Do Mosquitoes Spread Coronavirus?

This answer is…absolutely not.

While there are a lot of diseases spread by mosquitoes, according to World Health Organization has stated, “There has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes.”

How Does COVID-19 Spread?

COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 is being spread from person to person. Based on what we know, its spread occurs between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Respiratory droplets are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and those droplets carry the virus from one person to another.

How Do I Protect Myself and My Family?

This pandemic is moving quickly, and the best practices can change from day-to-day. Follow the preventative steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and your local health department, as some information will change based on how serious the outbreak is in your area.

To help you stay healthy and safe, we’ve outlined some of the most effective preventative measures below.

Social Distancing

Limiting contact with people outside your home is an important step in protecting yourself and your family. Social distancing means taking measures to maintain distance from other humans, therefore limiting the chances of them infecting you with COVID-19. The easiest way to distance yourself is to stay at home as much as possible.

If you must leave the house, take the following steps to distance yourself while outside the home:

  • Stay at least six feet away from other people as much as possible.
  • Replace handshakes or hugs with elbow bumps.
  • If you touch door handles or handrails, do not touch your face; wash your hands as soon as possible.
  • If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.
  • If you are healthy, avoid contact with people who are sick.

Personal Hygiene

It cannot be said enough that handwashing and keeping your hands away from your face are vital steps in protecting yourself and others. Consider the following recommendations from the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often. Use soap and hot water and wash for at least 20 seconds, especially after being out in public, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Use hand sanitizer only when soap and water are not accessible and ensure it contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face. If your hands are dirty, keep them away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Contain coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw used tissues in the trash immediately. If you’re not able to use a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick. Healthy individuals who are not caring for sick people do not need to wear masks. It’s important to make sure masks are available for those who need them.
  • Clean and disinfect. Both clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched regularly every day. This includes things like tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.

While COVID-19 is already impacting life in America on a significant level, taking the necessary precautions to limit its spread is the best thing we can do to protect both ourselves and our communities.

Mosquitoes Do Carry Many Diseases

While mosquitoes are not of concern with the outbreak of COVID-19, they are carriers of many diseases that can have serious impacts on those who contract the diseases. If you’re concerned about mosquitoes in your yard, Mosquito Joe provides treatments to help eliminate mosquitoes from your property. Give us a call at 1-855-275-2563 or request a quote online.

Learn how to reduce spreading of germs in your office with these tips from Molly Maid, another member of the Neighborly® family of home service brands.

The information provided herein is interim guidance for general education purposes only and should not be construed as or substituted for medical advice or emergency response plans. For additional information, please contact your local health department or visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. All Mosquito Joe services are performed by independently owned and operated franchises.

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Where Do Mosquitoes Live?

With warm weather right around the corner, mosquitoes are quick to follow. When you start to feel the itchiness from the first mosquito bite of the season, the first thought that comes to mind is, “Where are all of these mosquitoes coming from?!” The pest experts of Mosquito Joe are here to answer where these pesky pests live and how you can decrease their population in your yard.

Where Do Mosquitoes Live?

While it may seem that mosquitoes occupy your backyard and eardrums alone, mosquitoes actually live in different environments throughout their lifecycle. These environments include standing water (ponds, puddles, wetlands), tall grass, hollow logs, and under leaf litter.

Mosquito Eggs

In the early stages of their life, mosquitoes are aquatic. Eggs could be laid in flood areas, standing water, or damp soil, but water must be present for the eggs to hatch. This is the reason that eliminating standing water from your yard is an effective measure for decreasing mosquitoes.

Mosquito Larva & Pupa

Mosquito larvae spend their entire lives developing in water and feeding on microorganisms, algae, and so on. Once a mosquito larva has molted four times, it develops into the pupa stage, which is also aquatic. From here, the adult mosquito emerges from its casing, dries its wings, and takes flight.

As you can see, water plays an extremely important role in mosquitoes making their way from eggs to adults.

Adult Mosquitoes

Once mosquitoes become full-fledged adults they begin breeding, often within 28 hours of emerging from pupal stage. Females require a blood meal to mate successfully. When they are not out for blood or breeding, adult mosquitoes rest in tall grass; inside logs, hollow trees or stumps; or under leaf litter.

Mosquito Nest: Is It Real?

As you may have noticed, none of these mosquito life stages describe what we might think of as a nest. Mosquitoes are not social insects such as bees or ants, so they will not form a familial or collective nest. Unfortunately, that means removing mosquitoes from your yard is a little trickier than simply finding their nest and decimating it, no matter how satisfying that would be.

How To Decrease Their Population In Your Yard

Mosquito Joe is here to rid your yard of any mosquitoes that are ruining your outdoor fun. Here are some measures you can take to make sure mosquitoes aren’t bugging you:

  • 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.
  • Let Mosquito Joe be your second line of defense by getting a barrier treatment that protects your yard from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas

 

If it feels like the mosquitoes in your yard never take a break, it’s time to take a stand! Call the pros at Mosquito Joe today at 1-855-275-2563 or contact us online and make the backyard yours again!

Mosquitoes can make the outdoors a hassle, but keeping a cozy and clean home is a great way to instill a little joy in our lives. The professionals at Molly Maid, a fellow Neighborly® home service brand, can give you a clean home.  

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What Plants Keep Mosquitoes Away?

The whine of a mosquito in your ear is a nettlesome annoyance to your back-porch nap. You’ve tried lighting citronella candles and dabbled with insect repellent devices—but is there a more natural way to keep the mosquitoes at bay? 

We bet you didn’t know that you can use plants to mitigate mosquitoes! Some naturally deter insects and can contribute to a pest-free backyard. So, what plants keep mosquitoes away? Where should they be situated to thrive, and should they be planted or potted? 

Let the insect experts at Mosquito Joe shed some light on what plants help keep mosquitoes away. 

What Kind of Plants Keep Mosquitoes Away?

While no single plant is a pest panacea, these florae all contain some form of mosquito repellent property. To help deter mosquitoes from your yard, you can plant the following plants: 

Basil

  • Fragrant and fresh basil can be more than a bright herb in bruschetta. Mosquitoes are not fond of basil, so you can create a barrier around any standing water on your property to discourage any mosquito egg-laying. Basil flourishes in full sun, well-drained soil, and a large pot allowing airflow between plants.  

Bee Balm

  • Also known as wild bergamot, bee balm has the twofold benefit of deterring mosquitoes and inviting desirable pollinators like bees and butterflies. Make sure you allow for full sun and soil that allows drainage. 

Catnip

  • Felines are drawn by the naturally occurring chemical nepetalactone that catnip produces. It is this same cat-alluring compound that keeps mosquitoes away and makes it one of the most effective plants for mosquito control. However, if you do have cats, this might not be the best option for you. Catnip can grow in full sun or partial shade and does better with well-drained soil. Keep it in its own pot, if you don’t want it to grow freely in your garden, where it can become a bit invasive. 

Citronella

  • A familiar ingredient in mosquito-repellent candles, the plant itself produces a strong scent that overwhelms other mosquito attractants. Situate in full sun or partial shade and plant in large planters or let it thrive in a garden. 

Lavender

  • The soothing scent of fresh lavender also serves to rebuff mosquitoes. Opt for a large pot or let it flourish in the garden if you have the available space. (Lavender can swell to a sizeable bush.) Keep in sunlight. 

Lemon Balm 

  • This lovely decorative plant can be used for more than just décor. Place around your patio space to ward off mosquito intrusion. Situate in full sun and keep potted as it can overrun a garden if planted. 

Lemongrass

  • This plant contains citral, a natural oil that is used in mosquito repellents, and it serves well as an organic deterrent. Grow in a large pot with ample drainage and leave in full sun.  

Marigold

  • Pleasant in color and full in fragrance, marigolds work delightfully well to edge a garden and to repel mosquitoes. These flowering plants contain the compound pyrethrum, which is used in insect repellents. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. 

Peppermint

  • Crisp and bright in scent, peppermint is also natural mosquito repellent. Like other members of the mint family, this plant can invade a garden if let loose. Situate in a planter in the full sun with damp soil. 

 

The right plants can be a beneficial ally in the fight for a pest-free backyard. To add to this second line of defense, call Mosquito Joe today to spray a barrier treatment on your property to rid mosquitoes, ticks and fleas from your property. Give us a call at 1-855-275-2563 or contact us online so we can make outside fun again for you and your family. 

Ready to tackle a larger landscaping project? Explore these outdoor landscaping ideas from The Grounds Guys, a fellow member of the Neighborly® family of home service brands

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How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Inside

It’s a peaceful summer night and you are slowly drifting off to sleep until you hear it—the obnoxious whine of a mosquito in your ear! It leaves you asking how these pesky mosquitoes got in and, more important, how to get rid of mosquitoes inside your house.

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Inside the House

Once you determine that you have mosquitoes inside your home, the first thing you want to do is get rid of them, especially before you turn in for the night.

Consider these options for taking care of mosquitoes that are already in your home:

  • Use an indoor insect fogger or insect spray to kill mosquitoes and treat areas where larvae may develop. Mosquitoes will gravitate toward dark, moist places so be sure to check in closets, under the sink, or around the laundry room.
  • Purchase mosquito traps and place them around your home, focusing on the areas where mosquitoes are most prevalent.
  • Put plants to work! Fill your home with mosquito-repelling herbs such as tulsi, catnip and feverfew.

The best way to keep their intrusion to a minimum is by being proactive and working to keep them out from the start.

Keep Mosquitoes Out of the House

Mosquitoes are effective at finding their way into homes. They actively seek out cracks, gaps, and broken screens. Use these tips to seal up your home and keep mosquitoes where they belong: outside.

  • Inspect window and door screens for gaps and holes then either mend the tear or replace the screen.
  • Inspect windows for gaps or weathered sealing and shore up these openings with caulk.
  • Ensure weather seals on doors do not have any gaps. If they do, replace the seals.

What Type of Mosquitoes Are In Your Home

Have you ever wondered exactly what type of mosquitoes are likely to be flitting around your home? Culex mosquitoes are known as the Common House Mosquito because of their tendency to want to make their way into homes. While other types of mosquitoes may end up in the home, these are the only ones that seek out the indoors.

The best way to keep mosquitoes out of your home is also keeping them out of your yard. Contact us online or call Mosquito Joe today at 1-855-275-2563 so we can make outside fun again for you and your family!

Are there other bugs you want to keep out of your home? Learn how to make your home a no-bug zone from the cleaning professionals at Molly Maid, a fellow member of the Neighborly® family of home service brands.

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Stop the Itch: How to Stop Mosquito Bites from Itching

A mosquito buzzing in your ear is a short-lived annoyance, but the itch from their bite can be a lasting nuisance. Why do mosquito bites itch and how long do mosquito bites itch? Most important, you’re probably asking how to stop mosquito bites from itching.

Let the experts at Mosquito Joe answer these questions and more!

Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?             

The body’s immune system interprets the saliva from a mosquito’s bite as a foreign substance. This triggers the immune system to produce histamine in order to confront the infection. Histamine sends white blood cells and increased blood flow to the site of infection, which results in inflammation. This increased swelling and nerves in the surrounding area cause the mosquito bite to itch.

How Long Do Mosquito Bites Itch?            

As the mosquito bite heals, the itching sensation subsides. The skin will take on a less red shade as the irritation dissipates. Typically, mosquito bites may itch from three to four days. This time period can differ from person to person and bite to bite.

How to Stop Mosquito Bites from Itching?

There are many tried-and-true methods to mitigate the itch of a mosquito bite such as calamine lotion or a hydrocortisone cream, but the methods people use in practice are seemingly endless!

Here are a few other home remedies to help with mosquito bite itch:

Don’t Itch

  • While this may seem obvious, the less you scratch the bite, the less irritated and inflamed it will be.

Baking Soda Paste

  • Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with enough water to form a paste. Apply to the bite and then wash off the mixture after 10 minutes.

Cool it Down

  • A bag of ice or cold pack applied to a mosquito bite can reduce inflammation and thus lessen the itch.

Heat It Up

  • The opposite treatment with the same goal. Applying heat to a bite may also work toward reducing inflammation and itch. Turn the shower up as high as you can stand and put that bite under the hot water.

Primrose Oil

  • A natural remedy, applying primrose oil to a mosquito bite can help with swelling and itching.

Witch Hazel

  • Witch hazel is another natural option. Applying a dab to an inflamed mosquito bite can lessen irritation and expedite healing.

Honey

  • While not advised to wear outside (it can attract more bugs), a dab of honey can help soothe an itching bite.

Lime Juice

  • Rub a slice of lemon or lime on the affected area to use as an anti-inflammatory.

If There’s No Bite, There’s No Itch

While there are remedies to address the itch, the best solution is to fight the bites before you get them! Contact or call Mosquito Joe today at 1-855-275-2563 to make the first step toward a a bite-free space!

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