April: Heartworm Awareness Month

Spring is upon us which means more barbecues, relaxing by the pool, and playing outside!  Making outdoor spaces enjoyable for the whole family is a high priority for us at Mosquito Joe, even for our friends with four legs.  April is Heartworm Awareness Month, something that affects a large number of families’ pets each year.

What Are They?

Heartworms are a parasite that can live in the major organs of an animal’s body such as the heart, lungs, and connected vessels.  Pets can contract heartworms after being bitten by infected mosquitoes.

Risk Areas

While heartworms are an issue in much of the United States, the highest reported cases are in the southeast, especially Gulf Coast areas.  This is due to a number of factors: warmer climates that make transmission from mosquitoes much easier and the number of wildlife carriers in the area.

Prevention

One way to protect your pets is to get them tested regularly and to follow a veterinarian’s recommendation and have a prevention regimen in place.  The American Heartworm Society recommends getting puppies aged 7 months and older tested for heartworms every 12 months and taking preventative medication once a month.  Although cats are less likely to contract heartworms as they are atypical hosts, it is important to have cats tested regularly for early detection.

Our barrier-treatment sprays can be an added layer of defense as they provide relief and protection from mosquitoes for 21 days.  With a regular schedule of treatments, especially during the peak mosquito season, you can keep your family and pets protected from mosquitoes and the health risks they carry.

You can also lower the mosquito population near your home by:

  • Emptying standing water sources. Tires, puddles, bird baths, even children’s toys can be prime breeding ground for mosquitoes
  • Cleaning gutters regularly
  • Cut grass and shrubs short
  • Drill holes in tires swings, trash cans or recycle bins so water drains out
  • Repair leaky outdoor faucets
  • Make sure your lawn is weed free and avoid overgrown vegetation

Once you’ve had a visit from your local Joe and have a mosquito-free yard, it’s time to enjoy it!  That goes for your four legged family members too, so here’s a list of fun games to play outside with your dog! You probably have some of these items already laying around the house or garage, so head outside for more wagging and less swatting.

For a Mosquito Joe location in your area or more information on the services we offer, click here.  To find more information on heartworms, visit the American Heartworm Society.

 

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Preparing Your Yard for Spring…and Mosquitoes

Spring is in the air, and so are the mosquitoes. As temperatures begin to warm up and you start to transition your wardrobe from fuzzy sweaters to raincoats, we want to make sure you’ve got some helpful tips for preparing your yard for some outdoor (itch-free) fun with your friends and family. Once temperatures stay consistently above 50 degrees we’ll begin to see some increased mosquito activity. Who would’ve thought that preparing your yard for the spring season could also prepare you for the arrival of mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water, so it’s best to empty bird baths, ponds, planters, toys or anywhere else water may gather. Drilling holes in tire swings, trash cans and recycle bins allows water to drain out easily. Repair any leaky outdoor faucets to avoid water pooling underneath them. Finally, keep your grass and shrubs cut short. Mosquitoes are shrub hoppers and gather to rest in shady, cool areas which is why it’s best to keep your yard weed free and avoid any overgrown vegetation.

With over 3,500 species of mosquitoes out there laying 100-300 eggs at a time, they just can’t wait to start bugging us!

Once your yard is ready, get outside and enjoy some fun spring activities:

  • Have a picnic with your favorite snacks
  • Plant your favorite spring flowers
  • Get a box of colorful chalk and turn your sidewalks into a mural
  • Take a walk around your neighborhood
  • Fly a kite on a breezy day
  • Play catch, throw a football back and forth or kick a soccer ball around
  • Blow bubbles with the young (and young at heart) kids in your life

Have you pre-paid for your 2018 season yet? There may still be time to save in your area.Contact your local Mosquito Joe to get a free quote for professional, ongoing defense in your yard. Treatments are tailored to your property and our products are applied by certified and trained technicians.

Don’t forget about ticks! Mosquito Joe rids your yard of ticks too so your family and pets can enjoy outside. Visit our Tick Control page for some background on ticks, the diseases they carry and some helpful tips for keeping your property ahead of tick issues.

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National Dog Day 2016

Of all the national days to celebrate, National Dog Day is one we’re happy to recognize at Mosquito Joe. It’s an opportunity to spread awareness of topics pertaining to pets like adoption, breed bans, and animal cruelty. You can check out the National Dog Day website for more information on ways to celebrate, becoming a partner, and adoption information.

This day is near and dear to our hearts because many of our Corporate staff have dogs of their own (all rescues!) that occasionally stop by for a visit! You can see some of their adorable faces below. Mosquito Joe also works daily to make outside fun again for you and your family, including your pets!  Our barrier spray treatments help eliminate ticks and fleas, which spread illnesses such as heart worms and Lyme Disease to our four-legged friends. You can learn more in a previous blog about these diseases, their symptoms, and treatments, so that you can keep your pets safe!

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How to Celebrate National Dog Day

You may think National Dog Day is only for dog-owners to celebrate, but anyone with an interest in helping these animals can participate in a variety of ways!

  • Adopt a dog from a local shelter – This is one of the main reasons National Dog Day is celebrated! If you are considering getting a dog and are prepared to make the leap, visit your local animal shelters to see if you can give a rescue dog a loving home. There are plenty of animals that are often overlooked or in need of a family that you can help! Search for your local shelter here.
  • Volunteer at a local animal shelter – Those dogs waiting to find a suitable owner need company too! Contact your local animal shelter or rescue center about volunteering. Facilities almost always need help cleaning cages, feeding, and socializing with the animals.
  • Donate food and toys to local shelters – Many shelters are non-profit and run solely off of local donations. Items like blankets, food, and toys go a long way to taking care of the animals waiting to be adopted.
  • Have a National Dog Day party and invite your friends to bring their dogs – Invite your neighbors and friends over for a backyard BBQ, and tell them to bring their dogs too! You can set up a sprinkler or kiddie pool for the dogs to splash around in, have games and prizes for owners to play with their dogs, and hand out goodie bags for everyone to take home. Get inspired with dog party ideas here.
  • Buy your friend a dog gift – If you want to spoil a pet-owner you love, check out this website for great ideas from apparel to art and decoration!
  • Teach your dog a new trick – If you’ve been looking for time to teach your dog a new trick, this is the perfect day! Check out this article with videos for reference about how to conquer the doggie handshake, roll-over, hug, and more.

However you choose to celebrate National Dog Day, be sure to check with your veterinarian that you are up to date on treatments and check-ups for heart worms, fleas, and ticks. Many vets recommend a monthly preventative medication to be administered to pets year-round, not just the months they spend more time outside. Another preventative step you can take is calling your local Mosquito Joe. Our barrier spray services eliminate mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks from your yard, giving you an added layer of defense against these dangerous pests. If you or someone you know is in need of mosquito control services, contact your local Joe and get a free quote today!

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Holiday Traditions from Mosquito Joe

In the spirit of Christmas, we’ve all been talking about our plans for the holidays around the office and all the things we’re excited to do over the next week. Our tradition for the corporate office is to collect toys for Toys for Tots. As you can see from the picture above, we had a great time shopping this year. Toys for Tots, with the assistance of local social welfare agencies, church groups, and other local community agencies, distribute the toys to the less fortunate children of the community and we’re always so thrilled to help with this amazing foundation.

There were a lot of other fun holiday traditions shared over the past couple weeks by our team. Enjoy these stories and pictures from a few members of the staff here at Mosquito Joe.  We hope you enjoy participating in your own traditions around your house this season as well!

Our Director of Marketing Angela Zerda Paules has a toasty holiday tradition!

“Tom Angela Paules with Brother | Tom and Jerry'sand Jerry’s! This is our family’s traditional Christmas drink and one of our biggest traditions of the holidays. When we were kids, once we got past Santa age, we leveraged them to get to open our presents early – on Christmas Eve instead of waiting for Christmas Day (the magic number was 2 for my mom). Both my brother and I continue to make it with our families so it will certainly continue through the generations.”

If you want to incorporate a Tom and Jerry into your traditions this year (or get your mom to let you open presents early!) you’ll need bourbon, rum, powdered sugar, eggs and nutmeg – and you’ll have to contact Angela to convince her to divulge the recipe.

Cookie RecipeDirector of Franchising Jodi Ramoino’s tradition includes sweet memories of family and cookies! (two of our favorite things)

“My Aunt Carol was a fabulous cook and baker.  Growing up, she would have me and my siblings over a couple Saturdays before Christmas and we would bake up a storm.  We would each pick out a cookie recipe (or 2) and we would just bake and bake and bake all day long.  We’d end up with several different types of cookies including Mexican Wedding cakes, “S” Cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and of course cut outs that were frosted and decorated.”

Check out the picture of their favorite recipe. We love the instruction to “cool on wire rack out of Don’s reach.”

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Marketing Assistant Tracey Willmott’s tradition included encounters with the man in the red suit that most kids don’t get the opportunity to have!

“A family friend of ours would dress up and go to all of the kids’ houses a few nights before Christmas unannounced.  He would “somehow” have the letters we sent to the North Pole weeks before, and he would bring us one gift from our list. Then he’d give us ornaments with our names on it and magically disappear into the night.  This is the reason why I believed in Santa until an embarrassingly old age.”

It’s okay Tracey, we still believe, too.

Thanks for the opportunity to make outside fun again in 2015, we can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for us. Whatever your holiday and whatever your traditions, we hope they are both wonderful and that you are surrounded by lots of laughter, family and fun! We wish you a very MoJo Christmas and a swat-free new year!

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