Mosquito Authority Joins VetFran

At Mosquito Authority, we pride ourselves on having a strong and continually growing franchise community. Many of our franchisees join Mosquito Authority with diverse backgrounds and a story to tell.

As a company that embraces the wide variety of experiences our franchisees bring to the table, we are proud to have several franchise owners who are also military veterans. That being said, Mosquito Authority is now a part of VetFran, a strategic initiative of the International Franchise Association and IFA Foundation dedicated to fostering relationships between franchisors and veterans.

VetFran has two main goals:

  1. To highlight the match between the unique skillset of entrepreneurial veterans and the demands and opportunities of franchisees

Veterans have proven to be exceptional franchise owners due to leadership and teamwork skills developed while serving in the military. According to VetFran, franchisors in the last year have said 97% of their veteran franchisees are excellent franchise owners. 

  1. The second part of VetFran’s mission is to facilitate the transition of veterans into franchising by encouraging franchisors to offer incentives and discounts to veterans looking to become entrepreneurs

Encouraging veterans to enter the world of franchising benefits both veterans and franchisors. VetFran helps connect franchisors with aspiring entrepreneurs who have developed skills like dedication, perseverance, and discipline from their time in the military. In the last year, franchisors across the country have increased their veteran recruiting by 65%

Franchising is an extremely fast-growing industry, with new opportunities for business owners and new entrepreneurs growing rapidly. Because the skills and values veterans possess align with the desired qualities of successful franchisees, VetFran is committed to creating more franchising job opportunities for veterans. According to VetFran, 14% of franchisees in the United States are veterans. To put that into perspective, veterans only make up about 7% of the country’s population. 

“Our mission and passion in VetFran is to continue to grow these numbers, and continue to connect talented and patriotic veterans with so much to offer with franchise business ownership opportunities.”

Here are some of the ways VetFran encourages relationships between franchisors and veterans:

  • To join VetFran, franchisors must offer a discount of at least 10% off on the initial franchise fee for veterans.
  •  VetFran encourages franchisors to offer additional incentives to the initial discount on franchise fees
  • VetFran is dedicated to telling the stories of veteran franchises and helping entrepreneurial veterans succeed 

VetFran has been committed to increasing job creation and opportunities for veterans through franchising since 1991. 

Like VetFran, we want to encourage veterans to become part of our franchise community because we believe they bring valuable skills and attributes to the Mosquito Authority family. Mosquito Authority is a 3 Star Franchisor Member of VetFran, which means we are fully committed to recruiting veterans.


Want to hear from veteran Mike Jeffrey about his experience as a Mosquito Authority franchise owner? Check out what he has to say in this Franchise Time article.

Mosquito-Borne Illness: Eastern Equine Encephalitis

As one of the deadliest animals in the world, mosquitoes transmit a number of harmful, and often fatal, diseases. The most well known of these diseases include malaria, Zika virus, and West Nile virus.

In our last Mosquito-borne Illness Spotlight, we focused on malaria, a mosquito-borne illness that causes hundreds of thousands of deaths per year. In addition to these illnesses, mosquitoes are also responsible for transmitting a disease known as Eastern Equine Encephalitis. 

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is one of the lesser-known diseases spread by mosquitoes. However, it can be quite serious, often leading to devastating effects. At Mosquito Authority, we make it a priority to educate our customers on not only how to practice mosquito control but also the negative and potentially harmful effects mosquitoes can have.

Here is some basic information about Eastern Equine Encephalitis and steps to prevent mosquito bites in and around your home:

Where does Eastern Equine Encephalitis most often occur?

Mosquitoes can be found all over the world, although only certain species are responsible for EEE. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most cases of EEE in the United States occurred in Massachusetts, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, New York, and North Carolina from 2010-2019. 

What is Eastern Equine Encephalitis?

Eastern Equine Encephalitis is transmitted by mosquitoes of the Aedes, Coquillettidia, and Culex species. Although it is extremely rare, EEE can have very serious symptoms. Symptoms of EEE can range from fever and joint pain to encephalitis (swelling of the brain) and meningitis (swelling of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord). According to the CDC, about a third of EEE cases are fatal, while many survivors end up with mild to severe brain damage. 

How is Eastern Equine Encephalitis transmitted?

EEE is transmitted to humans or animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. Similar to malaria, EEE cannot be directly transmitted from person to person. According to the CDC, “Transmission [of EEE] to humans requires mosquito species capable of creating a “bridge” between infected birds and uninfected mammals such as some Aedes, Coquillettidia, and Culex species…”

What precautions can be taken to help prevent mosquito bites around the home?

Taking the proper precautions when it comes to mosquito-proofing your yard and home is critical to mosquito control. Here are some ways you can help lower the risk of getting bitten by mosquitoes in your own outdoor space:

  • To reduce your children’s risk of mosquito bites, dress them in clothing that covers their arms and legs.
  • Always apply sunscreen before applying mosquito repellent.
  • Always be sure to use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent and read the label and instructions thoroughly.
  • Empty any items in your yard that can hold water such as flower pots, tire swings, birdbaths, and children’s toys.
  • Keep patio or outside doors closed when possible to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Hire a professional mosquito control company

Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance, but they are also vectors for dangerous diseases. While DIY mosquito control is important, the best way to reduce your risk of mosquito bites and mosquito-borne illness at home is to hire a professional mosquito control company. At Mosquito Authority, our priority is ensuring your safety from mosquitoes and the diseases they carry.


To find your local mosquito control company, click here.

Franchise Owner Gives Back

We are excited to share that Franchising.com recently picked up our story on Anthony Duncan and how he is using his position as a franchise owner to give back to his community. 

While we are proud to offer the best mosquito and tick control services at Mosquito Authority, we also take pride in seeing how our franchise owners contribute to and care about their communities. In addition to providing their customers with excellent service, our franchisees often think of unique ways to help those around them. 

2020 was a year when helping others and giving back played a large role in many of our lives. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, small businesses that managed to survive the economic downturn had the opportunity to give back to their customers and communities in a variety of ways. Small businesses can have a big impact when they go the extra mile for customers, and that is exactly what was needed during this past year.

Now, as we begin 2021 facing some of the same struggles, small business owners continue to prove an asset to their communities. Anthony Duncan, one of our long-time Mosquito Authority franchisees, is one of those small business owners doing what he can to contribute to his community.

After looking at his business plan for 2021, Anthony decided to do something for all of the healthcare workers who have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic since its beginning in 2020. Anthony will seek to provide 100 free treatments per month to front-line COVID-19 medical workers as a way to help those who are seeing the worst of the pandemic.

This initiative is even more impactful considering the need to stay home and social distance during this time. “I want to contribute in any way possible,” Anthony says. “With mosquito control, we’re helping people enjoy their outdoor living spaces at a time when many are mainly staying home because of Covid restrictions or for their own safety.”

 
We are so proud to have Anthony and his team as part of our franchise community and love hearing how much our franchise owners truly care about their communities. To read the whole story of what Anthony is doing to help those in his community, read the full article on Franchising.com.

4 Things Mosquitoes Love

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, and we hope you are finding ways to spend time with your loved ones this year. With this in mind, we are highlighting some things that mosquitoes love. Read on to learn some of these insects’ favorite things (and how to avoid being one of them!):

Standing water

Standing water is at the top of the list for a big reason: this is where mosquitoes breed and lay their eggs. In fact, mosquitoes only need about ¼ inches of water to lay their eggs in. So, how do you avoid an army of mosquitoes in your backyard? Be sure to get rid of any standing water from items such as toys, tire swings, planters, trash can lids, kids’ pools, and more. If you have birdbaths in your yard, change out the water once a week.

Type O Blood

Have you ever heard someone complain that they are particularly attractive to mosquitoes? Well, it turns out they may be right. According to the results of a study conducted by the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH), mosquitoes are more attracted to people with Type O blood than any other type. The study also showed mosquitoes were attracted to Type A blood less than Type O, but more than other blood types. 

While there isn’t anything you can do about your blood type, there are extra precautions you can take, such as making sure to wear insect repellent, to avoid becoming a mosquito’s next meal.

Dark Clothing

Style matters– at least when it comes to avoiding mosquito bites. Mosquitoes rely on their smell and sight to find hosts, and dark colors stand out to them. So, people dressed in dark colors such as black, navy, or red tend to attract a lot of mosquitoes when they are outside. To make yourself a bit less attractive to these pests, try to wear light-colored clothing when you are active outdoors.

In addition to wearing light-colored clothing, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when you are outside for a long period of time can help reduce your chance of getting bitten by mosquitoes. The less exposed skin you have, the less room for mosquitoes to bite.

Sweat

It might sound unpleasant, but mosquitoes are very likely to bite someone if he or she is sweating. According to the NIH, mosquitoes are highly attracted to the scent of human sweat because it contains lactic acid. If you are working or playing outside, particularly on a hot day, make sure to apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus to prevent mosquito bites.

Now that you know a little bit about what mosquitoes love, you can better protect yourself and your family by practicing proper at-home mosquito control. By getting rid of standing water, consistently applying mosquito repellent, and avoiding dark clothing, you can reduce your chances of being bitten by mosquitoes.

While DIY mosquito control is good, the best way to prevent mosquito bites around your home and outdoor space is to hire a local mosquito control company. At Mosquito Authority, we guarantee you will have a mosquito-free home and you won’t be bothered by these pests in between treatments.


To find your local mosquito control company, click here.

The Science Behind Mosquito Bites

Ever wondered what happens when a mosquito bites you? Why the bite itches? How to treat the bite?

Everyone knows mosquitoes are a nuisance, but not everyone knows how these creatures work. Despite their small size, mosquitoes can cause a lot of harm– not to mention they are the deadliest animals in the world

Knowing the science behind mosquitoes and their bites is important for us as mosquito control professionals. We also believe it is important to educate our customers on these things in order to practice thorough mosquito control. So, here are some things you might not have known about mosquitoes, their infamous bites, and how to treat them:

Why do mosquitoes bite?

The short answer is, mosquitoes bite to survive. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, female mosquitoes need a blood meal to lay their eggs. In order to get that blood meal, they must feed on humans and/or animals. Because blood meals are only needed to lay eggs, male mosquitoes do not bite people and typically feed off of flower nectar and fruit juices.

What happens when a mosquito bites you?

Mosquitoes have a mouthpart on their heads called a proboscis. Female mosquitoes use their proboscis to pierce the skin of their host and suck its blood. Since male mosquitoes do not need to feed on blood, their proboscis is not strong enough to pierce the skin of a human or animal.

Why do mosquito bites itch?

Mosquitoes are known for leaving a nasty bite when they are done feeding on a host. But what makes a mosquito bite itch? It’s actually very simple: when a mosquito bites a person (or animal), it injects a little bit of saliva into the host. The itchiness that follows is a result of your body reacting to the mosquito’s saliva. 

How do you treat a mosquito bite?

There are a few different ways you can treat a mosquito bite. The CDC recommends the following:

  • Washing the bite with soap and water
  • Applying an ice pack for 10 minutes to reduce swelling and itchiness
  • Applying a mixture of baking soda and water

How can you prevent mosquito bites?

While knowing how to properly treat mosquito bites is important, learning how to prevent mosquito bites is even more crucial. The purpose of mosquito control is to protect you and your family from mosquitoes and the diseases they carry, which means putting an end to mosquito bites. Here are some ways you can prevent mosquito bites around your home and outdoor space:

  • Get rid of any standing water in your yard. Standing water tends to collect in items like trash can lids, tire swings, and children’s toys.
  • Wear insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus when you are outside.
  • Minimize your outdoor activity during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are typically most active. 
  • Hire a local mosquito control company

Hiring a local mosquito control company is the best way to ensure mosquitoes stay away from your property. At Mosquito Authority, we use proven treatments to make sure you have a mosquito-free yard. 
Find your local mosquito control company here.