Halloween Costume Ideas from Mosquito Joe

Hopefully you are done with costume making, candy purchasing and ghost prepping because today is Halloween! The Celts used the day to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, and also believed that this transition between the seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead (eek!).

Thankfully, over the years Halloween transitioned from a somber pagan ritual to a day of silly costumes and sweet treats for kids, but it can still be the bridge to cooler temperatures. Until the weather stays consistently below fifty five degrees there is still mosquito activity, so you may have more than goblins and witches to watch for this weekend. Give your local Mosquito Joe a call and make sure all of your Halloween festivities in the yard this weekend are itch free.

To give you a little bit of entertainment (and maybe some ideas if you’re a last minute shopper/maker!) here are are some pictures of our staff in Halloween costumes! See if you can take figure out who is behind the masks and costumes! Leave your guesses in the comments below. Whatever you do this evening, stay safe and enjoy the tricks and treats! Happy Halloween!

 

cowgirlTracey

Julie Jake Halloween 2

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Preparing for Winter Pests

Whether we want to think about it or not, winter is on its way.  Although many of our southern Mosquito Joe franchises in states like Texas and Florida will keep battling the bloodsuckers for weeks to come, the rest of us will soon be spending a lot more time indoors.  We already told you about mosquito control in the winter, but when the mosquitoes stop buzzing, other winter pests aren’t far behind – and we want you to be prepared for those as well.

Some bugs and rodents are still very active in the winter, using your home as shelter from the elements.  They can carry potentially dangerous diseases such as salmonella and rabies while also doing damage to walls, wiring, and storage spaces.  Before the cold and snow make house work unbearable, use these tips from the National Pest Management Association to check for and protect yourself against some of a home’s most unwelcome visitors.

Rodents and Raccoons

Rodents can find their way inside your home through holes as small as a dime.  Once inside, they may chew through drywall, electrical wiring, and food containers, causing serious damage and headaches for homeowners.

  1. Seal small holes in the wall with caulk and steel wool and larger holes with steel mesh.
  2. Keep storage containers and clutter off the floor as rodents use these areas to nest.
  3. Eliminate sources of moisture inside and outside the home that may be attractive nesting areas, e.g. puddles, pipes, and duct work.
  4. Keep trash cans in a sealed area if possible or use animal-proof lids to prevent tampering.

Ants and Cockroaches

Bugs like these are normally attracted to dark, damp spaces, especially those with human food.  To decrease your chances of a winter infestation, try the following:

  1. Clean food preparation and eating areas regularly, wiping up all crumbs and food residue.
  2. Keep food in airtight containers.
  3. Empty garbage regularly, storing garbage cans away from exterior walls.
  4. Store firewood away from exterior walls and up off the ground.

No one wants to spend the holidays repairing damaged wiring or drywall.  Taking precautions now and keeping an eye out for warning signs such as droppings or scurrying sounds, can save you money and plenty of headaches down the road.  And if you’re lucky enough to still be feeling the summertime heat, your mosquito season may be far from over.  Don’t let a little chill fool you into thinking mosquitoes are done for the year.  Check out our blog article on the importance of the last spray of the season, and contact your local Mosquito Joe for more information.

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Like A (Super Cool) Boss

In a nationwide survey by 1-800-Flowers.com, 1,000 adults ranked movie bosses on the silver screen. They ranked Willy Wonka as the boss they’d most like to have with Santa Claus from Elf and Tony Stark from Iron Man were a close second and third. We were surprised that there wasn’t anyone from the leadership team at Mosquito Joe, though? Strange.

Today is National Boss’s Day and we couldn’t let that go by without high fiving our leadership team. Okay, fine. We wanted cookie cake too, BUT these faces are the ones leading our company and making big things happen. Mosquito Joe wrapped up the third quarter with a 100 percent increase from 2014, more than doubling their size from a year ago to 95 unique franchisees open with over 210 territories sold. Pretty amazing, huh? CEO Kevin Wilson, Director of Finance Michael Hull, Director of Marketing Angela Zerda Paules, COO Brian Garrison, and Director of Local Operations Denise Morris lead the charge around our office and keep all of us on our toes. It also helps that they love cookie cake as much as we do. How did you celebrate your boss today? However you said thanks for great leadership, we hope it was a great day. Enjoy your weekend and stay tuned for next week’s blog post on what pests you should look out for this winter. Happy Friday!

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Happy National Pet Wellness Month from Mosquito Joe!

Here at Mosquito Joe, we love any excuse to celebrate our four-legged friends, which is why we are excited that October is National Pet Wellness Month!  Since the oppressive summer heat looks like it has finally said goodbye in many parts of the country and fall weather is making it’s way in, many of you may be spending more time outside with your pets before winter hits.  Before the craziness of the holiday season sets in, this month would be a great time to take your pet for a checkup to rule out the presence of heartworm, fleas and ticks and begin preventative treatment. Keep an eye out for these symptoms as warning signs to get to the vet:

Heartworm is a parasitic worm that travels through the bloodstream, damaging arteries and organs before it settles in the lungs and heart.  This journey can take up to six months, with heartworms known to survive for up to seven years inside an animal!  And as if we don’t hate them enough already, mosquitoes are to blame, transmitting heartworm larvae into the bloodstream of unsuspecting pets at a microscopic level.   Animals are usually screened for heartworm at their annual vet visits, but pet owners should be aware of symptoms such as labored breathing, vomiting, general fatigue, and weight loss in the meantime.  This condition can be damaging and even fatal to pets, and you can read more about it on the national ASPCA website.

Fleas…much more than an annoyance, these pests can carry serious diseases to spread to your pets and family members.  Living anywhere from 16 days to 21 months, fleas can consume 15 times their body weight in blood, leading to potentially serious blood loss and anemia in pets.  The obvious sign of fleas is excessive scratching or licking of the skin, but owners should also be aware of hair loss, sudden appearance of scabs, pale gums, and “flea dirt” or dark spots on your pets coat.  Fleas can usually be treated with a topical ointment, but regular washing and brushing of your pet, along with pest protection in your yard can go a long way!

Ticks – last but certainly not least, ticks are also parasites that feed on warm blooded animals.  They usually lurk in tall grass or brush, so be sure to check your pets (and yourself!) thoroughly after spending time outside.  The most serious side effect of ticks is Lyme Disease, a bacterial infection leading to potential depression, joint damage, and even organ failure.  Signs of a tick include skin irritation and infection, anemia, and blood loss.  Owners should aim to remove the tick and get to the vet as soon as possible to be screened for Lyme Disease and other side effects.

So, how can you protect your pet from these outdoor dangers?  We always recommend flea and tick preventative because so does your veterinarian. But, Mosquito Joe also has your back!  Our sprays not only take care of mosquitoes, but fleas, ticks, and some flies as well.  The products we use are actually similar to those found in many pet shampoos and medicines, so you don’t have to worry for your furry friends!  Check out these Mosquito Joe FAQs for more product information.  Even though it’s officially fall, these pests are still very active until temperatures stay consistently below 55 degrees.  Getting a Mosquito Joe spray now will allow you to enjoy your outdoor space for a little bit longer while keeping your pets safe from harm.  Contact your local Mosquito Joe office for more information, so we can help you make outside fun again!

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Meet A Joe: Kieran Scott

*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, Kieran Scott. Kieran graduated from Weber State University and is a former Director of Operations with Subway. He managed 12 Subway restaurants and handled buy/sell transactions with other franchisees. Kieran is originally from the U.K. but has called Boston and Salt Lake City home. We’re glad his new address is here in Virginia Beach on the operations team as our newest Franchise Business Coach. He’ll be the first point of contact for franchisees to answers any operational questions they have from accounting to chemicals and so much more!

Here are a few more fun facts we’ve learned about Kieran since joining the team:

What are your favorite outdoor activities?

I love spending time outdoors hiking with my German shepherd mix, Ginger. During the winter, I enjoy face planting in the snow while attempting to snowboard!

Would you say mosquitoes find you attractive?

On a scale of 1 to 5, I’d say I’m a 4. Mosquitos love me! They eat me like I eat sushi, a lot!

What’s your guilty pleasure?

I love watching movies alone, but I’m only in it for the popcorn and Coke at the theater!

What is your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

“Stop smacking yourself in the face.” I love this tagline because it creates a picture in my mind. I can visualize many friends and family dancing around swatting mosquitos.

We are so excited to have Kieran in the MoJo family!

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