Memorial Day – A Time for Celebration and Remembrance

Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is meant to honor men and women who have died serving in the U.S. military.  It was first celebrated in the years after the Civil War, and became an official holiday in 1971.  It’s a special day for several reasons.  Memorial Day allows us to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country.  And for many people, it’s also the unofficial start of summer, a chance to celebrate with family and friends, usually by going to a parade or cookout.

Whether you’re an everyday Martha Stewart or a first-time host, this year’s Memorial Day cookout has the potential to be the best yet!  We’ve compiled a list of some creative twists on old traditions that you can use to wow your guests.

  • GrillingTurn your traditional cookout into one with a “You Bring It, We Grill It” concept. Take some of the burden off your preparation list by having guests bring their own meat, seafood, veggies, etc. This way, you can ensure everyone is getting something they love, and no one will be going home hungry. If you’d like to, you can still provide the main side dishes or just have everyone bring a little something to make a potluck out of it!
  • Make sure the patriotic theme carries through to the drink menu as well with these red, white, and blue cocktail recipes.  Choose from a wide range of options including Shirley Temples, martinis, sangria, and shots.  Your guests will definitely notice the extra effort as you add a little spin to some old favorites.
  • It’s hard to believe firecrackers and sparklers can get any more amazing than they already are.  But how about making them out Shortcakeof marshmallows?  These marshmallow firecrackers are a great hand-held dessert option for any guest, especially kids.  And you can enjoy them while watching the real fireworks at the end of the night.
  • Strawberry shortcake is a staple dessert of many Memorial Day cookouts.  Usually the cake is already assembled, but why not have a build-your-own-shortcakes bar?  Set up a stand with stations for individual sponge cakes, fresh berries, whipped cream, and other assorted toppings.  Your guests can have fun making their own creation in whatever size portions they like.

Celebrating the start of summer is always a fun way to spend a long weekend, but we should never forget the real reason for the holiday.  There are many ways to honor those who have died in service to our country, a few being; donating to an organization, volunteering at a cemetery to put flags on service members’ graves, and simply thanking a veteran for his or her service.

Buddy PoppyYou can also buy a buddy poppy to support the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) organization.  You’ve probably seen these pins resembling small red flowers with a black center.  The idea started in the early 1920s when the organization paid disabled and needy veterans to assemble paper versions of the poppy.  While the scale of the operation has grown exponentially since then, veterans in need still make each and every buddy poppy.  The VFW Buddy Poppy program provides compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, offers financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans’ rehabilitation and service programs, and partially supports the VFW National Home For Children.

As an organization with many active military members and veterans, Mosquito Joe looks forward to celebrating and honoring Memorial Day every year.  A sincere thank you to those who have served, are currently serving, and who have sacrificed for this country.  If you are interested in mosquito control services for the summer, please contact your local Mosquito Joe to find out how we can help protect your backyard events all season long!

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Meet A Joe: Kyle Jones, Graphic Designer

*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, Kyle Jones.  Kyle attended Iowa State University and graduated in 2015.  She then began working at an enhanced event agency that specialized in in-store marketing where she created collateral for food demo stands at wholesale club store, such as Sam’s Club and BJ’s.  A Chicago native, Kyle joins Mosquito Joe as graphic designer.  She helps with designing all of the eye-catching promotional products we use, advertisements for our franchisees, and franchise development advertising as well.  We are so excited to have Kyle in the MoJo family and on our marketing team!

Here are some fun facts about Kyle, so you can get to know her like we have! Welcome, Kyle!

What is your favorite part about your position at Mosquito Joe?

While I’ve just started, my favorite part about working at Mosquito Joe is the creative freedom I have. I work on everything from business cards to advertisements and banner stands to magnets. I get to touch every aspect of the design.

If you had to explain your job to a five year old, how would you describe it? 

I get to make the company look pretty!

What is your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

“Playtime is back.” because Mosquito Joe is all about having fun and enjoying the outside again.

If you could donate $1 million to any charity, what would it be and why?

I would donate to the Trevor Project, which provides suicide and crisis prevention for LGBTQ young people. They provide valuable resources to young people nationwide who are being bullied and may not have anywhere else to turn to for help. I feel very strongly that no one should be bullied for any reason and all should feel loved.

If you could invite three people to a party, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

JK Rowling, Julia Childs, and Lucille Ball. They are all strong women who had great success in their industries. We would listen to magical stories, eat extremely well, and constantly be laughing.

If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Emma Stone because she is quirky and down-to-earth. She’s not afraid to laugh at herself either, which is a must if you’re playing me!

If you were shipwrecked, what three items would you want to land on shore with you?

  1. My glasses otherwise I would be shipwrecked AND blind!
  2. A bottle of good wine that magically refills itself.
  3. The Harry Potter series.

Welcome to the Mosquito Joe family, Kyle!

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Lyme Disease Awareness Month 2016

May is a great month for many reasons: Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and the flowers brought by April showers are just some of the beautiful things celebrated.  But did you know May is also Lyme Disease Awareness Month?  It might not be the cheeriest of topics, but Lyme Disease is an extremely important issue to be aware of as the weather turns and you start to spend more time outside.

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread primarily through ticks – known as deer ticks on the East coast and black-legged ticks on the West coast.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim that over 30,000 cases are reported annually by state health departments. Known as the “Great Imitator,” Lyme Disease mimics many other illnesses, often leading to misdiagnoses such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and depression.

Transmission

Currently, Lyme Disease is only known to spread through the bite of an infected tick. Ticks normally rest on the tips of grass blades or shrubs waiting for a host to pass by. Black-legged ticks often attach to the host and can stay there for several days. The bacteria can take time to transmit to the host, so removing the tick within 24 hours will greatly reduce the chance of Lyme Disease. There is no evidence suggesting person-to-person transmission or pet-to-person transmission.

Symptoms and Treatment

Early signs of Lyme Disease can manifest much like those of the flu; fever, chills, headache, joint pain, and swollen lymph nodes. Individuals may show signs of an Erythema Migrans (EM) rash, which starts at the site of the tick bite and gradually expands outward to look like a bullseye. Late stage signs showing days to weeks after a bite can be more serious: severe headaches, additional EM rashes, arthritis and acute joint pain, heart palpitations, nerve pain, and loss of muscle tone or drooping facial muscles.  Lyme Disease can affect any area or system of the body including neurological and nerve functions. If left untreated, it can cause permanent damage to nerves and joints and become Post-Treatment Lyme Disease or Chronic Lyme Disease.

Blood tests are usually used to diagnose Lyme Disease. Antibiotics help treat individuals with early Lyme Disease, and those with more progressed cases may need intravenous medication.


How You Can Help

Throughout the month of May, communities across America will be doing their part to raise awareness and funds for Lyme Disease.  Below are some ideas for how you can get involved!

  • Participate in a run/walk – Look in your local area for a Lyme Disease fun run or 5k.  This is a fun and active way to get involved in the cause.
  • Volunteer at a local pet shelter – Animals are also susceptible to Lyme Disease and other illnesses carried by ticks. You can help some four-legged friends by volunteering your time at a shelter or clinic. They are always in need of people to walk, feed, and play with the animals. Also be sure to check your own pets for signs of Lyme Disease as they can bring ticks into the house, posing a danger to you and your family.
  • State Support Groups – These groups offer support to those affected by Lyme Disease.  They also share information about local events and campaigns.
  • Make a donation – Organizations like LymeDisease.org strive to raise awareness and get people involved in the eradicating Lyme Disease permanently. Making a donation helps further their efforts in outreach, research, and education.

Don’t forget to contact Mosquito Joe while you’re at it! Mosquito Joe’s barrier spray services protect your yard from mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks!  We can help make outside fun again for you and your family this summer. Give your local Mosquito Joe a call for more information.

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Mother’s Day Then and Now

The History of Mother’s Day

A day to celebrate our dear mothers has been around quite some time, all the way back to the ancient Greeks and Romans who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. In the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, the celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally a time when religious folk would return to their “mother church” for a special service. Over time this tradition evolved into something more secular and what we know today. Anna Jarvis had originally conceived of Mother’s Day as a day of personal celebration between mothers and families and her version involved moms wearing a white carnation and visiting one’s mother.

At times Mother’s Day has also been a date for launching political causes. In 1968 Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother’s Day to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children. In the 1970s women’s groups also used the holiday as a time to highlight the need for equal rights and access to childcare.

While today’s traditions still may include visiting your mom or a church service, we asked moms and daughters around the corporate office if their family held any special Mother’s Day traditions. We thought we would share those with you in case perhaps you need some fresh ideas, or there’s a new mom in your life! And of course, if you need a gift idea for the mom who has everything, give her the gift of a mosquito free yard! Your local Mosquito Joe has gift certificates that would go great in a bouquet of flowers!

From all of us at Mosquito Joe, Happy Mother’s Day!

MoJo Mother’s Day Traditions

“My favorite tradition is that a group of my girlfriends and I always take our moms to brunch on Sunday morning. It’s so fun to have a girls morning and celebrate our favorite leading lady.” – Meghan

“I think the thing I look forward to most on Mother’s Day is waking up to my sweet son’s little feet bringing me artwork he made at school with a giant smile. He’s always so proud! The rest of the day usually consists of mimosas, being outside and enjoying the warmer temperatures – so it’s a good thing I work for a mosquito control company!” – Julie

“​My siblings and I like to take our mother golfing on Mother’s Day.  Personally, I’m a terrible golfer so I am there for comic relief, but the rest of them take it pretty seriously so it’s a great thing we can all enjoy doing together.  There’s nothing better then spending a couple of hours outdoors, with your mom on a beautiful May day.​” – Jodi

“I go to my husband’s “old man” soccer game and then we head over to my son’s house to hang out by the pool. We always grill shrimp and make margaritas!” – Sharon

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