West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease: Updated Numbers

A recent article from Business Insider caught my attention: The Most Dangerous Animal in the World Can Fit on Your Fingertip had me clicking to find out what this creature could be, so imagine my surprise (even as someone who considers themselves an expert on the annoying buzzers) when I saw that it was indeed, the mosquito. So often we discuss how irritating these bugs can be and how they can hinder our outdoor fun, but they can also cause illness and disease.

In July, the last time we wrote about West Nile Virus, there had been cases reported in ten states. Just last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their reports and there have been 890 human cases in 45 states. It is be hard to believe in just 2 short months the numbers have increased that significantly. West Nile Virus is usually spread by mosquitoes and can cause serious neurological problems, so it is important to be wary of the symptoms. You can read our past blog post to read more detailed information about the disease and its symptoms.

Vector borne diseases don’t stop there. Lyme Disease this year has been on the up-tick (pun intended). In past years, the number of confirmed cases of Lyme Disease in the U.S. has been between 20,000 to 30,000. But this year at the 2013 International Conference on Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases, the CDC released new information which explained the number is actually around 300,000! That is ten times higher than what was originally thought. This year was so big for ticks, scientists discovered a whole new virus spread by the little bloodsuckers. Heartland Virus is now on the radar as yet another disease spread by one of the insects we protect you and your four legged friends against.

We have entered the Autumn season which may make you let your guard down against vector borne disease, but with the weather fluctuating between warm and cool, these mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks can still be an issue. Mosquito Joe is still working to make sure you’re safe with our mosquito control services, but pay attention to the news in your area. If you live in an area where Lyme Disease has been an issue or where West Nile has been confirmed, take extra precautions such as long sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors, and eliminating standing water in your yard, a mosquito’s favorite breeding ground. We want outside to be fun and safe!

Photo Credit: Center for Disease Control and Prevention


Top Reasons to Join Mosquito Joe Now

Mosquito Joe truckMosquito Joe is experiencing amazing growth, providing mosquito control services for neighborhoods across the country and bringing relief from pesky bugs like mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. This year we’ve opened fifteen locations in ten states and we couldn’t be more excited about what the next year will bring. If you’ve been thinking about a new business opportunity, we hope the next year includes you.

The mosquito control industry is an emerging, high growth market experiencing widespread acceptance as a service homeowners and businesses value and desire. The news about West Nile Disease and other vector borne illnesses are popping up almost daily and mosquito populations are thriving. A Mosquito Joe franchise is a high margin, seasonal business opportunity that can be run from virtually any home or office. It’s a great stand-alone business but also nicely complements an existing business. And if you join us before November 1, you can save $2,500 on our already low franchise fee.

Top Reasons to Join Mosquito Joe Before The End of 2013
Contact us soon to take advantage of the following opportunities:

  • Meet our fast-growing group of franchise partners at our Annual Convention in January and learn from their experience.
  • Be trained and ready to showcase your business at home shows in your area. These typically take place early in the year and are a great way to get customers and build brand awareness in your community.
  • Save $2,500 if you sign by the end of October — our one-time franchise fee will increase from $7,500 to $10,000 effective November 1, 2013.

Save on a Mosquito Joe franchise

This is definitely an opportunity you can’t afford to miss, and who doesn’t want to be the neighborhood hero? Give us a call today at 855-564-6563 or take the first step by filling out our online information request form.




Remembering September 11, 2001

“You can be sure that the American spirit will prevail over this tragedy.” –Colin Powell

There are certain moments that define a generation. And those moments are embedded in your brain because you can recall exactly where you were when it happened, what you were doing, and who you were with. Some people have a few, and younger generations may only have one. Maybe it was when Kennedy was assassinated, or maybe it was when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, but for most people who are reading this, September 11, 2001 was a life changing moment. The terrorist attacks in New York City were unspeakable acts of violence on our country that have stayed with all of us. Around the MoJo office this month we’ve been sharing our own 9/11 stories and how we commemorate that day.

“Our youngest daughter was born on that day in 1991 and until September 11, 2001 it was celebrated with birthday cake, pool parties, and special gifts. September 11, 2001 was going to be like the many that came before it. However, in an instant, like so many others, a young girl’s life was changed forever. Her birthday would never be the same again. Our family struggled with the desire to be happy and celebrate for our daughter’s sake and balance that with the somber need to remember and memorialize those that were lost. We celebrate every year, not only our daughter’s birthday with cake and a celebration but we also have a cake and light a candle to celebrate the birthdays of each of the victims that died that day.”
– Denise Morris, Mosquito Joe of Virginia Beach-Norfolk

“My 9/11 story actually occurred on September 10, 2011.  I was flying as a Boeing 737 Captain for US Airways and we were landing at New York’s LaGuardia airport.  As we approached runway 22, the airplane in front of us did not clear the runway in time for us to land, so the control tower instructed us to “Go Around”.  That means we add power, climb back up and fly around for another approach…The standard approach for LaGuardia on clear days is normally up the Hudson by the Statue of Liberty and a turn around to land south on runway 22.  On this flight, my co-pilot was flying the plane.  As we went around and neared the south end of Manhattan we had a spectacular view of the World Trade Center.  I got on the PA system and said, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Captain speaking.  It’s two-for-one tour day today in New York.  As we turn up the Hudson River, off the right side of the airplane is the World Trade Center and the best view you’ll ever see of those two buildings.’ The next day I sat stunned as I watched the buildings fall that I had flown over only about 12 hours earlier.  I’ve often wondered how many passengers on that plane recall that moment and realized that it was not only the best view of those two buildings, but also the last.”
– Kurt Godwin, Mosquito Joe of Howard County

Every day we are grateful for those who serve our country and those who serve in our communities to keep us safe. Today, we remember those who lost their life in the September 11 attacks. We remember their friends and families and all those who pitched in and saved lives in the hours and days around the attacks. We are proud to stand tall as Americans in the face of such tragedies, and we will continue to keep all our fellow Americans in our thoughts and prayers.

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Meet A Joe: Meet Mosquito Joe of West Richmond

**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!**

Today we’d like to introduce you to Robert Rummells, a retired Army Ranger who hails from Iowa.

Meet Robert Rummells of Mosquito Joe of West Richmond, VA

Robert has admitted he’s not a “cubicle kind of guy,” so when he was researching the perfect franchise opportunity, he knew it couldn’t be just any business opportunity.

Army Ranger Zoned in on Mosquitoes

Originally from a small town in Iowa called West Branch, Robert was living in Los Angeles playing semi-professional football for the San Fernando Valley Freelancers, where he met and married his wife Christine. After playing football for one year, on January 14, 1988, Robert enlisted in the United States Army where he became an Army Ranger and was assigned to the 1st Ranger Battalion at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, GA.  Robert retired from the US Army in March 2009 after a 22 year career.

After he retired from the Army, Robert still felt a strong urge to serve the community he lived in. This brought him to serving as Chief of Staff for Delegate John Welch in the General Assembly of Virginia in Richmond, specifically in the House of Delegates (e.g. Representatives in other states). So after two decades in the military and almost ten years in politics, what would be next for this non-desk guy who really enjoyed being an integral part of the community in which he lived? There was a job fair for military veterans in February 2013 and that is where the bug was put in his ear about Mosquito Joe! It was the perfect fit, working for himself, being outside, and bringing relief to the residents of Richmond from pesky bugs.

For three years, I had been searching the internet for a franchise opportunity. It came down to six or seven companies, but there always seemed to be one or two areas lacking that just didn’t fit the bill….Mosquito Joe is very turn-key. Though my list of to-do’s has been lengthy, there’s been help every single step of the way. It’s been wonderful having such a good support system for the business.”

Christine Rummells of Mosquito Joe of West RichmondDon’t worry, he didn’t forget Christine. Together they launched Mosquito Joe of West Richmond in May and once they hit the ground running, they never looked back. Rummells was even featured in Bloomberg Businessweek on his post-military career of making the mosquito his new enemy. He has goals to expand in the Richmond area and maybe even bring Mosquito Joe to his hometown in Iowa.

We couldn’t be happier to have Robert and Murph as part of the Mosquito Joe family and wish them the best of luck. If you’re interested in mosquito control services in the Richmond, VA area to rid your yard of pesky mosquitoes, ticks and fleas, visit the Mosquito Joe of West Richmond website or call their office at 804-767-5220 ext. 859 for more information or a free quote.