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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Check Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Off Your To-Do List!

 

With temperatures rising, days getting longer and fun summer holiday plans on the calendar, spring cleaning and home maintenance isn’t high on anyone’s list of priorities. However, Mosquito Joe, along with our fellow Neighborly brands, are here to make your seasonal to-do list less daunting.

Get a Spotless Home, Stress-free

Many people associate spring cleaning with the laborious chore of deep cleaning their home. The home cleaning authority, Molly Maid, has several tips on how to tackle this task on their handy checklist. By finish cleaning one room before starting the next and completing rooms over the course of several days, spring cleaning is a snap! Molly Maid also recommends establishing a regular cleaning schedule.

Did you know? Molly Maid offers flexible cleaning options, whether it is a regular cleaning plan or just preparing for a visit from out-of-town guests!

Keep Cool this Summer

Summer is right around the corner, which means 90 degree days are ahead of us. When the weather outside is sweltering, keeping air conditioning circulating in your home is a top priority.  However, winter’s cold temperatures can cause cracks in windows and doors which can let out cool air. For increased energy efficiency and optimal AC, Mr. Handyman suggests inspecting caulking where cracks could let air in and out of your home.

Did you know? Mr. Handyman does it all! With expertise in a little bit of everything, Mr. Handyman can help repair, remodel and maintain your home.

The Grass is Greener Where You Water, Seed and Aerate It!

The sun’s scorching summer rays can create unsightly brown patches of grass in your yard. The Grounds Guys have a number of tips on how to turn your lawn into a lush, green paradise. These include applying fertilizer once grass begins growing in mid to late spring, watering grass approximately one inch per week, and aerating warm-season grass during early summer, which is peak grass growing season.

Did you know? The Grounds Guys do more than just landscaping! Keep their phone number on speed dial this winter for holiday lighting installation and snow and ice removal.

Stop Smacking Yourself in the Face

Don’t let pesky mosquitoes, ticks and fleas crash your barbecue, pool party or summer gathering. Dumping standing water around your yard eliminates mosquito breeding sites so your property isn’t home to pesky pests. Cutting grass short and keeping lawns manicured keeps ticks from latching onto you and your pets. A barrier spray treatment from Mosquito Joe adds an extra layer of defense to your property!

Did you know? Mosquito Joe barrier treatments eliminate not only mosquitoes, ticks and fleas, but over 30 different types of outdoor pests that keep you and your family swatting and scratching.

To schedule a mosquito, tick and flea barrier control treatment and make your yard itch-free, reach out to your local Mosquito Joe today!

Find the comprehensive Neighborly Spring Maintenance Checklist here. With 14 home service brands under its umbrella, Neighborly has you covered for everything you need to enhance, repair and maintain your home. Visit GetNeighborly.com to learn more and find the Neighbor for your home’s needs!

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Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites

Some of the most exciting moments of the summer occur outdoors. Between sports, backyard barbecues, and sunbathing, there’s never a shortage of things to do! One of the most annoying things about enjoying the outdoors are mosquito bites. Who wants to spend the first few innings of their baseball game swatting? And nothing ruins an outdoor wedding like taking your eyes away from the bride and groom to relieve the itch from a bite. We know how awful mosquito bites can be, so here’s some information on how you and your family can ditch the itch this summer.

Why do mosquito bites itch so much?

Mosquito bites appear when a female mosquito draws blood from a host. (Fun fact: Only female mosquitoes bite!) These bites can appear as small read bumps on the skin or as larger swollen areas. When mosquitoes draw blood, a protein is released into the blood system, causing general irritation of the skin and of course, itching.

We all know the automatic reaction to a mosquito bite is to scratch, however, this can lead to further irritation as scratching can damage the skin and lead to infection. So, what can you do? Here are some DIY remedies you can use:

One of the simplest ways to alleviate the itch of a mosquito bite is to apply a cold compress to the affected area. A small bag of ice can help reduce swelling and redness as well as temporarily soothe any itching. If you don’t have ice, a bag of frozen peas is a great alternative. Don’t worry, we’re not judging!

If you frequently get sunburned, you likely have the next ingredient in your cabinet. Aloe vera is a great, natural anti-septic that can help ease the pain of mosquito bites. You can use aloe vera gel which is available in most supermarkets or, you can get an aloe vera plant and scoop out the fresh gel. Another method is to remove the gel from the plant, blend until it reaches a smooth consistency, pour into an ice tray, and freeze. This makes for an easy application with less mess and a satisfying cooling sensation.

Another remedy that you may have at home is honey. While it’s most famous for being a natural sweetener, honey also has a number of antibiotic properties that can help combat irritation from mosquito bites. Using this ingredient, you can get rid of the itch fast and protect the area from infection.

Typically used in skincare, witch hazel is another household item that can be beneficial for fighting the itch of mosquito bites. Because it is an astringent, witch hazel helps lessen the irritation at the location of the bite.

Using essential oils to treat mosquito bites is a trendier solution. Natural oils such as lavender and tea tree oil help take out the sting and unpleasantness of mosquito bites, not to mention the added benefit of making you smell amazing. Be mindful when using essential oils, as a little goes a long way! You only need a drop or two diluted with a carrier oil (such as jojoba or coconut) or water to do the trick. Using too much can result in further skin irritation. To make this solution a little more convenient, you can create your own essential oil roller!

The most common ways to combat mosquito bites are applying common over-the-counter items such as hydrocortisone or calamine lotion. Both of these medicated creams help to relieve itchiness on contact and provide relief almost instantly.

The best way to protect yourself from mosquito bites is to make sure that your outdoor spaces have been treated by Mosquito Joe! Don’t let mosquito bites ruin your summer. Call Mosquito Joe today to ensure that you can enjoy your backyard without worrying about bites from mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.

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Don’t let a tick make you sick | Lyme Disease Awareness Month

With the April showers behind us and May flowers starting to bloom, warm weather is finally here! With warmer weather brings more outdoor activities, as well as the possibility of a tick bite. May is National Lyme Disease Awareness Month and Mosquito Joe is joining the fight to protect families and furry friends from this tick-borne illness.

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease was first detected in 1976 in Lyme, Connecticut and most commonly occurs in the Northeast, upper Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions. It is estimated that about 300,000 people are diagnosed each year.  Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. In most cases, the tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted.

Signs and Symptoms

Early symptoms of Lyme disease usually begin from 3 to 30 days after being bitten by an infected tick. The most common early stage symptom is a rash where the tick was attached. This rash starts as a small red area that spreads outward to look like a bullseye. One may also experience flu-like symptoms, such as headache, fever, sore and aching muscles and joints, stiff neck, fatigue and swollen glands.

If you experience any of the following symptoms and have had a tick bite, it is important to seek medical attention. Untreated Lyme disease can produce a wide range of symptoms, depending on the stage of infection. Some of these symptoms may include fever, facial paralysis and arthritis.

Treatment

If you develop any of the above symptoms within several weeks of removing a tick, it’s important that you see your healthcare provider. When Lyme disease is diagnosed in the early stages, people usually recover rapidly and completely. In order to be treated, you will be given antibiotics by your healthcare provider, which most commonly are doxycycline, amoxicillin or cefuroxime axetil.

However, you can get Lyme disease again if you are bitten by another infected tick, so it is important to protect yourself from tick bites.

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Preventing Tick Bites

Although it’s not possible to completely protect yourself from getting a tick bite, there are steps you can take to reduce your chances. Tick activity is higher during the warmer months, but ticks can be out anytime the temperature is about 45 degrees Fahrenheit. With the help from Mosquito Joe, you can get ahead of any tick problems you might have this season, while also implementing the following habits:

  • Keep grass short and underbrush thinned at your home.
  • Move wood piles away from the home.
  • Wear light-colored clothes to help you spot ticks easily.
  • Check your body for ticks and shower within two hours of being outdoors.
  • Move swing sets, sandboxes and other play areas to avoid tick bites.
  • Keep pets out of thickly wooded areas where tick activity is high and talk to your veterinarian about tick control options.
  • Let Mosquito Joe be your second line of deference for these intruders by getting a barrier spray that rids your yards for mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.

When you come in from the outdoors, always do a thorough check on yourself, your family and your pets. When doing a tick check, remember that ticks liked places that are warm, so make sure you check the back of your armpits, scalp, back of the neck and behind the ears.

But what if I do get a tick bite?

If you do find a tick on you or your family, there’s no need to panic! The key is to remove the tick as soon as possible. There are several tick removal devices on the market, but fine-tipped tweezers also work great. Follow the below steps on removing a tick:

  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 does happen, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to do so, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
  3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
  4. Never crush a tick with your fingers. Dispose of a live tick by putting it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet.removal of tick

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/removing_a_tick.html

Don’t be ticked off this summer

Let Mosquito Joe be another line of defense against tick-borne illnesses 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 family and our job is not done until you are happy!

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