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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Lucky Kansas City Resident Wins Mosquito-Free Yard for a Year!

And the winner is…

Congratulations to Molly W. from Kansas City, MO who won our 2016 contest for an entire season of free mosquito control treatments!  Molly gets to enjoy this great prize starting next spring with a mosquito-free yard throughout the year.  Friends and family will be flocking to Molly’s yard for barbecues and get-togethers without worrying about pests and bites!

We want to thank everyone who entered the contest this year. Even though we could only choose one winner, Mosquito Joe would still love to help make outside fun again for everyone by ensuring your outdoor space is mosquito-free! While the weather is cooling off in some areas of the country, mosquitoes thrive in temperatures as cool as 55 degrees, which is still weeks or even months away for some. Mosquitoes can lay eggs, hibernate, and survive throughout the winter, making next summer a nightmare for those who ended treatment too soon. Getting sprayed now will dramatically reduce that mosquito annoyance come next season. Call your local Mosquito Joe today for more information and to sign up for service.

Mosquito Joe provides synthetic and all-natural spray options for residences, commercial properties and special events. Sprays last for up to three weeks with no contract required. Contact your local Mosquito Joe today for a quote and enjoy getting outside!

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How Mosquito Joe is Giving Back This Holiday Season

It may be the season of food comas, extreme bargain hunting, and awkward family encounters, but it’s also the season of giving.  Mosquito Joe highly values giving back to local communities, and we encourage all of our franchisees to do the same.  After all the shopping and eating that took place last week, we would like to take a minute to recognize some of our franchise owners and their charitable contributions across the country.  Feel free to use these ideas to jumpstart your own holiday giving tradition!

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Mosquito Joe of Northwest Dallas-Fort Worth collected canned food and non-perishable items throughout the month of October for the North Texas Food Bank.  They made their delivery of over 150 items last week.

 

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 recently made a donation to Buy a Tree. Change a Life. in partnership with Life Pointe Church in Homestead FL, and People for Care & Learning.  This organization donates 100% of proceeds from Christmas tree purchases to families both locally and globally.

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Mosquito Joe of South Miami partnered with the Miami Rescue Mission for the Pack the Pantry food drive.  They collected donations from customers to feed over 250,000 homeless people and matched the donations with their own canned foods.  And because no dog should be left hungry around the holidays either, in the coming weeks they are donating dog food to their local humane society.

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Mosquito Joe of Annapolis made their second annual donation to the Maryland Food Bank.  In total, they delivered 182 items weighing in at 166 pounds, which went to feed the hungry for Thanksgiving.  They plan to make this an annual partnership with the local Food Bank to make the holidays a little easier for those in need.

 

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Mosquito Joe of Virginia Beach is participating in Toys for Tots for the second year in a row. Last year we were able to deliver several boxes of new, unopened toys for children and we’re hoping to collect even more this year.  We’ll be accepting donations at our corporate office and picking up donations from customers between now and December 23.  Several members of our Corporate staff will also be wrapping gifts with the The Helpers Organization this month as a fundraiser to assist the local Homeless Prevention Program.

 

 

Mosquito Joe of SW Nashville is working with Nothing But Nets, a charitable organization supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Basketball Association. They provide insecticide treated mosquito bed nets for families in Africa to help in reducing the number of deaths caused by malaria. They purchased 20 nets this month and will purchase one net for every treatment their customers purchase in April of 2016.

We are very proud of our Mosquito Joe franchisees and the efforts they’re making this holiday season to give a little bit back to their communities.  As 2015 comes to a close, we are very grateful for all of our success this year and are looking forward to an even better year in 2016!  For those lucky enough to still be enjoying warm weather, check out this blog post for a list of Mosquito Joe locations still in operation.

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A Veteran’s Day Salute

 

Veteran’s Day is a chance for us to honor the bravery and service for U.S. service members, past and Family Shotpresent. At the Mosquito Joe corporate office in Virginia Beach, we’re privileged to be right down the street from the largest Naval Base in the world, which puts us in some pretty amazing company in our community. It is such a privilege to live among many of those who have given so much for our country. When someone joins the armed forces, they dedicate themselves to protect the community they love. 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 second year, we were mentioned in the Franchise Business Review’s Top Franchises for Veterans report.

When we stopped to reflect on living among so many veterans, we realized we worked among them too! Pictured to the right with his wife Melissa, and kids Connor and Ruby after returning from a deployment aboard the USS Eisenhower in 2009 is Captain Brian Garrison. Brian retired in 2012 after serving over twenty years in the U.S. Navy and now serves as our Chief Operating Officer. Our own GI Joe was even featured in this month’s Entrepreneur Magazine in an article titled Call of Duty. It’s a great article about how military skills transition well to owning a franchise. He’s the perfect guy to head up our operations team, yes? We’re so glad he’s on the Mosquito Joe team and immensely grateful for his service.

Also a fun fact about veterans and the corporate office? We’ve got our own unofficial spouse’s club! Check out the photos below to see how many of our gals are married to active duty and retired members of the armed forces.

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Marketing Assistant Julie Green with her son Mason and husband James, who is currently serving aboard the USS Theordore Roosevelt.
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Director of Marketing Angela Zerda Paules with husband Lt. Commander Greg Paules, H-53 helicopter pilot at Norfolk Naval Station.
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Director of Local Operations Denise Morris with her husband, retired Master Chief Homer Morris, who served 24 years in the United States Navy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet a Joe: David Barrett

*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 the newest member of our corporate team, David Barrett.  David attended Hampden-Sydney College and worked at a marketing agency after graduating in 2013.  A Virginia Beach native, David joins Mosquito Joe as a financial analyst.  He will be assisting our Financial Director (Joe Money) in accounting, budget management, vendor relationships, and franchisee support.  We are so excited to have David on our team, and even more excited that we have someone to do all of the math!

Here are a few more fun facts about David we’ve learned over the last few weeks:

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

The majority of my outdoor time is spent with my dog, Emma. She is my personal trainer and travel guide because she is full of energy and always hungry to explore exotic new locations. When I’m not with Emma, chances are you can find me on a tennis court or trying to get back into running shape.

How attractive are you to mosquitoes?

On a 1 to 5 scale of mosquito attractiveness, I’d say I’m a 3. My survival strategy is to find a 4 or a 5 to stand next to at all times when outdoors.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

As an aspiring collector of watches, I like to silently judge people based on what they have on their wrists. But if you are asking my friends and family, they will likely tell you that my guilty pleasure is subjecting them to hours of Dave Matthews Band concerts on YouTube.

What is your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

My favorite tagline is “Outside is fun again.” It reminds me how we should all spend more quality time outside. Too often we lock ourselves inside watching hours of the latest TV show or cat videos. I’m absolutely guilty of this. It’s time we take back the outdoors and have some fun!

Welcome to the MoJo family, David!

 

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