but it’s important to keep it in optimal condition. Regular pool maintenance can keep your pool safe for summer fun and help keep away pesky mosquitoes. Keep this checklist in mind before opening your pool for use:

  • Make sure your pool water is balanced and remove any contaminants that are present.
  • Repair any damage to the lining of your pool.
  • Ensure your filtration system is working correctly.
  • Clear out any obstructions from your pool skimmers.

Once you’ve completed everything on the list, your pool is ready for summer fun! It’s a good idea to create a regular maintenance schedule to ensure that your pool area is safe for the entire season.

Swimming can be a highlight of the summer, so don’t let those pesky mosquitoes interrupt your fun! Our barrier treatments ensure your pool areas are bite-free from sunup to sundown. The fun doesn’t have to end at your yard. Take advantage of our Share the MoJo program to refer Mosquito Joe to your family, friends, and neighbors who would also benefit from an itch-free summer. To find a Mosquito Joe in your area click here!

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Lyme Disease in Pets

Mosquito Joe provides mosquito, tick and flea control treatment to residential and commercial customers across the country. We ensure outside is fun again for our customers’ families and pets by eliminating swatting and scratching. We can all agree that our four-legged friends are near and dear to our hearts so we want to make sure they can enjoy the backyard with their favorite humans without avoiding any health risks or concerns. While we certainly make customers’ yards itch-free with our mosquito barrier treatment, this same service also effectively rids the property of ticks and fleas. This is important for our furry friends as ticks carry Lyme disease, the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States.

Transmitted through tick bites, the disease can be difficult to detect and can cause serious and recurring health problems for our pets. Deer ticks, carriers of Lyme disease, are found in forests or grassy, wooded, marshy areas near rivers, lakes or oceans. People or animals may be bitten by deer ticks during outdoor activities such as hiking, camping or while spending time in their backyards. It’s best to be proactive in preventing infection by taking appropriate measures to prevent tick bites, and for dogs, that means vaccinating against the disease. Always remember to ask your local veterinarians office to establish a monthly treatment program.

How to Prevent Lyme Disease

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, “The best way to protect pets from Lyme disease is to take preventive measures to reduce the chance of contracting the disease. Even during the last few weeks of summer, it’s important to remember that pets and people are at greater risk of being infected with Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases such as anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.” Here are a few additional tips to prevent ticks in your backyard:

  • Avoid wooded and tall grassy areas where tick activity is high.
  • Keep your grass cut short and bushes and trees trimmed.
  • Remove wood piles from the home.
  • Move swing sets, sandboxes and other play areas away from wooded areas.
  • Upon returning inside your home after enjoying time outdoors, always check yourself, your children and your pets for ticks. Wash clothing immediately.
  • Use tick-preventative products – check with your veterinarian to find the right products for your pets.
  • Protect your property with a Mosquito Joe barrier treatment so your furry friends can roam your yard worry-free. Our long-lasting treatment works up to 21 days and protects your family and pets from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas.

Symptom in Pets

Once in the bloodstream, the bacteria can travel to different parts of the body and cause problems in specific organs or locations, such as joints, as well as overall illness. Other symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Reduced energy
  • Stiffness, discomfort or pain
  • Swelling of joints

If you see that your dog is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to take them to the veterinarian so they can be tested and treated for Lyme disease.

How are Dogs Tested and Treated?

Once you arrive at the veterinarian, you will need to give a thorough history of your dog’s health and any symptoms they are having. Your veterinarian will run the necessary tests to determine what illness your pet has.  According to the American Kennel Club, “The two blood tests used for Lyme disease testing are called C6 and Quant C6, which can both be performed by your local veterinarian’s office. The C6 antibodies can be detected three to five weeks after an infected tick bites your pet. The next step would be the Quant C6, along with urinalysis to help determine if antibiotics are necessary.”

If the diagnosis is Lyme disease, your dog will be treated as an outpatient and given antibiotics for at least four weeks.

Did you know that ticks will arrive before mosquitoes and hang around after the mosquitoes are gone? Ticks arrive once ground temperature is above 45 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s important to have a plan in place in advance, and to follow through during the fall.  Mosquito Joe ensures families and their pets are protected from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Don’t get ticked off this year – give your local office a call today to get on the schedule.

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