All posts by Julie Green

Wedding Season = Mosquito Season

Not only has Spring begun, but so has wedding season! If you’ve just gotten engaged and are starting the journey of wedding planning, there are many websites you can go to with checklists on whobride to call, when to book, and what to wear. It’s an endless list of things to remember to make your day go smoothly, and of course, be the happiest day of your life. Some people rise to the challenge, some people groan but jump in head first, and others throw the papers and elope.

As you’re sorting through the budget, the guest lists, the catering menus, bridesmaids dresses and suit options, it can definitely become overwhelming. But we’re here to give you one big tip to make sure the one thing you aren’t doing on your wedding day is swatting. As we were looking through the different checklists, we noticed that something very important was missing, so we wanted to let you in on a secret that can really make your event one to remember for all the right reasons.

Make Sure Mosquitoes Aren’t on the Guest List

The idea of promising forever in an intimate setting and under springtime foliage at sunset can be a dreamy inspiration for couples planning a wedding, but when the weather is warm and the sun is setting it’s also time for mosquitoes to start their dinner. The last thing you want guests to remember about your soiree is that they were eaten alive by mosquitoes, and the last thing you want to be putting on with your wedding dress is insect repellent. Mosquito Joe offers special event sprays that can be tailored to your wedding venue to make sure your day or evening is mosquito free. Since the product dries in thirty minutes, our certified technicians can come to the property and spray the day of, making sure the property is swat free well before the caterers and DJ arrive. Make sure you add “Call Mosquito Joe” to your wedding planning checklist and check here to see if there’s a Mosquito Joe location in your wedding destination.

Since everyone has an opinion, we couldn’t let this opportunity go by without asking our office Joes their advice on planning a wedding.

Wedding Planning Tips from Mosquito Joe Staff Members:

Remember to breathe, and take time to enjoy. It will go by extremely quickly, so don’t forget to make the memory.” ~ Denise

Mosquito Free Wedding Season
Social Joe Julie Green on her wedding day!

Roll with it. All of it. Don’t get too hung up on any one thing, and you won’t be upset when the cake turns out to be frozen or your honeymoon gets cancelled. Or both. Which does in fact happen, as it turns out.” ~ Angela

“At the end of the day your wedding is about you.  Don’t let others make it about them.” ~ Kyle

“This is probably the only time in your life that ALL of your favorite people are going to be in the same room. Make the most of that (because it’s amazing), and get on the dance floor. Oh, and EAT.” ~ Julie

If you just popped the question or if you just answered yes, congratulations! We hope wedding planning is a fun and exciting time for you. IF not, Mosquito Joe special event sprays aren’t just for weddings, either! If you’ve got a family BBQ, birthday party or graduation party in your future, give your local Joe a call and ask about their event sprays.

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Heartworm Awareness & Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month

April is a big month for us here at Mosquito Joe for two reasons: Heartworm Awareness Month and Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month. When we say our goal is to make outside fun again, that is for our four legged friends too. Since our barrier sprays also eliminate ticks and fleas, we take pride in your pets being safe and itch free, too. Not to mention, many of us Joes are dog and cat owners, and knowledge is power when it comes to insects causing sickness in our pets, so we’re honoring the month with some important information about Heartworm, ticks and fleas!

Heartworm in Pets

Heartworm is not something to take lightly with dogs and cats. If you are a pet owner you know heartworm testing is done yearly at your furry friend’s annual checkup, and preventative medicine is strongly recommended monthly. But, do you know how heartworm is spread to dogs and cats if they aren’t protected? Mosquitoes! That’s right, they don’t just make us sick, they can make our pets sick too. The mosquito plays a vital role in the heartworm life cycle. When a mosquito bites an infected animal, it picks up these baby worms, which develop and mature into larvae over a period of 10 to 14 days. Then, when the infected mosquito bites another dog or cat, the larvae are deposited onto the surface of the animal’s skin and enter the new host through the mosquito’s bite.

Ticks and Your Pets

Dogs of MoJo Heartworm Awareness
The Dogs of MoJo

We always associate ticks with the annoyance they can cause when they’re on your pet, but they can make pets and humans very sick. Humans can contract Lyme disease from ticks, but it can also cause the disease in dogs too. The symptoms are similar but present themselves differently in our pups than in humans. Here is what you can be on the lookout for with Lyme disease in dogs:

    • Stiff walk with an arched back
    • Sensitive to touch
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Fever, lack of appetite, and depression may accompany inflammation of the joints
    • Lymph nodes close to the site of the infecting tick bite may be swollen

Fleas are more than an annoyance.

Now that we know how sick ticks and mosquitoes can make us, we can’t let the opportunity go to mention that fleas are much more than an itchy annoyance. Fleas actually carry diseases just like mosquitoes and ticks. Fleas find “hosts,” and those hosts are warm blooded animals. Naturally they are usually dogs and cats, but they can also be opossums, rats, and other rodents. According to the ASPCA, since fleas can consume 15 times their own body weight in blood, they can cause anemia and a significant amount of blood loss over time. They can even cause tapeworm! Not to mention, if your pet happens to get just one flea, that flea can lay eggs every 12 days, and under optimum conditions, those baby fleas can reach adulthood and multiply themselves. Flea infestations are notoriously difficult to get rid of in your house, so avoiding them before they begin is key.

Prevention and Treatment

If you have pets, veterinarians recommend a monthly flea, tick and heartworm preventative to be given during ALL seasons. Only giving your dog or cat flea treatments during spring and summer is not effective. What your vet might fail to mention is the first step in flea, tick and mosquito prevention is treating your yard. Our mosquito control services also kill and defend against fleas and ticks, so let Mosquito Joe be your first line of defense against these disease carrying pests. Contact your local Mosquito Joe today for a free quote. We have no contracts and no obligations, just mosquito, flea and tick treatment solutions.

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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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