Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Outdoor Spaces

Spring has officially sprung!  While it feels great to shed those winter blankets, turn the thermostat to A/C instead of heat, and put those boots into long-term storage, spring brings a few chores with it as well. If you’ve owned a home for a while, you probably have a spring cleaning routine to spruce up the interior. But it takes extra motivation to tackle the outdoor spaces too.  Here are some tips for taking that spring cleaning outside to make sure you reach every nook and cranny.

Squeaky Clean Windows

Harsh winter storms and salt from the roads can leave behind dirty windows in the spring. When it comes time to clean them, the main thing to remember is to clean the outside first, then the inside. Just cleaning the inside of your windows won’t make much of a difference to people on either side of the glass!  You can find window cleaner at any home goods store, but a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water makes a great natural window cleaner. When you get outside, make sure to work in the shade to keep the cleaner from drying out too quickly. But it’s not just the glass that needs a cleaning – the screens need attention too!  You can clean screens with a gentle hosing or soap and water.  If they need more TLC, leave them to soak in a kiddie pool filled with soapy water while you do other cleaning.  Quick tip: Try crumpled up newspaper, instead of paper towels, to clean and dry your windows.

Gunk-Free Gutters

Perhaps the least desirable springtime chore, clearing out the gutters, is a must-do for homeowners. De-cluttering gutters of leaves, twigs, and debris will prevent flooding and roof damage while increasing the longevity of your home. There are gutter-cleaning services and contraptions to make the task slightly easier. However, most homeowners will take the low-cost route and do it by hand. You’ll need a pair of gloves to protect against sharp and dirty debris along with a large container nearby to dump all the junk. Be sure your ladder is stable before climbing too high, and if possible, ask someone to steady the ladder for you while you clean.  Quick tip: Create your own gutter scoop by cutting the top off of a narrow container like a soda bottle or anti-freeze jug.

Give Your House a Bath

After months of snow, salt, and dirt, your house might look a little dark and dingy. The extent to which you can clean your house depends on the siding, but the easiest and fastest way is to go over everything with a pressure washer. This includes siding, fences, and decks.  If your garage door is looking a little dingy, put some dish soap in a water bucket, wipe the door down, and then rinse off with the pressure washer. If you’re really feeling ambitious, a new coat of paint will freshen things up even more.  Quick tip: If there is a spot giving you particular trouble, add detergent to the reservoir on the pressure washer machine to get the job done faster. Be sure to use a cleaner that is made for pressure washers and intended for the type of surface you’re cleaning.

Ready Your Outdoor Entertainment Area

One of the best parts about summer is the time you get to spend outside with your friends and family. If you entertain often, getting your outdoor space ready is just another item to add to your spring cleaning checklist.  Use a hose to spray off any durable patio furniture or a pressure washer if possible. Put seat cushions or fabric in the washing machine while you work.  For more delicate furniture, you may need to get out the old wash rag and scrub by hand. Afterwards, sweep loose debris off the deck and power wash that too if the surface allows. Last but not least, get the grill ready by burning off any excess gunk from last year, scrub the grates and sides, and clean out the burners.  Quick tip: Prolong the life of your patio furniture by laying down a towel to avoid contact with lotion or sunscreen.  Cover the furniture when not in use or bring cushions inside.  Covering or wrapping cushions in plastic invites mildew.  Instead use canvas or tarp.

Bugs Be Gone

Unfortunately, you aren’t the only one who enjoys being outside this time of year.  Mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks are only some of the pests who might try to crash your summertime fun.  It always puts a damper on the evening when guests are swatting through the air and go home with dozens of bug bites.  That’s where Mosquito Joe can help!  Check out our locations page to find a Mosquito Joe near you, and give them a call to find out how they can help make outside fun again.

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New Locations Opening This Spring


It may seem like this cold weather would be a slow time for us here at the corporate office, but that is hardly the case! We’ve stayed busy during the off-season training new Mosquito Joe business owners and are excited to announce many new locations opening this spring. The Mosquito Joe family is growing, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!

Coming Soon to Make Outside Fun Again:
*in alphabetical order by state

Alabama

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

  • Mosquito Joe of the Quad Cities (website coming soon)
    • Bettendorf, IA

Massachusetts

Missouri

  • Mosquito Joe of Kansas City (website coming soon)
    • Kansas City, MO

New Hampshire

  • Mosquito Joe of South New Hampshire (website coming soon)
    • Chester, NH

New Jersey

North Carolina

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Texas

  • Mosquito Joe of Rio Grande Valley (website coming soon)
    • Roma, TX

Mosquito Joe provides mosquito control treatment to residential and commercial customers. Our technicians are trained mosquito control experts dedicated to one thing: getting rid of mosquitoes so that you can enjoy being outside again. Outfitted with the latest gear and backed by the coordination of a top-notch support staff, our technicians in the field get the job done swiftly, thoroughly and effectively. Find out more about our services on our website.

If Mosquito Joe hasn’t made it to your neck of the woods yet, why not bring it there? We have opportunities available across the country. If you’re interested in being your neighborhood Joe (and hero) visit our Franchise Information Page for more information.

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Your Ticket to a Mosquito-Free 2017

We know it doesn’t seem like it based on what the thermometer reads, but spring is just around the corner. We take our job of keeping yards itch-free seriously, and since mosquitoes become active once the temperature reaches and stays above 55 degrees consistently, the MoJo vans are getting ready to roll! And we want you to be prepared to enjoy your outdoor space as soon as possible.

While being able to sit outside and bask in the glow of the sun (and not in the smell of insect repellent) is one great reason to call Mosquito Joe, another exciting reason is the opportunity to pre-pay upfront for an entire summer of mosquito-free outdoor fun! Why worry about remembering to pay your mosquito control bill when you can make a one-time payment now and not have to think about it again until next year?

For a limited time, Mosquito Joe locations across the country are offering discounts on an entire season of sprays. We guarantee your satisfaction and will not bind you to a contract, so you have nothing to lose! To take advantage of this offer, please call or email your local Mosquito Joe for a personalized quote before time runs out.

If you’re new to Mosquito Joe, let us give you the rundown:

  • Mosquito Joe barrier spray treatments rid your yard of pesky mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks for up to 21 days.
  • Our technicians are trained mosquito control experts dedicated to one thing: getting rid of mosquitoes so that you can enjoy being outside again.
  • We also offer an all-natural spray option that repels mosquitoes for up to 14 days, perfect for use around gardens, fish ponds, and flowers.
  • We do not require customers to sign contracts, which gives you the flexibility you need to fully enjoy your outdoor space.

And if you’re a returning customer, welcome back! We want to take the opportunity and thank you for an amazing 2016. We hope you loved being back outside and enjoying your outdoor space (without mosquitoes!) as much as we enjoyed making it happen. If you have any questions about the Mosquito Joe Pre-Pay Program and available discounts, just give your local Joe a call and we’d be happy to get you on the path to a mosquito-free 2017!

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Meet a Joe: Sharon Lerche

*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 a member of the Corporate staff, Sharon Lerche. Sharon joined Mosquito Joe after a long career with Taco Bell, 29 years to be exact! She moved from a Restaurant General Manager to a Training Project Manager in charge of making sure training was happening properly in the 25 Taco Bells in her area and training new managers. Mixing her passion for service with extensive experience makes the role a perfect fit.

As the Operations Administrative Assistant, she not only dedicates her experience to the overall organization and efficiency of the operations team at Mosquito Joe, but also to the day-to-day success of our franchisees across the country. We are so excited to have Sharon in the MoJo family!

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

What do you love most about your job?

I love that my job requires me to work with everyone at some point. Every day I do something different with new challenges, which I am excited to conquer.

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

I am the biggest cheerleader around (maybe because I always wanted to be one in a former life). I always try to stay positive and find solutions. I am also extremely organized and efficient. Once I learn the job, I can get a lot accomplished in a short period of time.

What is your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

“If you decide not to call Mosquito Joe, save this card for swatting.” This shows that we do not take ourselves too seriously and the company is about fun.

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

Every February we go skiing in West Virginia, I love to lay in the sun next to a swimming pool for when I get too hot. I love to work in my flower beds: planting, weeding, watching stuff grow.

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

I have had several “ultimate vacations.” I have traveled to Alaska and seen whales swim right by my room. I rode in a helicopter over Hawaiian volcanoes and danced at a luau. I rode in a gondola in Venice, visited Mary’s last home in Ephesus, Turkey,and bought roasted lamb on the street in Athens, Greece. My next adventure will be a river cruise starting in New Orleans and ending in Memphis this September. The only thing that would make all these trips even better would be if my kids and grandkids could have come as well.

How attracted are mosquitoes to you?

Mosquitoes absolutely LOVE me. I must have some awesome CO2.

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Shop Small MoJo Style

At Mosquito Joe, we have a lot to be thankful for this Thursday. This season we had 170 territories operating in 27 states which means we made more families mosquito free this year than we ever have. That satisfaction in itself is setting us up for the best Thanksgiving yet. We also made Inc. 5000’s list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America and Franchise Business Review’s Top Franchises for Veterans list, which we are incredibly proud of. Even though the temperatures have dropped here in Virginia Beach and the holidays are right around the corner, our office is still buzzing with meetings, trainings and new franchisees.  But, we also realized this week that we should probably start shopping for those family members of ours. Eek!

ShopSmallWe know that the much anticipated “Black Friday” is coming up, but did you know that the day after is Shop Small Saturday? Not only is it the perfect opportunity to avoid the craziness at the mall, but it’s a great way to support your community. Because all of our Mosquito Joe mosquito control businesses are locally owned and operated, we like to consider this the Shop Small MoJo style day, too. You don’t even have to leave your couch to participate! Give your local Mosquito Joe a call (or email) and tell them you need a gift certificate for all the homeowners on your list. It really is the gift that will keep on giving, right into the Spring of 2017 when they’re enjoying their mosquito free yard. They also make great stocking stuffers.

Shop Small Saturday is a wonderful day for many reasons beyond the fact that you get to buy presents for your family and friends. A day designated to small businesses helps them overcome the lack of large-scale advertising that larger corporations have at their disposal. Supporting these businesses also keeps money circulating throughout your community, supporting perpetual growth. Not to mention that boosting the sales of small businesses is really important seeing as they account for 54% of all U.S. sales. Our economy largely depends on their success!

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of good food, family and no mosquitoes. As the MoJo family grows, we’re so excited to see all the amazing things our new franchisees are going to do in their communities. So while we’re talking about things that make us excited, we owe you a big thanks, too. Our customers and franchisees are what make this company thrive and more importantly, what make it great. Enjoy your weekend, and make sure you support local businesses in your area. And don’t forget to add Mosquito Joe gift certificates to that shopping list!

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