20

Apr

Julie Green

Playtime is Back: Even for Pets

Posted by Julie Green

April is Heartworm Awareness Month and Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month and if you’re an avid follower of our blog, then you know we’ve been blogging a lot about ticks in recent days and the illness they can cause in humans. If you were an avid follower of bulletin boards and framed pictures in our office, you’d see we’re pet folks here at Mosquito Joe and knowledge is power when it comes to insects causing sickness in our pets.

Heartworm is a serious illness with dogs and cats. So serious that monthly preventative medication is highly recommened from veterinarians to keep our pets healthy. But as you’re checking out and paying for that medication, do you even know how this disease would be transmitted to your pet if not protected? Mosquitoes! The mosquito plays a vital role in the heartworm life cycle. Adult female heartworms living in an infected dog produce microscopic baby worms called microfilaria that circulate in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites and takes meal from an infected animal, it picks up these baby worms, and when the infected mosquito bites another dog or cat, the infective larvae are deposited onto the surface of the animal’s skin and enter the new host through the mosquito’s bite wound. Yet another issue to deal with when it comes to the mosquito.

Ticks and Your Pets

It is no surprise that ticks cause Lyme disease in humans, but it can also cause the disease in dogs too. The symptoms are similar but (as you can imagine) convey themselves differently in pups than in humans. Here is what you can be on the lookout for with Lyme disease in dogs:

    • Stiff walk with an arched back
    • Sensitive to touch
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Fever, lack of appetite, and depression may accompany inflammation of the joints
    • Lymph nodes close to the site of the infecting tick bite may be swollen

There is no central place for reporting cases of Lyme diseases in pets, but we do know that it is a concern for pet owners, so keep reading to get prevention tips for ticks and Lyme disease.

Crying for Fleadom?

We all know that ticks can make us all sick, but most people just think fleas are annoying.  What many people don’t know is that fleas actually carry diseases just like mosquitoes and ticks. Fleas find “hosts” and those hosts are warm blooded animals. Naturally they are usually dogs and cats, but they can also be opossums, rats, and other rodents. According to the ASPCA, since fleas can consume 15 times their own body weight in blood, they can cause anemia and a significant amount of blood loss over time. They can even cause tapeworm!

Prevention and Treatment

If you have pets, veterinarians recommend a monthly flea, tick and heartworm preventative to be given once a month during ALL seasons. Only giving your dog or cat flea treatments during spring and summer is not effective. What your vet might fail to mention is the first step in flea, tick and mosquito prevention is treating your yard. Our mosquito control services also kill and prevent fleas and ticks, so let Mosquito Joe be your first line of defense against these disease carrying pests. Contact us today for a free quote. We have no contracts and no obligations, just mosquito treatment solutions.

Give your pets their yard back this spring/summer!

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09

Apr

Julie Green

More Celebrity Gossip from Social Joe

Posted by Julie Green

This past weekend we were closed on Monday for a long Easter weekend, and I had the rare occasion of being off while my toddler’s daycare was still open. Mom day? Yes please! So off I went to get a pedicure, read gossip magazines and not think about work. Or so I thought…

As I flipped through my first magazine in the pile, I came across an article about Avril Lavigne and how she had been battling a mystery illness. It didn’t really catch my attention (unlike that song Complicated, THAT will get stuck in your head) until I saw what the mystery illness was a few paragraphs in. Lavgine revealed she had been battling Lyme disease. I couldn’t believe it. When I blogged about Real Housewife of Bevery Hills Yolanda Foster, I thought my days of celebrity blogging were over. But here I was reading yet another article about a notable person who has battled a vector borne diease. Lavigne admitted there were months that went by with misdiagnoses and fighting to get the correct testing done, and after five months is on the road to recovery. That got me thinking about all the people whose names aren’t up in lights that are battling this debilitating disease.

Turns out, that’s a whole lot of people, probably more than we’ll ever know. Of all the cases reported, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention tells us this is probably only 10% of actual contracted cases. Lyme disease is transmitted by the deer tick and the early stage of Lyme disease can include symptoms such as chills and fever, headache, fatigue, stiff neck, muscle and/or joint pain. If Lyme disease is unrecognized or untreated in the early stage, more severe symptoms may occur. As the disease progresses, severe fatigue, a stiff aching neck, and tingling or numbness in the arms and legs, or facial paralysis can occur. The most severe symptoms of Lyme disease may not appear until weeks, months or years after the tick bite. These can include severe headaches, painful arthritis, swelling of the joints, and heart and central nervous system problems.

I feel like this season has already held quite a few blogs about vector borne disease so it seems like the problem is getting much worse, but again, it is our awareness that’s growing. While I’m not one to celebrate celebrity gossip, I am grateful for those that are coming forward to talk about their health journey and advocate for vaccines and cures.

Tick season is here folks, so if you’re someone who spends a great deal of time or works outdoors, it is important to keep yourself covered. If you have questions about tick control for your yard for the 2015 season,  just give us a call.

Photo Credit: People Magazine

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27

Mar

Julie Green

Celebrating National Joe Day

Posted by Julie Green

Today is National Joe Day, which in our humble opinion should really be considered a national holiday. In honor of this special day we are celebrating all things Joe, and all our Joes across the country. Because of the amazing growth we’ve experienced over the past couple years, there are a lot of Joes now, working hard to make outside fun again (in 23 states!).

Whether your name is Joe, you’re an aspiring Joe, you know one of our Joes, or you are simply smart enough to rhyme something with Joe, we want you to be celebrating this special day along with us.  Without further ado, here are some fun ways you can celebrate National Joe Day too:

Watch these movies with Joe in the Title. 

1. Joe vs. the Volcano (classic Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan)
2. Joe Dirt
3. G.I. Joe

Listen to these songs with Joe in the title, and sing along!

1. Hey Joe – Jimmy Hendrix
2. Walkaway Joe – Trisha Yearwood
3.  Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex (try not to dance, just try.)

And our three favorite ways to celebrate National Joe Day?

1. Call your local Mosquito Joe and sign up for service.
2.  Email your local Mosquito Joe and sign up for service.
3. Umm, you get it.

Give us a call or shoot us an email for a free quote to make sure you’re on the schedule and on your way to a mosquito-free summer.  We are looking forward to warm weather, sunshine, and getting those MoJo vans back out in your neighborhood, if they aren’t already there. Happy National Joe Day from Mosquito Joe!

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20

Mar

Julie Green

Springing into Action

Posted by Julie Green

While everyone here at Mosquito Joe loves our job, who doesn’t love a good Friday, right? The weekend is ahead of you and whether you’ve got plans to be productive or the plan is to have no plans, the weekend is a beautiful thing. But today is a very special and important Friday around here. Why? IT IS THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING! WE MADE IT!

We know, we know. The first day of spring doesn’t mean we magically wake up to sunny and warm temperatures, but it does mean we aren’t far from it and we are pretty excited about that. Over the past year Mosquito Joe has experienced some phenomenal growth and we are now making outside fun again in 23 states. So, we’ve become very familiar with weather patterns in a lot of the country and some of you are still battling the cooler temps. But, we’re here to remind you there is light at the end of the tunnel and wish you a happy first day of spring.

Light at the end of the tunnel also means there could be swatting as well. Remember these tips: mosquitoes breed in standing water so regularly empty ponds, bird baths, fountains, plant pots, buckets, barrels, tarps, kid toys, pet water dishes or anywhere else that water may gather.

  • Clean out gutters and examine them for damage that would cause water to collect.
  • Drill holes in tire swings, trash cans or recycle bins so water drains out.
  • Keep swimming pools clean, properly circulated and filtered. Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren’t being used.
  • Cut grass and shrubs short, as adult mosquitoes gather to rest in shady, cool areas. Keep your yard weed-free and avoid overgrown vegetation.

And of course, spring means our mosquito control service season is either here or coming soon (depending on where you live).  Mosquito Joe takes our job of keeping your yard safe and itch-free seriously so give us a call to make sure you are on the schedule. To our new friends who are checking out our blog today to see what we do, give us a call for a free quote – 855-275-2563. We have a lot of  new locations opening up this year, so check and see if MoJo is in your neighborhood yet. Happy Spring!

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04

Mar

Julie Green

California Drought Could Cause Higher Cases of West Nile

Posted by Julie Green

Last week in California, public officials warned that the drought that has 93% of the state in “severe drought” status could cause higher cases of West Nile in the state this year. That may sound odd since mosquitoes depend on water to breed and thrive, but it’s actually birds that could contribute to the increase of the virus this year. That comes on the heels of preliminary numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January that showed California was still the leader (and by quite a bit) of West Nile cases with 538.

In parts of Southern California, mosquitoes haven’t gone into hibernation. The state has been stuck in a persistent drought, which has tricked mosquitoes into thinking it’s still summer and there’s been no rain fall to flush them out of storm drains, so you’ve got a lot of mosquitoes.  Since they’re breeding at high rates, the trap counts are showing mosquito counts at where they would typically be in June or July.

An estimated 70 to 80 percent of people who contract the West Nile virus show no symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About one in five people who are infected will develop a rash, plus other symptoms like headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting or rash. Less than 1 percent of people infected with the virus will develop a serious neurologic illness, like encephalitis or meningitis, according to the CDC.

If you’re in California, there are some easy precautions you can start taking to make sure you lessen the risk of mosquitoes breeding in your yard.

  • Mosquitos breed in standing water so regularly empty ponds, bird baths, fountains, plant pots, buckets, barrels, tarps, kid toys, pet water dishes or anywhere else that water may gather.
  • Clean out gutters and examine them for damage that would cause water to collect.
  • Drill holes in tire swings, trash cans or recycle bins so water drains out.
  • Keep swimming pools clean, properly circulated and filtered. Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren’t being used.
  • Cut grass and shrubs short, as adult mosquitoes gather to rest in shady, cool areas. Keep your yard weed-free and avoid overgrown vegetation.

And if you’re interested in the Mosquito Joe opportunity, we’d love to hear from you. You could be the neighborhood hero keeping Californians enjoying that perfect weather and staying safe and itch free.

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