National Joe Day

These days it seems like there is a national day for everything; national buffet day, national punctuation day, and national melon day, just to name a few. Luckily, whoever is in charge of creating these days didn’t leave Mosquito Joe out!  This Sunday marks National Joe Day, and while it isn’t an official national holiday, it is widely celebrated each year on March 27th.

The exact origin of National Joe Day is a little fuzzy, but its roots are said to be Scottish.  “Joe” originally meant sweetheart or valentine, but has transformed over generations to its modern day use for the everyman or regular guy.  You’ve probably heard it used as Average Joe, Joe-schmo, or Regular Joe.  And who doesn’t like celebrating an underdog?

The typical way to celebrate National Joe Day is to call yourself and everyone else Joe or Josephina for the day.  If Joe is too boring, you can always spice it up a little bit by naming yourself after a famous Joe character like G.I. Joe or Joe Cool.  You can always take some inspiration from our Corporate staff’s nicknames that include Cup of Joe, Joe Money, and Joe Mama.  National Joe Day celebrations aren’t set in stone, so embrace your inner regular Joe and use these ideas to celebrate the day with us!

How to Celebrate National Joe Day

  1. Be Joe for a Day – As previously mentioned, most people celebrate by changing their name to Joe for a day.  You can even wear a name tag to help and encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to do the same!
  2. Buy a Cup of Joe – Since “joe” can also mean coffee, today is the perfect day to treat yourself and others to a brew.  Make sure you tell them the name for the order is Joe (it’s pretty hard to spell that wrong!)  If you’d like to go the extra mile, you can offer to pay for the next person in line.  Then you’ll be a generous Joe for the rest of the day!Joe Cool
  3. Become Joe Cool – If your day-to-day environment allows, you can dress up like Charles Schulz’s iconic character Joe Cool from the Peanuts comic strips.  Snoopy’s alter-ego was a hip college student known to wear sunglasses, a “Joe Cool” sweater, and refer to himself in the third person all day.  While it might be annoying to those around you, this could be a fun way to celebrate.
  4. Give a G.I. Joe Some Love – G.I. Joe became a popular term during World War II to refer to the regular soldier (Government Issued Joe).  Although there are national holidays dedicated to our soldiers, it’s never too often to recognize their service.  Whether you simply thank active service members and veterans for their sacrifices or you volunteer with a military organization, National Joe Day is a great opportunity to give a little nod to our men and women in uniform.

Of course, the best way to honor National Joe Day is to give your local Mosquito Joe a call, so we can help you enjoy your backyard all summer long.  We are looking forward to warm weather, sunshine, and getting those MoJo vans back out in your neighborhood, if they aren’t already there.  Let us know on Facebook how you celebrated the day.  Happy National Joe Day from Mosquito Joe!


Easter Magic, Mosquito Free

I grew up on the coast of North Carolina which made beach music a regular in our house. We were always listening to it as we were getting the boat ready, hosing down our patio furniture, and eagerly anticipating the good times we knew were coming thanks to warmer weather. Chairman of the Board’s “Beach Fever” with the classic line “I can’t wait ’til it’s Easter weekend ’cause I know it won’t be long before summer begins!” was not only fun to sing, it was and is true! Easter weekend, to many people, signifies the turning of the seasons and light at the end of a cold tunnel. The tulips, Easter decorations and pastel colors are a welcome sight as we bid adieu to winter.

Since Easter weekend is upon us, I thought I’d share a cute idea I found this week while looking for fun Easter ideas for my three year old.  My Frugal Adventures gives you a fun and affordable way to put a little more magic in your holiday!

Magical Jelly Bean Garden for EasterMagical Jelly Bean Garden for Easter

  1. Have your kids check the front porch or steps one afternoon for a special package. Have a plastic egg with jelly beans (you pick the number!) waiting for them.
  2. Explain that it’s time to go plant the magical beans!
  3. Have kids plant (or sprinkle so you don’t disturb the grass or plans) the beans in your yard.
  4. Then go outside and replace the beans with peeps on kabob sticks (sorry peeps) or lollipops.  You can either wait a few hours or do this at night.
  5. Watch the kids freak out!

Of course we want all gardens, magical or not, to be mosquito free this year. The temperatures are rising, and mosquitoes breed when the temperature stays above 55 degrees,  so make sure you give your local Mosquito Joe a call. The earlier you’re on the spray schedule, the sooner you can be outside swat free. Be sure to take pictures of those magical gardens this weekend and post them on our Facebook page! Happy Easter from Mosquito Joe!


First Day of Spring for Mosquito Joe

This Sunday is the first day of spring, and we are more than a little excited. Now that daylight savings has occurred, we have more time in the day to enjoy beautiful weather! This year, we have locally owned Mosquito Joe locations in 26 states ready to make outside fun again for communities. The start of spring means breaking out patio furniture, brushing off kiddie pools, and enjoying warmer temperatures, which are all things to look forward to, but we wanted to provide a few tips to help you welcome the season without welcoming the mosquitoes. These tips can also help you make the most of your Mosquito Joe barrier treatment. Anything to get more out of your mosquito control, right?

Tips and Tricks for the First Day of Spring

  • More backyard time means more kids’ toys. Make sure you’re checking any toys in your yard that can collect standing water. This is where mosquitoes breed, so you don’t want to create places for them to lay eggs!
  • Keep your grass mowed and vegetation trimmed. I know you’ve been out of practice from the winter, but mosquitoes rest in cool shady places like grass.  Keeping it short will not only help your yard,  but it keeps there from being problem areas your technician will have to address.
  • As you’re checking off to-dos on that spring cleaning list, make sure gutter cleaning is one of them. That’s a common problem for our customers. Gutters collect rainwater, and mosquitoes will breed there!
  • Call your local Mosquito Joe, of course! Most of our local Joes are in full swing scheduling for this season, and some have already started spraying. Give them a call to make sure your yard is protected this year.

And to celebrate the first day of spring, we thought we’d provide you with one of our favorite recipes for when the weather is right for grilling, sitting outside, enjoying happy hour on your patio! From the Blond Cook, we bring you the Cranberry Margarita! Happy Spring!

For the margaritas:

1 cup teqCranberry Margarita for the First Day of Springuila
1-1/2 cups cranberry juice cocktail blend
½ cup triple sec
¼ cup lime juice
Lime wedges and cranberries for garnish (optional)

For rimming the glasses:

2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg


Pour tequila, cranberry juice cocktail blend, triple sec and lime juice into a pitcher. Stir well to combine. Prepare the salt mixture by placing the kosher salt, sugar and nutmeg together in a small bowl. Stir well until well combined, then pour onto a small plate. Rub lime wedge around the edge of each glass. Dip in the salt mixture on the plate to coat. Serve margaritas over ice and garnish with cranberries and lime wedge, if desired. Enjoy your first day of spring!


Meet a Joe – Chris Phillips and Nancy Abercrombie

**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!**

Meet Chris Phillips and Nancy Abercrombie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Phillips and Nancy Abercrombie, co-owners of Mosquito Joe of the First Coast in Jacksonville, Florida.  After a 23-year career in banking, Chris dove head first into the franchising world by acquiring an American Leak Detection franchise, where he was owner for 18 years.  Chris’ retirement was cut short by Mosquito Joe after the brand’s concept and growth potential convinced him to return to franchising.

Nancy is no stranger to the business world either.  Director of Business Development at Avondale Travel, a career with American Express, and Director of Human Resources for the Duval County Supervisor of Elections are just some of the highlights on her resume.  She is a member of the local businessmen’s club and is very active in the local business community.

The husband and wife team decided to purchase a Mosquito Joe franchise after discovering the opportunity in a Wall Street Journal article.  Chris said, “It sounded like a great opportunity, and after looking further into it, I liked the idea of a seasonal business where you get to have a few months off.”  He added that although there are other pest control companies in his area, none specialize in mosquito control like Mosquito Joe does, creating a real need for his services.

When you call Mosquito Joe of the First Coast, you’re likely to be greeted by Heidi, the Office Manager.  Heidi is originally from Oshkosh, WI, but moved to Florida to become the Office Manager of Mosquito Joe.  The technicians, Curtis and Kely, provide excellent mosquito control services to their customers to help make outside fun again for everyone.

Mosquito Joe of the First Coast launched in the spring of 2015 and provides mosquito control services to Clay County, Nassau County, St. Johns County, and the greater Jacksonville area. If you’re interested in mosquito elimination services in the Jacksonville area to rid your yard of pesky mosquitoes, ticks and fleas, visit Mosquito Joe of the First Coast’s website or call their office at 904-236-4110 for more information or a free quote.

And if you live in the area, be sure to check them out next week, March 17, on First Coast Living (WTLV Channel 12) where Chris and Nancy will be talking about their business in mosquito control.  The segment will air at 11am and 2pm local time.


Zika Update with Help from Google

Google Pledges Help and Money

This morning, Google announced new initiatives aimed at slowing the spread of the Zika virus in South America with enhanced mapping data and more detailed online information about the mosquito-borne virus. They partnered with UNICEF to create a platform that can be used to map the spread of Zika and identify potential outbreaks. The tool gathers data from a range of sources, which could help governments and aid organizations to allocate their resources more efficiently. As if their blog post wasn’t already full of amazing information (awesome when a Zika update has good news!), they also announced a $1 million grant for UNICEF, which will go toward mosquito eradication, vaccine development, and awareness campaigns.

Updated Numbers from the CDC

I was glad to read a positive zika update about what they’re doing this morning, but it was also a sobering reminder that the Zika virus is still something that is and should be top of mind when it comes to health concerns in our country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of February 24, 2016 there are 107 travel-associated Zika virus cases reported in the United States. That means none of these cases have originated in the U.S. from an infected mosquito, but should be a huge consideration for those traveling to the roughly two dozen countries where Zika has been transmitted. (For a full list, check the CDC’s list of countries with active Zika transmission.)

Reading about Zika can be scary, but it’s important to remember only 1 in 5 people who are infected will actually become ill, and rarely will these people even need medical attention. The usual symptoms include headache, fever, rash, and joint pain, which last for 2-7 days on average. The threat posed to pregnant women and newborns is severe, but Zika virus is manageable in most cases. Be sure to check out these preventative steps you can take to protect yourself and your family against mosquitoes. While we aren’t experts in the medical field or the virus itself, we are experts in mosquito control and strive to always educate you on both Zika virus and how to reduce mosquito activity. Check back regularly with the Mosquito Joe Zika Virus Update page for the latest information, news, and tips to protect you and your family. Let’s all hope the new tools Google announced are going to make a huge footprint on the road of developing a vaccine and help the fight in mosquito borne illness.