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Mosquito Joe Locations Still Open For Business

2016 was a great year for the Mosquito Joe franchise as a whole.  We’ve expanded into new states and territories, helped thousands more customers, and welcomed new staff members into the Corporate office to provide the best possible service to both our franchisees and customers.  If you didn’t see our big news to kick off 2017, we were ranked #26 AND #1 in category on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list! Our franchisees are making outside fun again and growing rapidly at the same time! 

Although our northern franchisees have wrapped up their mosquito season for the year, many of our southern locations are still outside battling the bloodsuckers.  Whether you feel a chill in the air or your area is holding in the seventies, mosquitoes are still a concern this time of year.  In fact, the pests can remain active and lay eggs until temperatures are consistently below 55 degrees, making outdoor activities a pain!  Check out this blog post about the importance of sprays late in the year.  Mosquito Joe can help protect your yard against mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, allowing you and your family to stay outside as long as possible.

Here is a list of the Mosquito Joe franchises still in operation.  If you are in these areas and are sick of sacrificing your outside space to these pests give your local MoJo a call.  They’ll make outside fun again for you this fall.

Alabama
Mosquito Joe of Gulf Coast Alabama

Florida
Mosquito Joe of Cape Coral
Mosquito Joe of Fort Lauderdale West
Mosquito Joe of Orlando
Mosquito Joe of Northwest Florida
Mosquito Joe of First Coast
Mosquito Joe of South Miami
Mosquito Joe of South Dade
Mosquito Joe of Palm Beach
Mosquito Joe of Tampa Bay
Mosquito Joe of Polk County

Texas
Mosquito Joe of Greater Houston
Mosquito Joe of NW Houston
Mosquito Joe of West Houston

 

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Holiday Travel and Mosquito Borne Illness

With the holiday season in full swing, millions of Americans will be traveling far and wide to visit family, catch up with friends, and just getaway from hectic everyday life.  During this time of year, many people head south to escape the cooler temperatures. And while at home mosquitoes might be the last thing on your mind, these pests are still active and causing plenty of problems in some popular travel destinations.  We want everyone to have a safe and fun holiday experience, so read up on these mosquito-borne illnesses, where they are active, and ways you can protect yourself against them while traveling this season.

Zika Virus

The mosquito-borne Zika virus has spread quickly in the past two years through the Pacific Islands, South America, the Caribbean and now the United States. Usually lasting about a week, this virus causes rash, fever, joint pain, muscle pain, headaches, vomiting, and conjunctivitis (Pink Eye).  Zika is especially dangerous for pregnant women.

Zika has no cure or vaccine.  People should take preventative measures to avoid mosquito bites and standing water, which provide ideal breeding grounds for the pests. There are travel health notifications for many popular holiday destinations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so check those before booking your trip if you have anyone in your family who is pregnant.

Chikungunya

This mosquito-borne virus arrived in 2013 and quickly spreading to Central America, South America, and parts of Florida.  The illness causes severe headaches, joint pain, rash, and fever.  “Chikungunya” is the Makonde word for “it bends up,” because victims are often in bed for weeks, crippled with pain…yikes!

According to the Pan American Health Organization, more than 120,000 cases have been reported in 2016 alone, 135 of them resulting in death.  Unfortunately, there is no vaccine or cure for Chikungunya.  Experts advise people to take precautions such as using insect repellent, adding screens to windows, and wearing long sleeves and pants.

Dengue Fever

Many of you have probably heard of Dengue Fever, a mosquito-borne illness that is the leading cause of illness and death in the tropics.  Over 400 million people are infected yearly with Dengue, a virus that causes high fever, headaches, nausea, and severe body aches. Once again there is no vaccine, and people with the virus can expect to spend up to two weeks recovering.

Mosquito Joe takes all mosquito-borne illnesses very seriously. Educating people about these diseases and the importance of protection against mosquitoes is one of our core company values. Whether it be educating people through information on our websiteblog posts, or our annual Mosquito Control Awareness Week efforts, we strive to keep you in the know about recent trends in mosquito borne illnesses and tips to keep your lifestyle (and holiday travel!) mosquito-free.


If you’re in a southern area of the United States, we’ve got locations still open for business to keep you mosquito free this season. Mosquitoes stay active until the weather stays consistently below 55 degrees, so give them a call if you’re having an outdoor pest issue. Our mosquito barrier spray will not only allow you to enjoy the outdoors fully, it will protect your family and pets against these potentially dangerous diseases.

On that uplifting note, happy holidays and safe travels!

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Meet A Joe: Bridget Cardillo

*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 one of our newest members of the Corporate staff, Bridget Cardillo.  Bridget joined Mosquito Joe after relocating to Virginia Beach from the Atlanta, GA area. She has worked in both agency and corporate settings, including a company that sold mobile accessories franchises. Mixing her love of all things digital along with the franchise business makes the role a perfect fit. 

 What led you to work for Mosquito Joe?

I relocated from Atlanta to Virginia Beach for personal reasons, but when I found the Digital Marketing Manager position at Mosquito Joe during my job hunt, I knew I’d found a fit professionally as well. From my first interview, I knew I was going to love it and feel at home (insert cheese emoji for how that sounds, but it’s true!). The brand is so much fun, the CEO has a clear vision, and the people I work with every day are awesome.

What are the biggest strengths professionally that you bring to the Mosquito Joe team?

I find one of my biggest strengths is relationship building. Whether that’s with co-workers or franchisees, it’s something I really enjoy. I genuinely like getting to know new people, and I feel it’s an integral part of having a productive and happy work place. My experiences have also shaped who I am professionally. Most recently, I worked at a digital marketing agency for two years. Being able to handle an extremely fast-paced work environment has improved my time management and multi-tasking skills. And my first job out of college was an in-house marketing position for a franchise company. Having the ability to speak some of the same language has helped my role here at Mosquito Joe.

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

“Did you mean to donate blood on the way to the mailbox?” Every time I explain my job and how fun the brand is, I quote this tagline. It makes me laugh and never fails to make everyone else laugh too!

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

Blake Lively! We don’t look alike in the least, but she’s my celebrity girl crush. Fun fact: she played Bridget or ‘Bee’ in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies. It’s clearly meant to be.

If you could plan your ultimate vacation, where would you go?

Everywhere! I absolutely love to travel. If I had to choose one place, it would probably be Thailand. They took a trip there on a recent season of The Bachelor (guilty pleasure!) and it just looked so dreamy.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

If I could speak in a British accent for the rest of my life and not sound ridiculous, I would. Also, I can quote the entire Mean Girls movie.

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5 Tips for Pet Wellness This Fall

The changing of leaves, pumpkins, and Halloween costumes may be the first thing you think of when the calendar shows October has arrived. But did you know it is also National Pet Wellness Month? That’s right, there’s a whole month dedicated to the well-being of our beloved pets, and for good reason. There’s a lot of responsibility that comes with keeping a pet happy and healthy, and we’ve got five tips for you to follow this month to make sure you’re on the path to more wagging and purring and less barking and hissing.

5 Tips for Pet Wellness

  1. Annual Wellness Exam with your Veterinarian. This one might seem like a no-brainer, but taking your pet for regular checkups with your vet is extremely important. Our dogs and cats can’t tell us when they are sick, so it’s up to us owners to schedule regular checkups. Preventative care is vital to the health of your pets.
  2. Pet vaccines. While at the vet, discuss your pet’s vaccines. They can effectively prevent potentially serious canine diseases like distemper, rabies, and hepatitis.
  3. Oral Hygiene. Oral hygiene is an often-overlooked but important factor in your dog’s overall health. Just like humans, dental hygiene should be a part of routine and yearly care for your pet. It doesn’t have to be too tricky at home either. A good long chew can help scrape away plaque and dirt, and most dogs are happy to comply. Natural choices include rawhide or a knucklebone. Knucklebones are a softer bone that’s gentler on the teeth. To brush your pet’s teeth, make sure you purchase a special toothpaste that can be swallowed by dogs and cats. Human toothpaste is harmful! You can however use a human toothbrush, just make sure the bristles are soft.
  4. Exercise. Exercise your pet on a daily basis! Different breeds of dogs require different levels of exercise, so make sure you know how much activity your pet needs. Of course, our feline friends sleep 23 hours a day, so good luck there! You can also exercise their little brains with fun activities like the Muffin Tin Puzzle. It’s an easy activity you probably already have most of the supplies for!
  5. Check for fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks can cause serious problems for your pets. Ticks can cause Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease while fleas can cause anemia and the annoying side effect of itching. Mosquitoes cause problems for pets as well as they can transmit heartworms. The good news is that heartworms, fleas and ticks are all preventable with medication your veterinarian can recommend. As an added layer of defense, Mosquito Joe services can help protect your pets, too with a barrier against mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks.

A healthy pet is a happy pet, so make sure you have a good relationship with your vet, stay vaccinated, and go for more walks! Even though it’s officially fall, outdoor 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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How Canceling Your Mosquito Control Early Can Backfire

Believe it or not, tomorrow is the first day of Fall which means the official end of summer has arrived. But just because we’re saying goodbye to summer on the calendar doesn’t mean we’re saying goodbye to warmer temperatures and those pesky mosquitoes. In most parts of the country, there are weeks (if not months!) of warm weather ahead, and with the temperatures cooling just a bit and humidity giving us a break, it’s the ideal time to enjoy the outdoors.  With the kids in school for a majority of the day, you may be tempted to end your mosquito spraying season a bit early, but we wanted to give you some information on why completing the full season of barrier spray treatments can help you avoid a frustrating start to your autumn and help your spring be a lot less itchy (yes, we’re talking 2018 already!).

The Life Cycle of Mosquitoes

The last few sprays are some of the most important for a couple of reasons. Ending your spray season early not only breaks the barrier our services provide, it also gives mosquitoes a chance to breed. The time it takes a mosquito to complete the life cycle is 4-7 days. From the time a female lays her eggs, they can become biting adults in less than a week.  Mosquitoes are tricky creatures. They lay eggs, hibernate, and can survive some pretty frigid temperatures throughout the winter months.  All the eggs that were laid before hibernation can also survive the colder temps. They only need water and temperatures above 55 degrees to hatch! Cool weather like that might seem far off, but it’s only weeks away in other parts of the country. Don’t let the date on the calendar fool you. You might think the end of summer means the end of mosquitoes too, but stopping your mosquito control treatments early can backfire next year.

Avoid a Breeding Ground

If you end your season early, it gives female mosquitoes a chance to not only make your yard a home, but lay more eggs before the first freeze. That last mosquito treatment spray is vitally important to make sure technicians get rid of those last mosquitoes and mosquito larvae. Along with the barrier spray, our technicians can treat areas of standing water that are unavoidable. Examples of these are pool covers, creeks in your yard with muddy banks, or the base of flower pots. The technicians can treat these areas to make sure they stay free of mosquito larvae which keeps your yard “winterized.” If the last spray and treated areas of water are completed, then there’s no spring hatching in your yard!

We know it’s tempting to cancel service, but after a long day at school, those kiddos will be itching for some outside fun at home. We want to make sure that’s the only itching going on around your house. If you have any questions about your season, contact your local Mosquito Joe, and they’ll be happy to explain the process to you.

Don’t let mosquitoes trick you into ending service before the season ends. You’ll thank us later.

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