Types of Mosquitoes

We know that mosquitoes can be a nuisance and ruin our outdoor fun, but they can also pose a far more serious threat. In fact, mosquitoes are considered one of the deadliest animals in the world due to the diseases they can transmit. Mosquitoes are guilty of spreading diseases, such as malaria, West Nile virus, Zika virus and much more. With 12 genera and about 176 species of mosquitoes in the United States, below are 3 major species that are culprits of spreading disease and causing those painful, itchy bites.

The Anopheles mosquito, better known as the malaria mosquito, can be found in every continent except for Antarctica. As you can guess from the name, this mosquito is known universally for being the primary vector of malaria. The Anopheles mosquito is also responsible for transmitting heartworm disease to animals. The female malaria mosquito can lay her eggs in a wide range of locations, including inground pools, small streams, freshwater marshes and any other place with clean, slow-moving water. The Anopheles mosquito is most active at two times: just before dawn and right after darkness sets. An interesting fact about the malaria mosquito is that they can still be found in areas where malaria has been eradicated, because the parasite that spreads the disease has been eliminated, not the mosquito itself.

The Aedes mosquito was originally found in tropical and subtropical zones, but can now also be found in all countries except Antarctica. They are visually distinctive because they have noticeable black and white markings on their bodies and legs. The Aedes mosquito is also unique in that they are active and bite only during the daytime, mostly early in the morning and in the evening before dusk. Some of the biggest culprits in the Aedes genus include:

  • The Aedes aegypti mosquito, aka Yellow Fever mosquito: The Aedes aegypti generally lives indoors and near people, resting in cool shaded places in houses, such as wardrobes, laundry areas and under furniture. They are sneaky pests that normally bite around people’s feet and ankles and may bite repeatedly. The Aedes Aegypti mosquito is most known for spreading yellow fever, a viral infection that can cause fever, headache and nausea.
  • The Aedes Albopictus Mosquito, aka Asian Tiger Mosquito: The Aedes Albopictus is the most invasive mosquito species in the world. The female Asian tiger mosquitoes leave behind an itchy, red bump on the skin while you are trying to enjoy your outdoor activities. They also lay their eggs in stagnant water, which can be found in old tires, flowerpots, birdbaths and clogged trains. That means something as small as a bottle cap can hold enough water for larvae, the immature form of insects, to develop.

The common house mosquito gets its name from its typical behavioral pattern – coming into your house and biting you between sunset and sunrise, disrupting your night with multiple itchy, painful bites. The Culex mosquitoes are weak flyers and do not fly very far from where they develop as larvae. Their adult lives are short, rarely more than 15 days. An interesting fact about these mosquitoes is that unlike other mosquitoes that die when the winter months arrive, the house mosquito can hibernate during winter in protected places like sewers, crawlspaces and basements.

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Fortunately, Mosquito Joe is here to help you rid your yard of any mosquito that is ruining your outdoor fun, as well as protect you from mosquito-borne illnesses. Here are a few ways you can help make sure mosquitoes don’t call your yard home:

  • 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.
  • Call Mosquito Joe to rid your yard of mosquitoes and create a protective barrier around your property.

From barrier treatments, all-natural treatments, special events and more, we can provide many different mosquito control options that best fit your needs. Our team is built of mosquito control experts and we’re here to help eliminate mosquito breeding grounds on your property. If you would like more information on how we can eliminate these pesky mosquitoes so you can get back to enjoying your yard, find your local Mosquito Joe and give them a call today!

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Father’s Day Giveaway!

Are you a dad, know a dad, or just really love dad jokes? Mosquito Joe wants to recognize all the dads out there this Father’s Day. To celebrate. we’re giving away one FREE mosquito treatment and MoJo swag to enjoy in your itch-free backyard!

To win for you or your dad, follow the below steps:

Once you complete these steps, you will be entered to win a cooler filled with MoJo swag, along with one FREE mosquito treatment for your property! If you are selected as the winner, we will direct message you on Twitter, so make sure you keep a lookout for the announcement. You will have until June 7, 2019 at 12:00 PM to participate and the winner will be announced at 3:00 PM that same day. Remember, the winner will be chosen based on their best dad joke!

If you didn’t know already, Mosquito Joe is an outdoor pest control company that rids your yard of mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Our expertly trained and licensed technicians carefully inspect your yard for likely breeding sites and eliminate any potential mosquito problems at the source. Then, a customized treatment is applied to the perimeter of the property to create an itch-free yard for up to 21 days.

Interested in learning more? Find your local Mosquito Joe here and give them a call to get on the schedule today!

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Employee of the Month | Jake Vinluan

Meet May’s employee of the month, Jake Vinluan! A graduate from St. Leo University, he obtained a degree in business management and started his career in the customer service field at Navy Credit Union and the Hyatt. Jake has been employed at Mosquito Joe for almost five years and continues to support franchisees with enthusiasm and dedication. We’re lucky to have you, Jake!

What does your job title mean? I am a Franchise Business Coach. The job title means we coach our franchisees in bettering their business, but it’s so much more than that. I look at the franchisees as family members and figuring out the best ways to help our family members be successful. We as coaches do our best to steer the zees in the right direction.

What aspect of your role at Mosquito Joe do you enjoy the most? The people I work with and the franchisees. I really enjoy contributing to the success of franchisees. Working with the people here is another reason why I’m still here. We have a lot of quality people here.

Tell us a little about yourself: I absolutely LOVE people. My heart is for the people. I’m originally from San Diego, CA. My dad was in the military and my mom was a stay at home mom. God and family are the most important things to me. My wife and I have a photography business. We also lead a marriage enrichment group twice a month in our home. We started this to walk the journey with other married couples in growing in their marriages. I am constantly striving to be better than I was yesterday. I am an optimist. Helping people is one of my greatest joys.

What’s your favorite travel spot and why? My favorite travel spot would have to be for the most part anywhere Royal Caribbean takes us just because I like the freedom of being able to visit a few locations in a condensed time and also enjoying the cruise.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I would most likely be a writer for a television show.

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline? Stop smacking yourself in the face.

What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy spending time with family, traveling for leisure, collecting action figures, reading, watching movies, running, photography, eating, and spending time with people in general.

People would be surprised if they knew: Jimmy Fallon wanted to manage me.

What is the last joke you recall? This may have not necessarily a joke but when I was praying with my family this morning it was my daughter, Juliet’s turn to pray and she said, “God, please don’t let my mom forget to brush her teeth.” This made us all laugh hysterically.

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Mosquito Control Awareness Week Partner Highlight: Local Blood Banks

Mosquito Joe & Local Blood Banks around the Country

Mosquitoes are collecting blood from us and our friends every day, without asking, but we’d rather be donating blood to a better cause. That’s why, seven years ago, Mosquito Joe partnered with local blood banks around the country to raise awareness about blood donation centers and the importance of donating blood in your local community during our Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign. Continuing the tradition, Mosquito Joe locations across the country will partner with local blood donation centers for Mosquito Control Awareness Week. For every new customer that signs up for mosquito control services during Mosquito Control Awareness Week, we will donate 10% of the sale to those local blood banks.

Local blood banks play a major role in blood donations by providing about 40% of the nation’s blood and blood components. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses and traumatic injuries. Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets or plasma, this lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation. In order to make a difference in the communities around us, Mosquito Joe asks you to visit your local blood donation center and donate blood today!

Beat the Bloodsuckers

Mosquito Joe recognizes the importance of Mosquito Control Awareness Week through our Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign, taking place June 23-29, 2019. Our goal is to raise awareness in the communities in which we operate about the importance of mosquito control and the amazing work of local blood banks. Franchisees have the opportunity to partner with a local blood bank in their area to raise money and donate blood. Last year, Mosquito Joe locations across the country were able to raise over $7,000 and partner with 26 blood banks! We are committed to making this year even more successful. For every new customer that signs up for a service during Mosquito Control Awareness Week, 10% of the sale will be donated in their honor.*

Mosquito Joe is thankful we are able to partner with such great organizations and look forward to all of the success Beat the Bloodsuckers 2019 will bring. All of us coming together can help ensure patients receive lifesaving blood. Along with signing up for service, we are hoping you will pledge to donate blood with us and Beat the Bloodsuckers.

*Participating locations only.

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Mosquito Control Awareness Week Partner Highlight: Nothing But Nets

Mosquito Joe & Nothing But Nets 

On May 4, 2017, Mosquito Joe and the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign announced their new partnership. As a partner, we have helped raise funds and awareness about mosquito-borne illnesses and the importance of mosquito control through our Beat the Bloodsuckers and MoJo Bites Back campaigns.

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Nothing But Nets is the world’s largest grassroots campaign fighting malaria, which is caused by a single mosquito bite. Malaria is preventable and treatable and for many families, insecticide-treated bed nets are the most effective way to stay healthy. Nothing But Nets asks their customers for just $10, which sends two bed nets to those in need in sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. With the help of partners and supporters like us, Nothing But Nets has raised over $70 million to help deliver more than 13 million bed nets, along with other crucial malaria interventions like diagnostics, treatment and training of healthcare workers.

End Malaria

Malaria is a disease that rarely crosses our minds because, in the United States, malaria has been eliminated. However, nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of this disease. Malaria is transmitted to people through the bites of Anopheles mosquitoes, which primarily bite at night and carry the life-threatening disease caused by the blood parasite Plasmodium. Nothing But Nets has a goal to end malaria for good. With the help of partners and customers like you, we can make this happen.

As Mosquito Joe’s presence grows to 33 states, we provide exceptional pest control services in hundreds of communities across the country. By protecting families from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas, we are making outside fun again. Now, with partnering with Nothing But Nets, we are taking a stronger stance against mosquitoes. Our Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign is one of the many ways that we are doing this.

Beat the Bloodsuckers

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The Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign will take place during Mosquito Control Awareness Week, which is June 23-29, 2019. For the third year in a row, Mosquito Joe has partnered with Nothing But Nets. For every new Mosquito Joe customer that signs up that week, we will send two bed nets to families that are in need.* Last year, our company raised over $24,000, sending 2,413 life-saving nets during Mosquito Control Awareness Week! To make this year even better, make sure you give your local Mosquito Joe a call to get on the schedule the week of June 23-29. And if you are already a customer, Share the MoJo with your friends and let them know how they can help Beat the Bloodsuckers. Wondering how far your $10 donation reaches? Watch the video provided by Nothing But Nets to see the life of a bed net and how far your donation truly reaches.

Mosquito Joe is thankful we are able to partner with such a great organization and look forward to all of the success Beat the Bloodsuckers 2019 will bring. Another way that you can support us in our mission is by donating to our campaign as we raise funds for malaria and bring awareness to malaria-stricken areas. Help us Beat the Bloodsuckers and make a difference this Mosquito Control Awareness Week by signing up for a service or simply by making a personal donation. It will only cost you $10 to send a net; make a difference for a family in need today.

*Participating locations only

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