Meet a Joe: Meredith Flora

*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!*

From the Roanoke area of Virginia, Meredith Flora joined the Mosquito Joe marketing team in May of 2018. Meredith has quickly become our PR expert and has managed quite a bit of the Neighborly integration . She leads the team in all of our philanthropic efforts and has a passion for giving back to the community. When she’s not at work, Meredith loves browsing Yelp, trying new restaurants and shopping for skincare products!

Now, let’s dive in deep and really get to know Meredith.

What led you to work for Mosquito Joe?

I was looking for an opportunity that allowed me to utilize all the skills I’d gained from prior experiences. The Marketing Specialist role with Mosquito Joe has given me the chance to do all the things I loved in my previous jobs while still challenging me to learn something new every day.

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

It’s great to be able to champion franchisees through their public relations. It’s so rewarding to see franchise owners out in their communities. Whether it’s educating the public about outdoor pests and vector-borne disease, participating in local events or giving back through philanthropy, I enjoy being able to help franchisees promote their businesses.

What are the biggest strengths professionally that you bring to the Mosquito Joe team?

I’m a pretty quick learner. I feel like I’m a bit of chameleon and I can take on pretty much any task.

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

“Tired of being the main course?” I’m a total foodie – I’d much rather eat an entrée than be one!

If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Definitely Jennifer Lawrence. As much as I’d like to believe we look similar, don’t think the likeness is there. But I think she’d capture my essence well since she’s laid-back and super cool.

If you could plan your ultimate vacation, where would you go?

My bucket list trip would be traveling through countries in the Mediterranean. Not only are the views absolutely gorgeous but the food looks incredible.

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

With a beer in my hand! I like going to outdoor concerts, enjoy hanging out at the beach and grilling out with friends and family. A cold one goes great with all of those activities!

How attracted are mosquitoes to you?

Mosquitoes like me a little too much. I told them I’d rather just be friends, but they keep bugging me!

If you were shipwrecked, what three items would you want to land on shore with you?

A solar panel phone charger, my iPhone and headphones – I have hours of playlists downloaded on Spotify to keep me preoccupied!

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Fall Outdoor Activities

 

With the weather cooling down it may seem like it’s time to come indoors, but this isn’t true! There are plenty of outdoor activities that you and your family can enjoy that are complimentary to the fall weather. For many of us, our fondest childhood memories of fall include playing in giant piles of leaves. Bring that nostalgia to your home this fall by checking out this list of activities you can enjoy:

Go on an apple farm tour!

We can’t mention fall without thinking of apples. From warm apple pie to crisp apple cider, learn more about how these treats are created on your local farm. With Thanksgiving around the corner, this a great opportunity to find out the specifics of each kind of apple and how you can incorporate them into your regular meals. You know what they say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” We won’t judge if it’s a candy apple.

Go to a sports game!

Fall sports season means football and basketball are constantly on the television in most homes. Why not join the fun and attend the games in person? From local high school games to professional leagues, there are plenty of ways to check out these exciting sports. You can make it a competition among your family to see which team wins or bring the whole family together for your home team. Own a grill? Another way to enjoy your favorite sports teams is to tailgate outside of the game with your friends and family. Nothing makes new friends faster than good food and sports trash talk!

Go on a hike!

One of the best things about fall is the beautiful colors. In areas like Asheville, North Carolina people travel from hours away to get a glimpse of the leaves changing. But you don’t have to take a road trip to enjoy the scenery. You can use sites such as Trail Link to find hiking trails in your area. With the crisp fall air and an open trail, this could be a great physical activity for the whole family!

Go to a festival!

For most communities, fall is the perfect time for festivals, fairs and parades. Most areas have fall festivals where you can shop local vendors, hear local performers, and enjoy the weather with your neighbors. If you prefer the thrill of theme park rides and the smell of deep-fried treats, check to see when your state fair comes to town. If you’re a fan of spectacle and show, you can check your city’s events calendar for information on upcoming parades. All the floats and performances make for a great outing, especially if you have younger children.

Take family photos!

Grab your kids and plan your matching outfits! Fall weather makes a picturesque background for family photos. You can make this fun for the whole family by challenging everyone to find the best location for your pictures. This is an opportunity to work with a local photographer who will be able to capture the essence of the scenery and your family. If you own a camera, you can also find out who’s the photographer of the family by having everyone take photos of each other. Be sure to take them early in the day since it gets dark early!

Fall is such a great season to spend quality time with the ones you love. For more ideas on outdoor activities, take a look at lists such as this one. Make it fun by seeing who can come up with the best idea! To keep your outdoor spaces mosquito, flea, and tick free during the fall, click here to find your local Mosquito Joe.

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Celebrities Living with Lyme Disease

 

Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in United States. There are over 30,000 cases of the tick-borne illness reported each year. Among those are celebrities we frequently see on TV or on magazine covers; others are sports icons and some are Grammy award winners.

 Members of the Hadid Family

Yolanda Hadid, of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fame, has been vocal about her battle with Lyme disease. Yolanda has published a book chronicling her experience living with the illness entitled “Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease.” Recently, the former model admitted after nearly a year of remission, her symptoms have returned. At the Global Lyme Alliance,Yolanda said she realizes “the higher purpose of [her] journey is to continue to bring awareness to this awful disease until the change is made.” Her children, Bella and Anwar Hadid, also have the chronic illness.

Shania Twain

The country singer opened up about her struggle with Lyme disease in July 2018, stating she suffered from dysphonia which affected her vocal cords. The disease kept her from touring and even singing. “I never thought I would sing again,” Twain said. Thanks to physical therapy and vocal training, Twain has released a new album and resumed touring.

Alec Baldwin

Nearly 18 years ago, the actor was bitten by an infected tick. The result was numerous bouts of severe Lyme disease symptoms. Because of his struggle, Baldwin is vigilant in checking his children for ticks after they’ve been outdoors. “I want my kids to grow up riding horses and bikes and enjoying themselves every day and not have to spend every day with us going over them with a magnifying glass to make sure they don’t have any ticks on their body or their dogs, but that is part of the lifestyle of where I live,” he said.

Avril Lavigne

In a letter to fans, Lavigne revealed she had been fighting Lyme disease. The singer started The Avril Lavigne Foundation in 2010 to support causes such as Race to Erase MS, Special Olympics and UNICEF, in addition to Lyme disease. In October 2018, Lavigne joined the Board of Directors for the Global Lyme Alliance. Her most recent album, “Head Above Water,” addresses her battle with the chronic disease. “This is me and my fight. This album tells my story,” Lavigne said.

Kris Kristofferson

Kristofferson’s doctors originally told him his deteriorating memory was due to Alzheimer’s disease. After many years of strenuous testing, it was clear the singer had been misdiagnosed; after a positive test for Lyme disease, his symptoms were correctly identified. With the proper treatment, Kristofferson’s condition improved. A friend said of the iconic artist, “Kris is as sharp as he’s been in the past 20 years because of his treatments.”

Tom Seaver

In 1991, the former New York Mets pitcher was diagnosed with Lyme disease. At the time, “Tom Terrific” lived in Greenwich, CT and spent the majority of his time outdoors, which is how he contracted the illness. The Baseball Hall of Fame member described the disease’s symptoms as “the worst case of the flu every day.”

The symptoms of those suffering from Lyme disease are different but the cause of the illness is the same: infected ticks. These celebrities give visibility to Lyme disease and advocate for treatment and a cure. Visit Mosquito Joe online to learn more about Lyme disease and our available treatment options that provide a layer of defense against ticks to your yard.

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