MoJo in the News – Summer Recap

We love helping all of you enjoy your yards, ballparks, and pools, and these past months have been especially exciting for us. We’ve opened locations in ten states and are continuing to experience amazing growth. That means we are helping more and more customers get back outside and enjoy their time instead of dodging insects, while also helping some others find a new career direction as a Mosquito Joe business owner. Our franchisees are doing some great work, and we wanted to share the notoriety they’ve been getting in the press for making a difference in their communities and exuding a passion for swat-free outdoor fun.

  • Robert Rummells of Mosquito Joe of West Richmond was featured in Bloomberg Business Week
  • The Simons from Mosquito Joe of Northwest Arkansas were featured in Arkansas News
  • Jason Bearden of Mosquito Joe of Birmingham was featured on AL.com 
  • Jeff Holmes of Mosquito Joe of the Tri-State Area (KY-OH-WV) made the front page of the Portsmouth Daily News
  • David Burdine of Mosquito Joe of Western Wake, NC shared his unique story in the Holly Springs Sun
  • Mosquito Joe was one of the Top 5 Companies Hiring on Fox News’s Fox and Friends segment

The Mosquito Joe of Chesapeake-Suffolk team was even featured on a segment of WVEC ABC News segment called “Joe’s Job” (fitting name, huh?) where news anchor Joe Flanagan tagged along to find out what it is like to be a Mosquito Joe technician for a day. Have you ever wondered? Well, here’s the segment!

 

These are just a sampling of the articles – over 25 total – that have appeared nationwide over the past five months. We can’t wait to see more newspaper articles from more areas of the country as MoJo continues to expand.  If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Mosquito Joe family and bringing relief from mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, visit our website or give us a call at 1-855-564-6563.

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Keep the Itch Out of Labor Day

Most of us are already thinking about the fast-approaching Labor Day weekend, because for many of us it means an extra day off of work.  We know that Labor Day is a federal holiday (hence the day off) but the down side of Labor Days is that it signifies the end of the summer season (sniff, sniff).  We aren’t one to argue, but just so you know, there are technically still 2 and a half weeks of summer left to enjoy after Labor Day – and in many states, much more than that.

Anyway, what most of us don’t know is that Labor Day is actually a day to celebrate the social and economic contributions of the American worker. If you haven’t noticed, Mosquito Joe loves a reason to celebrate, especially when the celebration falls in a month where the weather is perfect for some outdoor time. So as we’re relaxing in our back yards, sharing meals or summer beverages with neighbors and friends, we will be holding a special place in our hearts for all the hard-working Americans out there. We hope you’ll be enjoying some relaxation and outdoor fun; after all, you earned it.

In the spirit of outdoor fun, we wanted to share a perfect way to bring your neighborhood together for some kid-friendly competition over the holiday weekend. Here is how to setup your very own Backyard Olympics. 

What You Need:

  • Beach towels or blankets
  • Clothesline
  • Bucket
  • Cooler
  • Ice cubes
  • 3 hula hoops
  • Beach ball
  • Garden hose
  • 4 to 6 lawn chairs
  • Several tires or inner tubes
  • Sprinkler

Olympic Events:

1. Inner Tube Hop. Lay inner tubes or tires in a pattern. Larger kids can jump from one to another with one foot; smaller kids should hop with both feet.

2. Hula Hoop Runaround. Arrange 3 hula hoops on the ground to run around.

3. Beach Towel Tent. Hang several beach towels or blankets over a clothesline to make a tent to run through.

4. Ice Cube Toss. Fill a cooler with ice cubes. Place a bucket 5 to 6 feet away. Olympians toss ice cubes from the cooler to the bucket until they get five in the bucket.

5. Beach Ball Balance. Lay a garden hose on the ground in a curvy shape. Contestant balances the beach ball with one hand while straddle-walking the hose.

6. Lawn Chair Crawl. Situate a row of lawn chairs so Olympians can crawl under them.

7. Sprinkler Jump. The final refreshing obstacle: a jump over the water!

No matter how you and your family choose to celebrate Labor Day this year, there is one creature that should not be around to participate in the festivities. No one wants a mosquito buzzing around, so make sure Mosquito Joe is on your to-do list for your September soiree. The great thing about MoJo is that since we are contract free, if you haven’t had a single spray all year it is not too late to start! Call your local Mosquito Joe today to get on the schedule and make sure your yard is the place to be this Labor Day, both for the games and because it is a swat and itch free zone!

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

When you are trying out a new product or service, the natural response is to have questions about how it works, what it does, and different factors that can affect it. That is true for mosquito treatment services and our customers. There are many questions not only new customers ask, but customers who have been sprayed for multiple seasons. We have a Frequently Asked Questions section on our website, but every once in a while it doesn’t hurt to expand on one of those answers and give you more information about our sprays.

A big question we always get, especially after a big storm, is how rain affects the product we use when we treat your yard. Most people reason that rain washes the product away, requiring a re-spray, but actually the opposite is true. As long as your yard has had adequate time to dry and the product has had time to bond to the foliage (usually about 30 minutes) rain should not impact the effectiveness of your service. It is actually the sun that breaks down the product over time, not rain.

Lots of areas in the country are experiencing higher than average rainfall this season, and since rain creates areas of standing water, allowing mosquitoes to hatch, it is completely normal to worry that your service is being interrupted by the drops. The good news is that we are always watching the weather and we make sure if rain is in the forecast we push your scheduled service up a day or back a day. We want to make sure your yard has the allotted dry time to make sure the barrier around your home is set properly. It’s also important to remember that our MoJo guarantee still stands, rain or shine. If the quality of your barrier has been affected by rain, we will return to your yard to ensure you are mosquito free and enjoying your yard.

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Meet A Joe: Jodi Ramoino

**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!**

This week we’d like to introduce you to the newest member of our corporate team, Jodi Ramoino. Jodi started her career in the environmental field with an Environmental Science Degree from SUNY ESF at Syracuse, but then decided to try her hand at franchise sales at Liberty Tax. Ten years later and one of Liberty’s top performers, she is now MoJo’s Director of Franchise Development. Our “Joe-Dee” will tell you one of her favorite things about her job is being able to ask people questions, so we thought we’d reverse the rolls and send a few her way. Welcome to the team, Jodi!

What are the biggest strengths professionally that you bring to the Mosquito Joe team?
I like to work hard and play hard.  I give it all I have professionally so I can go home and feel justified in all the things I like to do personally – dine out, travel, shop, etc.  I’m also pretty resilient, and in sales you have to be!

If you could donate $1 million to any charity, what charity would it be and why?
I would donate the money to cancer research.  Both of my grandmothers died of cancer – one at 51 and one at 67.  Both were far too young and I barely remember either of them.  I wish they could have been around longer for me to get to know them because from what I hear, they were both pretty amazing women.

If you could invite three people to a party, dead or alive, who would they be and why?
Well parties are meant to be fun so I would probably pick Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live), Mindy Kaling (The Office), and Justin Timberlake.  I’m a big comedy fan and all three are pretty hilarious, and JT could sing to us too!

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?
Nature is for humans too.  I love being outside but I abhor insects.  MoJo makes it possible for me to enjoy my backyard again.

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