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Posted by Julie Green
If you have been paying attention to the news lately you have likely seen articles about Chikungunya virus. You’re probably wondering two things: 1) how to pronounce that word (Here’s a little help: chik-en-gun-ye), and 2) what it is.
Chikungunya is a new virus that is spread by…(you guessed it)…the mosquito. Until late 2013 the virus was only found in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Then it made its way to the Caribbean, where travelers began bringing it back to the United States. Confirmed cases had been reported in 30 states as of July 8, which is why it’s been hitting headlines over the past several weeks. Currently the virus is not actually being transmitted in the U.S., but the experts warn that these imported cases could result in local spread of the virus in the future.
The Centers for Disease Control Prevention assures us that Chikungunya is not lethal like West Nile, but it is something we would of course like to avoid. The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.
If you are traveling to a country where Chikungunya is transmitted by mosquitoes, take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Wear long sleeves and avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active (dusk and dawn). If you’re interested in avoiding mosquitoes here at home, our barrier treatment sprays are a great way to keep your yard itch free. As always Mosquito Joe will keep you updated on all new information when it comes to Chikungunya, and good luck with that pronunciation.
Posted by Julie Green
As you’re making that to-do list for your Fourth of July festivities (8 days, but who is counting?) we have one you need to move to the top! Sure you need groceries, sunscreen, and maybe even some decorations, but have you called MoJo? Make sure you call your local Mosquito Joe this week to make sure you’re on the schedule for a barrier spray treatment before the big holiday. We’re pretty sure mosquitoes aren’t on your guest list, so we can help you make sure they don’t show up. Schedules are filling up quickly so call now!
And speaking of groceries and July 4th we’ve got the perfect side dish to go with your burgers and brats. Since you’ve got that grill fired up, make some room for some Jalapeno-Lime Corn.
- 8 ears fresh corn, husks removed
- Vegetable cooking spray
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
- 1 small garlic clove, pressed
- 1 tablespoon lime zest
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
- Garnish: lime zest
- 1. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Coat corn lightly with cooking spray. Sprinkle with desired amount of salt and pepper. Grill corn, covered with grill lid, 15 minutes or until golden brown, turning occasionally.
- 2. Meanwhile, stir together butter and next 5 ingredients. Remove corn from grill, and cut into thirds. Serve corn with butter mixture.
Now that you’re writing that down, give us a call. Mosquitoes aren’t on your guest list, and Mosquito Joe will make sure they don’t party crash.
Posted by Julie Green
Each year the third week of June is declared National Mosquito Control Awareness Week by the American Mosquito Control Association. AMCA’s “Mosquito Week” aims to educate the public about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and why mosquito control is so important. While Mosquito Joe thinks educating our neighbors on mosquito control is important year round, we’re excited to mark this important week each year by giving back to our community.
This year for Mosquito Control Awareness Week, June 22-28, Mosquito Joe locations across the country are partnering with local blood donation centers for our Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign. For every new customer that signs up for a mosquito treatment service from Mosquito Joe during Mosquito Control Awareness week, we will donate 10% of those sales to local blood donation centers to help with all the amazing work they do in the communities in which we operate.
In honor of Mosquito Control Awareness Week we want to give you a few ways you can help make sure mosquitoes don’t call your yard home. Mosquitoes breed in standing water (even very small amounts) so these tips are quick ways you can eliminate breeding grounds for the annoying buzzers!
- Regularly empty ponds, bird baths, fountains, plant pots, buckets, barrels, tarps, kids toys, pet water dishes or anywhere else that water may gather.
- Clean out gutters to avoid standing water – examine them for clots and damage that would cause water to collect.
- Drill holes in tire swings, trash cans or recycle bins so water drains out.
- Use soil to fill in low areas in lawns and landscaped areas where rainwater may collect and stand for more than seven days.
- Keep swimming pools clean, properly circulated and filtered. Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren’t being used.
- Repair leaky outdoor faucets.
- Cut grass and shrubs short, as adult mosquitoes gather to rest in shady, cool areas. Keep your yard weed-free and avoid overgrown vegetation.
If you know of any friends or family that would be interested in signing up for service or if you have been on the fence yourself about signing up for service, this is the perfect opportunity to help us raise money and Beat the Bloodsuckers! We love making outside fun and safe for you and your family. Thank you for your continued support of Mosquito Joe.
Posted by Julie Green
Our office is buzzing with so many things going on as we’re getting into the heat of mosquito season, but we wanted to take a minute and tell you about an awesome event you can attend to learn about your potential future in franchising – and how you can become a hero in your community through Mosquito Joe. Next week we are headed to New York City to share the Mosquito Joe opportunity at the largest franchise event in the country – the International Franchise Expo!
We can’t wait to join hundreds of other franchise companies at the event, where we’ll be telling attendees all about why Mosquito Joe could be the best decision you make in 2014. Here’s a quick recap of all the information you need:
Mosquito Joe gives you a great franchise opportunity in a fast-growing industry, providing a service that benefits your community and makes you feel good about your business. Owning a Mosquito Joe franchise provides the independence of running your own business with a strong foundation of guidance and support from an established corporate office. Our leadership includes over 80 years combined in franchise knowledge, marketing and operations support, and a team that is always by your side.
For more information, be sure to stop by Booth #845 at the Expo. If you just can’t wait, visit our website or contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. We can even get you free admission to the event. We look forward to meeting you!
When: June 19-21, 2014
Where: The Javits Center
11th Avenue and 36th Street
New York, NY 10001
Event website: www.ifeinfo.com