Meet A Joe: Thomas Bartolomeo

*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!*

Thomas is one of the few Mosquito Joe Corporate team members that is originally from the Hampton Roads area. With his hard work and dedication, this homegrown Joe has been able to assist numerous franchisees across the country in realizing their goal of becoming business owners.

Here are some fun facts about Thomas:

What led you to work for Mosquito Joe?

A former coworker took a position with Mosquito Joe and raved about the company culture and values. When I was looking to make a career change it was one of the first places I looked at and jumped at the opportunity.

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

Working with franchisees is incredibly rewarding. For many franchisees Mosquito Joe is the realization of a dream of owning their own business and being their own boss. To play a part in helping them achieve their goals is awesome.

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

I really enjoy working on projects. I’ve been able to add value to projects such as our annual Convention, new office site selection, and vendor integration.

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

Stop smacking yourself in the face. It’s even on the back of my business cards! I think it does a great job of integrating the service we provide and the fun nature of our brand.

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

Chris Pratt. We look nothing alike but he just seems like someone you’d want to hang out with. If it’s a biopic about my life, he’d definitely want to meet me before taking the part and that can mark the start of our friendship.

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

I would like to go island hopping in the South Pacific, places like Vanuatu and Palau. I’ve always wanted to compete on Survivor, so in addition to spending time on beautiful beaches, this will help me acclimate to the climate and give me a leg up on the competition.

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

I really enjoy hiking. Unfortunately, I don’t get to do enough of it since the terrain in Virginia Beach isn’t really fit for it. I’ve made some trips to western Virginia and even as far south as Georgia to hike some really superb trails. It’s also great bonding time with my miniature dachshund Otto. People are always surprised that he can cover those distances with his short legs but I tire out quicker than him!

How attracted are mosquitoes to you?

Have you ever seen a Chick-Fil-A drive-through during the lunch rush? That’s how mosquitoes line up the second I step outside in the summer.

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

Some sort of water purification device, a volleyball named Wilson, and my hair products so I can look fresh when the rescue ship arrives.

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Easy New Year’s Resolutions for 2019

 

A new year is upon us which means it’s time to start brainstorming resolutions for 2019. Coming up with a resolution that you’ll stick with for the entire year is a daunting task. We’re here to help you come up with some simple ideas for things you can do to make 2019 your healthiest, most productive and fun year yet!

Drink more water.

With coffee, soda and other drinks available, sometimes it’s hard to get the amount of water your body needs. In general, health professionals recommend women consume 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids and men consume 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of water every day.

Sound like a hard goal to reach? There are ways you can set yourself up for success and help you meet that benchmark. The Hidrate Spark water bottle tracks the amount of water you drink and even reminds you when it’s time to take another sip. Make drinking your water fun turning it into a game with the app, Plant Nanny. Logging your water intake helps your virtual plant thrive and grow.

Less screen time.

In the digital age of computers, tablets, cell phones and TVs, limiting screen time or disconnecting all together could be a rewarding resolution. A study showed that Americans, on average, spend 10 hours per day interacting with a device.

Because these devices are ingrained in our lives, cutting ties might be difficult. However, there are ways to ease into this resolution. Start with scheduling time to be unplugged. Whether you turn off your phone an hour before going to bed or tuning off the TV while having dinner, making time to disconnect can help with his goal. Downloading an app like Flipd that will encourage you to stay off your phone and get into the moment.

Eat more fruits and vegetables.

It is recommended that adults have at least 3 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit per day. There are tricky ways to substitute vegetable alternatives for things that you eat and add fruit in meals you already have.

Things like zucchini noodles and cauliflower rice are guilt-free ways to make you feel like you’re eating starchy foods like pasta and rice. Swap your hamburger bun and bread on your sandwich for lettuce wraps or even buns fashioned out of sweet potatoes!

Adding berries to yogurt or a banana to cereal in the morning ensures you’re starting the morning with fruit. Blending up a smoothie with a fruit medley is a great way to get a lot of fruit in one serving. Craving something sweet after dinner? Grapes or pineapple are sweet fruits that will trick you into thinking you’re having a decadent dessert!

Spend more time outside.

Whether it’s at school or work, you and your family likely spend a lot of time indoors. There are numerous activities you can partake in to get outside.

Vowing to take a 30 minute walk each day or eating your lunch under a tree or on a park bench are ways to start getting outside. Taking a camping trip with friends and family is a fun way to have a quick getaway and spend time in nature. Starting an outdoor hobby like gardening will not only help you get outside but will beautify your home!

Get prepared for summer weather now so you’re able to take full advantage of your yard when temperatures warm back up. Give your local Mosquito Joe a call to schedule mosquito barrier treatments for 2019 so your new year is an itch-free one! If your local Mosquito Joe is offering a pre-pay discount, you could save big when you pay for the 2019 season in advance.

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Tick Tips – What You Need To Know

 

With increasing evidence that ticks are capable of withstanding cold temperatures, these pests are becoming a year-round problem. Therefore, understanding the risks ticks pose and the best strategies to remove them are of great importance, even in the fall and winter months.

How to Prevent Against Tick Bites

  • Know where ticks hide. Ticks live in tall grass and wooded areas. Hunting, gardening or spending time in your backyard are all activities where you, your family and your pets could pick up ticks.
  • Dress to avoid ticks. Wearing long sleeves and long pants, tucking socks into boots and wearing light colored clothing can help prevent tick bites.
  • Utilize Mosquito Joe barrier treatments as an added layer of defense. Regular barrier treatments from Mosquito Joe eliminate ticks and give you and your family peace of mind.

Tick Prevention Techniques

How to Check for Ticks

Ticks can be as small as the tip of a pencil. Because they like to hide in warm places, they’re usually hidden and are difficult to find. Check these places once coming back indoors to ensure you don’t have any lingering ticks.

  • Under the arms
  • In and around ears
  • Inside belly button
  • Back of the knees
  • In and around hair
  • Between legs
  • Around the waist

Be sure to inspect outside gear and pets for ticks that could have latched on while outside. Additionally, throw clothing in the dryer for 10 minutes to remove ticks. Taking a shower within two hours of being outdoors helps wash off unattached ticks and decreases the chance of contracting tick-borne disease.

How to Properly Remove a Tick

  1. Don’t panic! Grab a pair of tweezers with a fine tip. This will be the best tool to remove the small insect.
  2. Pull upward using steady, even pressure. Using this motion will ensure that the mouth-parts of the tick don’t break off and remain in the skin. If this does happen, use the fine-tipped tweezers to remove the mouth-parts.
  3. Clean the bite. Use rubbing alcohol or soap and water to clean your hands, the infected area and your tweezers.
  4. Dispose of the tick. Place the tick in alcohol, put it in a sealed container, wrap it in tape or flush it down the toilet. Don’t crush the tick between your fingers as it could still transmit disease.
  5. Following up: check on the bite. If you develop a rash, fever or any of the other symptoms associated with tick-borne disease, seek medical assistance. Tell your doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred and where you acquired the bite.

Know the Symptoms of Tick-borne Illness

There are numerous diseases that are caused by ticks. Knowing what types of ticks are prevalent in your area can help you better understand the risks of certain diseases. Fever, chills, aches and pains are common across most tick-borne illnesses. However, many of the diseases have different and distinctive rashes. Knowing what to look for could help you identify early signs of Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI) or tularemia.

To add an added layer of defense against your outdoor space, contact your local Mosquito Joe today to enjoy a bite-free yard! We have special services that add against ticks and other pests, so let us help you protect yourself and your family throughout the year.

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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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