Making the Most of Your Spray

It’s pretty common knowledge that mosquitoes like warm weather and water, so it is easy to think of their habitats being restricted to the southern and coastal regions. However, those living in other mosquito-prone areas know that this is not the case. Mosquitoes don’t limit themselves to recognized havens for skeeters, like Texas or Florida. They also show up every year in places like snowy Michigan, the fields of Oklahoma, and even the deserts of Arizona. No matter where you live, mosquito control is important.

The best solution for keeping mosquitoes out of your yard is to call in an expert, like Mosquito Joe, who specializes in mosquito elimination services. But if you’re not ready to make that move just yet, we want to arm you with some key tips to make sure you aren’t hosting places mosquitoes love to hang out in your yard. Whether you’re looking to get the most out of a mosquito treatment program you’re already on or you’re just starting your mosquito combat education, these tips will help you battle the blood-thirsty pests flying around your yard:

  • Mosquitos breed in standing water, so 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.

Be sure to check our website often as new Mosquito Joe locations are popping up all over the country! And if we haven’t made it to your area yet, why not be the MoJo (and hero) of your neighborhood? Franchises are available nationwide.

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Meet a Joe: Meet Mosquito Joe of Macon

**Occasionally we like to provide a blog post that will help you get to know Joe. From our technicians to our corporate staff to our hardworking franchisees – we think our company is full of people you ought to know!**

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Cookman, a Georgia native, huge Bulldogs fan and new Mosquito Joe franchisee in Macon, GA.

Meet Chris Cookman of Mosquito Joe of Macon, GA
Chris found Mosquito Joe when he was hunting for a business that he and his family could grow together. He was actually looking into the home inspection business when he stumbled upon Mosquito Joe. Intrigued by the brand mission and identity, Chris dug deeper. Considering the local area’s need for mosquito control services, Chris liked the idea of providing a service that could contribute to better health and outdoor enjoyment in the community.

Family Man and Navy Veteran

Chris served in the Navy from 1990-1994 as an F18 plane captain before taking a job at Freudenberg, a German textile company based out of Macon, GA. He is familiar with working hard and finished his college degree while working full-time and simultaneously raising a family.

Mosquito Joe of Macon, GA
Crislynn Cookman, office manager for Mosquito Joe of Macon

While new to the pest control industry, Chris wanted to create a legacy business for his three children: his daughter, age 20 and two boys, ages 14 and 12. His daughter, Crislynn, will be serving as the office manager whilst studying to become a special education teacher. His youngest son is autistic and Chris wanted him to have a future he could be proud of. With his new business, Mosquito Joe of Macon, Chris is now able to offer him job security and the opportunity to rise to the challenge and succeed in life. Chris’s wife will be also involved in the operation as well as the entire family works together to serve their community and grow their business.

“There is a need for my services as there are inquiries all the time,” says Chris, “It provides for better health in the community. I want to be involved in the baseball park and sponsor the sports teams in town. I also want to get involved with the fire and police department.”

This is the first Mosquito Joe location in Georgia and Cookman’s ultimate goal is to take over the entire state of Georgia. We’re so excited for Chris and the entire Cookman family and look forward to watching them grow in the Mosquito Joe family! If you’re interested in mosquito control services in the Macon, GA area to rid your yard of pesky mosquitoes, ticks and fleas, visit the Mosquito Joe of Macon website or call their office at 804-845-2046 for more information or a free quote.

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Are Mosquitoes on Your Guest List?

Memorial Day weekend is a cause for both celebration and remembrance. As we all fire up our grills, uncover our pools, and dust off those beach chairs to welcome the unofficial start to summer, it is also a time to remember those that gave their lives so that we could enjoy these freedoms. Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.

Here are a few ways you can celebrate the patriotism of the day:

  • Have a picnic with family and friends and talk about what Memorial Day means to you.
  • Venture to a parade or memorial service locally. For a listing of services by state, click here.
  • Participate in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time to pause and think about the true meaning of the day.
  • Throw an informal barbecue with all the fixings. Have guests don patriotic gear and fly the American flag.

Whatever you do, remember that mosquitoes don’t have to be on your guest list as you and your family and friends celebrate Memorial Day. Let Mosquito Joe ensure your Memorial Day celebrations are itch-free. Give us a call today and set up your special event barrier spray treatment before it is too late! Use us one time, or continue with us all summer – with no contracts required and a 100% satisfaction guarantee, the choice is yours!

We wish everyone a fabulous holiday weekend as we honor and remember all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

Photo from http://tastykitchen.com

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Win a free mosquito treatment!

Can you imagine entertaining, playing and spending leisure time in a mosquito-free yard? No medicinal candles, no sticky sprays, no slapping necessary.  You take your dinner out to the patio and enjoy it…without a net over the plate.

Sound like a dream? Well, it doesn’t have to be. This could be your summer with the help of Mosquito Joe’s barrier spray treatments to protect your yard. And now, thanks to our Be Your Block Hero Contest sweepstakes you can win a free treatment. Better yet, when you win, your neighbors do too! That’s right, win the contest and Mosquito Joe will give you AND your neighbors a free barrier spray treatment. Entering to win is easy and remember, the more of your neighbors that enter, the better your chance to win as well so make it a true block-bonding effort and you could Be Your Block Hero with Mosquito Joe!

Click here to enter and for full contest details.

Enter Now!

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Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May is here, and within this spring month we get Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day – so many fun occasions that we are all excited to celebrate. But, did you know May is also Lyme Disease Awareness month? It may not make you as excited as a Memorial Day cook-out, or a lovely brunch with your mom, but it is something you should be cognizant of, especially if you live in a state where Lyme disease is prevalent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector borne illness (or disease transmitted to humans by ticks, mosquitoes or fleas) in the United States, with 24,364 confirmed cases reported in 2011. You may have read our blog post about ticks in February, giving you helpful information on ticks and how to keep them out of your yard, and how to remove one but what is Lyme disease? How do you know if you have it?

If you have a tick bite and live in an area where it occurs, you should seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Red, expanding rash
  • Fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes
  • “Bull’s Eye Rash” – occurs in approximately 70-80% of infected persons and begins at the site of a tick bite after 3-30 days (average is about 7 days). The rash gradually expands over a period of several days and can reach up to 12 inches across. Parts of the rash may clear as it enlarges, resulting in a “bull’s-eye” appearance. Rash usually feels warm to the touch but is rarely itchy or painful.

When Mosquito Joe of Howard County’s Kurt Godwin in Maryland made the decision to open a Mosquito Joe, he had a very personal reason to do so. “My son had Lyme disease twice. Both times were frightening, and we didn’t know as much about the disease back then. Each time he developed the bulls-eye rash, and that was scary all by itself as it was a confirmation that he had been infected.  His symptoms were very similar to what most people get; he had fevers, aches, chills, and headaches. On both occasions, we were fortunate enough to catch it early and get medical treatment. Anything one can do to avoid the risk of Lyme disease is well worth the effort and cost.” Kurt is hoping to help others keep their families protected from Lyme Disease and other vector borne illness through his Mosquito Joe services which conveniently launch this month.

As we all make our plans this spring for warm weather, it is important to remember that mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks are not just annoying – they can pose serious health risks. The CDC has recommendations for how to avoid ticks in your yard, but MoJo can help you stop the problem before it starts. Celebrate Lyme Disease Awareness month by calling and setting up a barrier spray to make sure ticks (and other biting insects!) don’t call your yard home.

Photo from http://www.webmd.com

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