Mosquito Joe Locations Still Open For Business

2016 was a great year for the Mosquito Joe franchise as a whole.  We’ve expanded into new states and territories, helped thousands more customers, and welcomed new staff members into the Corporate office to provide the best possible service to both our franchisees and customers.  If you didn’t see our big news to kick off 2017, we were ranked #26 AND #1 in category on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list! Our franchisees are making outside fun again and growing rapidly at the same time! 

Although our northern franchisees have wrapped up their mosquito season for the year, many of our southern locations are still outside battling the bloodsuckers.  Whether you feel a chill in the air or your area is holding in the seventies, mosquitoes are still a concern this time of year.  In fact, the pests can remain active and lay eggs until temperatures are consistently below 55 degrees, making outdoor activities a pain!  Check out this blog post about the importance of sprays late in the year.  Mosquito Joe can help protect your yard against mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, allowing you and your family to stay outside as long as possible.

Here is a list of the Mosquito Joe franchises still in operation.  If you are in these areas and are sick of sacrificing your outside space to these pests give your local MoJo a call.  They’ll make outside fun again for you this fall.

Alabama
Mosquito Joe of Gulf Coast Alabama

Florida
Mosquito Joe of Cape Coral
Mosquito Joe of Fort Lauderdale West
Mosquito Joe of Orlando
Mosquito Joe of Northwest Florida
Mosquito Joe of First Coast
Mosquito Joe of South Miami
Mosquito Joe of South Dade
Mosquito Joe of Palm Beach
Mosquito Joe of Tampa Bay
Mosquito Joe of Polk County

Texas
Mosquito Joe of Greater Houston
Mosquito Joe of NW Houston
Mosquito Joe of West Houston

 

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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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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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Meet a Joe: Jayme Sabo – Director of Marketing

*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, Jayme Sabo.  Jayme brings a wealth of marketing and advertising experience to Mosquito Joe after relocating to Virginia Beach from Tucson, Arizona. She has worked in both the agency world and a variety of corporate settings including financial services, real estate development, and the Indy Racing League. Jayme also worked as a consumer marketing manager for a large car wash business with more than 100 locations in ten states. Coming back to the franchise world was a perfect fit for Jayme as she grew up in a franchisee family helping her father with his ten-unit Subway franchise.

As the Director of Marketing, she not only dedicates her experience to the overall best marketing strategy for Mosquito Joe, but also to the day-to-day success of our franchisees across the country. We are so excited to have Jayme in the MoJo family and on our marketing team!

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

What is your favorite part about your position at Mosquito Joe?

With such a fun brand, excited and engaged franchisees, and an amazing staff at Corporate, there are just endless possibilities on what I’m able to explore and do. It’s a marketer’s dream job – being part of this team that is able to innovate and directly contribute to the growth of the business owners and success of the brand.

What is your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

It’s a toss-up between “Stop smacking yourself in the face.” and “Tired of being the main course?” They’re just so funny – easy to visualize and relatable.

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

I just relocated from Tucson, Arizona to Virginia Beach, so my new answer is being at the beach! I enjoy anywhere I can take my dogs and love being in the backyard for barbecues and spending time with family and friends.

If you could invite three people to a party, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

John F. Kennedy because I’d love to get his thoughts on the goings-on of today. My maternal grandfather who I never met and would love to opportunity to get to know. And Ellen DeGeneres because she’s hilarious and generous.

If you were shipwrecked, what three items would you want with you?

Solar-powered eBook reader, a water filter, and a large box of matches.

How attracted are mosquitoes to you?

If my sisters are with me, I’m not nearly as attractive to mosquitoes as they are, and I’m completely okay with that!

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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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