Spreading the MoJo By Giving Back

Twas three weeks before Christmas, when all through the land, Mosquito Joe businesses were lending a hand. With smiles and warm hearts, they spread goodwill and cheer, to help those in need at this joyful time of year.

Mosquito Joe highly values giving back to local communities, and we encourage all of our franchisees to do so. With all the bargain shopping and over-eating, some of the magic of the season can get lost.  So to keep the spark alive, we’d like to reflect on some of the generous initiatives our franchisees have participated in throughout the year to brighten Mosquito Joe Giving Backthe lives of others.

Mosquito Joe of Annapolis worked with the Maryland Food Bank for the third year in a row to help feed the hungry. Customers were asked to leave non-perishable items on their doorstep for the MoJo van to pick up on their day of service. Mosquito Joe then matched all total donations. Thanks to everyone’s generosity, they were able to donate 645 items weighing over 400 lbs. That’s over twice what they donated the year before. Way to go!

Mosquito Joe of Southwest Nashville works continuously with Nothing But Nets, a global organization that is fighting malaria in Africa by providing mosquito bed nets and education about mosquito control in Sub-Saharan Africa. For every existing customer that continued service in 2016, Mosquito Joeimg_2002 purchased a net through the cause. All in all, they were able to provide 486 nets to families in Rwanda!

Mosquito Joe of Charleston partnered with a local montessori school to donate $225 to their playground improvement project. All parents from the school that signed up with Mosquito Joe received $25 off their first service while Mosquito Joe also donated $25 to the playground project.

Mosquito Joe of East Memphis adopted a child for the holidays through their local child abuse prevention center. They filled her need list and her wish list with items like boots, a purse, a blanket, lotion, perfume, nail polish, and art supplies. They delivered the items to the center, making that little girl’s holiday season all the more special.

Mosquito Joe of Springfield14500518_310247122671792_1171576067654903164_o-1 held their end of season customer appreciation event in conjunction with a local non-profit boutique that donates all proceeds to the Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation among other charitable organizations. All guests were encouraged to shop throughout the evening, generating new business and donations for the shop.

 


We are extremely proud of our Mosquito Joe franchisees and the year-round things they do to give back to their local communities. If you are interested in having a mosquito-free yard in 2017, find the Mosquito Joe location nearest you, and give them a call!

And from all of us at Mosquito Joe, have a happy holiday season!

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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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Veteran’s Day 2016

Veteran’s Day is a chance for us to honor the bravery and service for U.S. service members, past and present. We are lucky enough to have our Corporate office right down the street from the largest naval base in the world, which makes Virginia Beach a vibrant military community. It is such a privilege to live among many of those who are dedicated and have given so much for our country. Since we started franchising in 2013 we’ve taken great pride in being a company that can offer veterans an option to not only own their own business, but to utilize the skills the military gave them.

For the third year, Mosquito Joe is listed as a Top Franchise Opportunities for Veterans by Franchise Business Review. Franchising offers veterans a chance to apply leadership skills as a business owner while continuing to serve their communities in a team environment. The Corporate support available helps ease any lack of business experience that veterans may have. This might be one in seven franchise owners nationwide is a veteran!

Veteran's Day 2016Not only do we live among veterans in Virginia Beach, but we work among them and their family members too! A large portion of the Mosquito Joe Corporate staff is either a veteran themselves or is related/married to one. Let’s get to know some of them!

Our Chief Operating Officer Brian Garrison retired in 2012 after serving over twenty years in the U.S. Navy focused on naval aviation. Learn more about him in an article from Entrepreneur Magazine titled Call of Duty. It’s a great article about how military skills transition well to owning a franchise. We’re so glad he’s on the Mosquito Joe team and immensely grateful for his service. He’s pictured to the right with his wife Melissa and kids Connor and Ruby after returning from a deployment aboard the USS Eisenhower in 2009.

Veteran's Day 2016Valerie Sanetrik, one of Mosquito Joe’s Franchise Business Coaches, dedicates her work hours to being the right hand guide for many of our franchise owners across the country. However, Valerie also serves as a Second Lieutenant Medical Officer for the Maryland National Guard. See her pictured below as she attends a basic officer leadership course.

Another one of our Franchise Business Coaches, Nick Sell, came to Mosquito Joe after serving 10 years in the U.S. Navy. He specialized in communications and intel with Seal Team Six and the NATO Office of Security.

A fun fact about veterans and the Mosquito Joe Corporate office is that we have our own unofficial spouse’s club! Check out the photos below to see how many of our gals are married to or dating active duty and retired members of the armed forces.

Veteran's Day 2016

We couldn’t be more proud of all the veterans and active duty military members that are part of the Mosquito Joe system. A sincere thank you to all who have served to protect this country.

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5 Tips for Coping with Daylight Savings Time

In 1964, The Rolling Stones sang “Time is on my side, yes it is, time is on my side.” This is a rather appropriate song to have stuck in your head this week as it’s time to turn those clocks back one hour this Saturday night. November 5, 2016 marks Daylight Savings Time, and while that means one more hour of sleep, it also means that winter is on the way. Because change is difficult for some people (even the smallest of changes), here are some ideas for dealing with “falling back” in time!

  • Wake up at a normal time on Sunday. It’s tempting to take advantage of the extra hour and catch up on sleep, but doing so can actually cause you to oversleep and throw off your sleep schedule for days (like jetlag but without the travel). Instead, wake up at your normal hour and go for a walk or make a nice cup of coffee to get the day going.
  • Try to avoid naps, especially longer than 30 minutes. Similarly to jetlag, the best way to get over the drowsy tired feeling is to get back on your regular sleep routine as quickly as possible. Long naps during the day will make it more difficult to sleep at night, further preventing you from overcoming the time change.
  • Take advantage of the sunshine (if you can). It’s common to feel groggy or out of sorts for the first few days after setting the clocks back. Getting outside in the sunshine can help boost your mood, reorient your body’s clock, and get November off to a better start.
  • Get some exercise! A walk, bike ride, or jog can help shake that lethargic feeling. It can also help you catch some rays and spend time with family/friends before you kick off the week.
  • If you have kids, try to use this week to gradually adjust the schedule back by small increments (10-15 minutes) rather than just taking the large hour jump back on Sunday. Then, keep your kids to the same schedule as usual so that transitioning back into the school week isn’t such a drag.

If you do take this opportunity to spend some extra time outdoors, remember to call your local Mosquito Joe to make your yard a mosquito-free space. Mosquitoes can breed and thrive until temperatures are consistently below 55 degrees fahrenheit, which is weeks away for many parts of the country! And letting mosquitoes breed and then lay eggs to hibernate throughout the winter will make the springtime an itchy nightmare. Contact your local Mosquito Joe for a free quote and information about our services.

Don’t forget to set the clocks back one hour this Saturday!

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Last Minute DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Here in Virginia Beach, the weather is perfect for pumpkin picking and trick-or-treating which is only a few days away! Oops, did you forget that Halloween is next week? While some people have costumes prepared months in advance, others may be scrambling for things to wear to Halloween parties and trick-or-treating this weekend. And your kid’s decision to be Batman three months ago may have changed a dozen times between then and now, leaving you with some creative sewing to do!

Well, no need to fear, Mosquito Joe is here to help with some last-minute, do-it-yourself costume ideas for everybody! Whether you’re looking for a solo costume, something to wear as a group, or something for the little ones, these costumes are sure to catch some attention for their creativity and simplicity.

Halloween Costume Ideas for Couples/Groups

  • Google Maps – Never get lost again with this hilarious costume that lets you and a partner be point A and point B on a Google Maps route. All you need are cardboard and markers for the headpiece and some yellow duct tape, a printer, and tape to create the street view on your shirt.DIY Halloween Costume
  • Fruit of the Loom – I give full credit for this costume idea to my parents who wore it to a Halloween party a few years ago. The essence of this costume for all members includes balloons, tights, a hat, and gloves of the same color. Apply the balloons to each person with some tape, and you’re on your way!
  • Three blind mice – Perhaps the most famous of nursery rhyme trios, the Three Blind Mice make for a simple and hilarious Halloween costume. Grey long-sleeved shirts and leggings, walking canes, sunglasses, and mouse ears are all you need to complete this look.

Halloween Costume Ideas for Singles

  • Brawny man – It couldn’t get much easier than this costume that only requires a red and black flannel shirt, jeans, work boots, and a roll of paper towels (still in the wrapper).
  • Operation game man – People love Halloween costumes that play on fun childhood memories. And what better way to play on them than to become the subject of a great (and very annoying) board game from the ’60s – Operation! You’ll need a nude colored shirt and leggings, red and white construction paper, and some tongs. The great thing about this is no buzzing sound!
  • Bags of jelly beans – Use sharpies on a clear plastic bag to draw a jelly bean picture or logo of your choosing. Then wrap yourself in the bag, cut out head, arm, and leg holes just big enough to fit through, and fill the bag with colored balloons!

Halloween Costume Ideas For Kids

  • DIY Halloween CostumeBoxes of candy – You are what you eat, right? So why not transform the kids into their favorite candy for the night? Find a cardboard box large enough to comfortably fit your child, and color the outside according to whichever candy wrapper you’d like. Then cut head and arm holes into the box, and you’re done! A matching pair of tights and gloves adds a nice finishing touch.
  • Stick figure – A white shirt and pants, black electrical tape, a piece of paper, string, and a marker are all you need for this one. Draw a simple stick figure face on the paper, cut it out in a circle, and tie it around the head to cover the face. Then place electrical tape on the shirt and pants to create a stick figure image. It’s best to do the last step while your child is wearing the outfit so everything lines up accordingly.
  • Carl from “Up” – This costume idea is a real crowd pleaser as Up is one of the most beloved Pixar movies ever made. A brown sweater, white shirt, red bow tie, brown pants, and square glasses will be needed to make the outfit. You can make a small walker by using pvc pipe and placing tennis balls on the end. To complete the look, tie a few colored balloons around your child’s waist. Don’t worry, they won’t float away!

We could go on and on about creative Halloween costume ideas to fulfill your last minute needs. If you’re still stuck, you can even ask Siri! That’s right, the new iPhone update will provide DIY costume ideas when you ask Siri what you should be for Halloween. My personal favorite: dress in all black, and stand in front of people all night. You’ll be an eclipse.

Happy Halloween from your friends at Mosquito Joe! We’d love to hear about your costume ideas, so don’t forget to comment here and post on our Facebook page. And if you are still in need of mosquito control services this year, call your local Mosquito Joe for service. Many of our southern locations will continue to operate for weeks to come!

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