All posts by Julie Green

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is observed each year on April 30.  This day was created as a way to raise awareness for thousands of pets that are waiting for adoption from the shelters. According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. The Mosquito Joe family feels pretty strongly about our rescues (Check out this article about Mosquito Joe of Wayne and their partnership with local shelters) so we decided to highlight some of the corporate staff members who rescued their furbabies.

In September 2016, a good friend of mine knew a woman that had just found a litter of kittens near her house and was working with Poquoson Animal Welfare Sanctuary (PAWS) to find them homes.  We met up with her and the litter of kittens and immediately fell in love with one of the boys and his only sister who we named Murphy and Grace, named after a couple of  important names in Naval history.  At just 11 weeks old, they came to live with us in early November 2016.  Murphy is a feisty one (he demands an ice cube to chase every time we’re near the freezer) while Grace is more quiet and reserved, but both are incredibly sweet, cuddly, and perfect companions! ~ Nick Sell, Franchise Business Coach

Both Morgan and Kingston are rescued. Morgan (my German Shepherd mix) was about to go to a shelter and I just couldn’t help but love her excitement, enthusiasm and love for people. Kingston was the last of a litter in the shelter, a little sickly and infected with parasites. I was looking for a companion for Morgan because she loves playing with little dogs and when I saw him, I knew he was meant to join our family. Today, he’s happy and healthy and a big dog in a little dog’s body. ~ Jayme Sabo, Director of Marketing

When a family moves away and can’t bring their cats with them, you get the best two fur brothers on this planet. Oliver (Brown stripped) and Tucker (Gray) were adopted from the Virginia Beach SPCA. After doing the math, I believe their Halloween kitties, which also explains their orange eyes. ~ Kyle Jones, Graphic Designer

Chevy the Resuced Monster

We decided on a rescue because there are so many great animals out there that end up in shelters or rescues to no fault of their own (i.e. someone’s pet had an unintentional litter, someone moved and their new landlord didn’t allow the pet). We worked with an incredible organization (shout out to the Southeast German Shepherd Rescue) to find our buddy Chevy. They work hard to pair dogs with “fur-ever” homes by matching up owner needs/personalities with the dogs. Chevy was a perfect fit for us. I’ve never had such a loyal dog with such a personality. ~ Angela Paules, VP of Marketing 

Silly Lilly Billy Goat the Rescue Dog

8 years ago my then fiance and I decided to get a dog and knew we wanted to rescue because of all the great animals who needed homes. I was at work on a Friday afternoon scrolling through pictures at the shelter when I saw this girl’s face. The next morning I had him driving us downtown to pick her up.  I had no other explanation other than she was meant to be mine. She has been my best girl ever since and is now her human brother’s best companion (most of the time). Our Lilly has the quirkiest personality and we love her so much. ~ Julie Green, Marketing Manager

If you have a rescue baby you want to keep protected this year, don’t forget our services take care of fleas and ticks too. Always follow your veterinarian’s recommendations for flea and tick preventative medicines, but we can be an added layer of defense in your own backyard. Thanks for reading about our fur kiddos, we’d love to hear about yours! Buzz in and share our pictures on our Facebook page! And of course, if you’re thinking of adding to your family with a feline or dog companion, always consider adopting!

 

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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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