Meet a Joe: Josh Raulerson

*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!*

Josh comes to us from the sandy shores of Titusville, FL. Joining the corporate team in March as a graphic designer, Josh brings his passion for photography and visual arts to Mosquito Joe. His work has been used for print materials, social media, and even beer labeling! With his expertise, Josh has helped develop creative solutions and materials for the corporate staff as well as franchisees.

Here are some fun facts about Josh:

What led you to work for Mosquito Joe?

After my military career and college experience, I wanted to find a position that integrated structure and fun; a work-hard, play-hard mentality. Truth be told, I’m a structured kind of guy. I love organization and a well-developed plan, but I also like to have fun and take creative liberties that allow me grow as an artist and as a professional. Mosquito Joe has supported that lifestyle since day one.

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

My favorite part about being a Graphic Designer here at Mosquito Joe would have to be the satisfaction I get from being a part of something bigger than myself. This role has allowed me to become a valuable asset in a modern and competitive business environment.

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

As a professional, I think some of my biggest strengths include the willingness to learn, the desire to grow, and the determination to make it happen. I’m a doer! I consider myself to be a workhorse with no fear of doing what it takes to get the job done.

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

I believe that “Stop smacking yourself in the face” is my favorite tagline. The tagline is funny, effective, and fits right into the Mosquito Joe brand personality. It’s a powerful play on words connecting a mental thought and physical emotion with the reader. When you think mosquitoes, you think about smacking them to avoid the bite.

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

I think I would have to choose Chris Pratt as my character. He seems like a likeable person with a warm onscreen presence. I can relate to him being quirky, charming, and the comic relief. He can be serious when he needs to be, and his positive outlook on life is something we have in common.

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

My ultimate vacation doesn’t necessarily have to be a certain location. I see value in visiting any location around the world I’ve never seen. I did a good amount of travel from my time in the Navy and can honestly say at the end of the day I just appreciate a cold beer, a good time, and nice view… That is the long version of saying, I don’t know where I would go.

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

Most of my outdoor time can be spent at the beach, on a random hike/bike ride, or walking my dogs in my neighborhood. Because my profession customarily puts me at desk, I really try to spend as much time as I can outdoors. I love nature and all the wonderful things this planet has to offer, so I make it a part of my daily routine to step away from technology and go for a walk in the sun. I am also a freelance photographer, so it’s not uncommon to find me outdoors taking pictures of anything from local events to landscapes and wildlife.

How attracted are mosquitoes to you?

Not really sure how to answer that, but if you’re asking if I’m immune to mosquito bites, I’m not. They are terrible. They are a nuisance and can really kill the outdoor vibe.

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

  1. 4-6 inch fixed blade knife
  2. Fire Starter (Flint and Steel)
  3. Volleyball
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Beat the Bloodsuckers: Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2018

 

Each year Mosquito Joe recognizes the importance of Mosquito Control Awareness Week through our Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign. Our goal is to raise awareness in the communities in which we operate about the importance of mosquito control and the amazing work of non-profits like blood banks and Nothing But Nets. Although this week falls during one of our busiest months of the year, it does not stop our passionate franchisees from giving back in their communities. This year, National Mosquito Control Awareness Week(MCAW), recognized by the American Mosquito Control Association, fell on June 24th – June 30th, and it was a memorable week for Mosquito Joe.

Mosquitoes date back to over 100 million years, which means they’re not going anywhere anytime soon so it’s important to protect your families and furry friends. Not only are they nuisances who ruin your outdoor fun, but they can transmit dangerous diseases such as Zika, West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The diseases mosquitoes carry make them one of the deadliest creatures on earth, responsible for over 1 million deaths every year. Luckily, here in the U.S. we’re able to combat these pesky bugs with a professional mosquito control service like Mosquito Joe. Our franchisees are dedicated to spreading awareness about mosquitoes and the illnesses they cause as well as working to fight off mosquito populations in their local areas. MCAW brings professional mosquito control to light and we’re thankful for this opportunity to give back.

Beat The Bloodsuckers

This is Mosquito Joe’s sixth year participating in our Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign. Franchisees had the opportunity to partner with a local blood bank in their area or with our philanthropic partner, Nothing But Nets. Mosquito Joe locations across the country joined with local blood banks donating 10% of new customer sales from that week to their blood bank of choice. This year we were able to donate over $7,000 and partner with 26 blood banks!

For the second year in a row, Mosquito Joe partnered with Nothing But Nets, a global grassroots campaign that was established in 2006. Since then, they’ve raised over $65 million to help deliver 12 million bed nets to families in need, along with other crucial malaria interventions like diagnostic treatments and training of healthcare workers. A mosquito net sent to someone in need is just $10; for every new Mosquito Joe customer signed during MCAW, a net was sent! This year our company raised over $24,000, sending 2,413 life-saving nets during Mosquito Control Awareness Week to those in need!

Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2018

The Buzz!

Our amazing franchisees were out there rocking it in their local communities to spread awareness around the importance of mosquito control. Mosquito Joe locations were featured 131 times across the U.S. and secured 14 TV segments in just one week. We’re excited so many franchisees were able to further educate their communities on mosquito control, and how important it really is to keep our families and furry friends itch-free! Check out a few highlights below:

We’re very proud of our franchisees and so happy we were able to give back to these non-profit organizations by supporting the amazing work that they do through our 2018 Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign. Mosquito Joe continues to partner with Nothing But Nets through our ongoing MoJo Bites Back campaign. To support us in our mission, consider donating to our MoJo Bites Back campaign as we raise funds for malaria and bring awareness to malaria-stricken areas. It will only cost you $10 to send a net; make a difference for a family in need today

Thanks to our participating franchisees, each blood bank that we partnered with, Nothing But Nets, and our AMAZING customers that helped make this year’s Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign the huge success that it was.

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Southern States Still Operating

With many Mosquito Joe locations winding down for the winter months, some of our southern locations still experiencing warm temperatures will remain open throughout the year. The average temperatures in southern states will stay consistently between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, which means mosquitoes will remain active and continue to be a nuisance in the coming months.

If you’re in the following states, you may find our yellow and green technicians continuing to keep your surrounding areas itch-free:
o Florida
o Georgia
o Louisiana
o Mississippi
o Texas

Mosquito Joe is proud to offer effective and affordable mosquito control services for both residential and commercial spaces. Within 30 minutes of application, our barrier spray eliminates bites for 21 days. Our technicians can treat standing water areas and rid your yard of mosquito larvae, which stops their life cycle right in its tracks.

Fleas and ticks shouldn’t be forgotten either! Flea and tick control is another service we offer here at Mosquito Joe. Deer ticks are responsible for spreading Lyme disease, and the number of adult deer ticks is higher in the fall than it is during any other time of year. Fleas also transmit nasty diseases and cause a painful itch for your family and your pets, not to mention they’re really hard to eliminate once they enter your home.

Did you know Mosquito Joe can spray your special events? Weddings, barbecues, and reunions are popular events to have sprayed. Whether it’s your home or a favorite venue, preventing mosquitoes from being on your guest list will have your family and friends thanking you on their way out.

Remember to call your local Mosquito Joe to make your yard an itch-free space all year round. Mosquitoes can breed and thrive until temperatures are consistently below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, which won’t happen in the south! So contact your local Mosquito Joe for a free quote and information about our mosquito, flea, and tick services.

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Mosquito Joe Gives Back: Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2016

As you can imagine for an outdoor mosquito control company, summer is a very busy time around our office. However, for one week each year we take some time to step back and really focus on the reason we do what we do: the importance of mosquito control and educating the public.

This year National Mosquito Control Awareness Week was June 26-July 2.  It is one of the most important weeks during our year for many reasons. We love raising awareness abNational Mosquito Control Awareness Weekout the importance of mosquito control, to educate people about the risks of vector borne illnesses, and of course helping to bring to light solutions to keep your yard healthy and swat-free. 2016 included lots of news headlines about mosquitoes and mosquito control as Zika virus made its way into the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of July 6 there are currently 1,133 travel cases of Zika in the United States and 330 of those are pregnant women. And while no vaccine exists for the virus, experts agree that avoiding mosquitoes is the best way to prevent Zika and keep it from spreading.

So, as you can imagine this was a big topic for mosquito control awareness, as it was a much needed conversation. Our mosquito control services have been a welcome added defense against mosquito borne illness this year, and our franchisees have spent a lot of time speaking with their customers about this very subject. As if that weren’t enough, mosquitoes don’t only affect us humans! That’s right, they can affect our furry friends too. Mosquitoes are also known to carry diseases such as heartworm, so it’s important to keep your four legged friends protected too.  Fortunately, our barrier treatments help eliminate fleas and ticks as well.

Giving Back

Mosquito Control Awareness WeekBy far, the biggest part of the week and the one we most look forward to is giving back as a company.  For the fourth year, Mosquito Joe locations across the country partnered with local blood donation centers for our Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign. For every new customer that signed up for mosquito control services during Mosquito Control Awareness Week, we donated 10% of the sale to those local blood banks.

This year we had the privilege of partnering with twenty seven centers across the country and with the American Red Cross being our largest partner, this money is going to help them with the disaster relief they provide every day in our communities. The American Red Cross is always on standby to provide assistance to the military, blood disaster relief to the community, and we feel honored to be able to help with their wonderful cause. Because of our amazing customers, we were also able to donate over $10,300 in just one week to the blood centers we partnered with.

Mosquito Joe Spreading the News

Our franchisees did an amazing job spreading our message around in their communities during Mosquito Control Awareness Week. Between news articles and TV segments, the amount of people who were reached getting mosquito control information from Mosquito Joe was impressive. Check some of them out here:

We’re so grateful to everyone that made our 2016 Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign the best yet and a giant highlight for us as a company this year. Thanks to our participating franchisees, each blood bank that we partnered with, and our AMAZING customers that helped make this year’s Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign the huge success that it was.

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New Locations This Spring

It may seem like this cold weather would be a slow time for us here at the corporate office, but that is hardly the case! We’ve stayed busy during the off-season training new Mosquito Joe business owners and are excited to announce several new locations opening this spring. The Mosquito Joe family is growing and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

Coming Soon to Make Outside Fun Again:
*in alpha order by state

Alabama

  • Mosquito Joe of the Gulf Coast
    Mobile, Alabama

Arkansas

  • Mosquito Joe of Jonesboro
    Jonesboro, AR

Florida 

  • Mosquito Joe of Clearwater-St. Pete
    Clearwater, FL
  • Mosquito Joe of South Miami
    Miami, FL
  • Mosquito Joe of South Dade
    Homestead, FL
  • Mosquito Joe of the First Coast
    Jacksonville, FL

Georgia 

  • Mosquito Joe of North Atlanta
    Atlanta, GA
  • Mosquito Joe of Coastal Georgia
    St. Simons, GA

Louisiana 

  • Mosquito Joe of Metairie
    Metairie, LA
  • Mosquito Joe of the North Shore
    Slidell, LA

Michigan 

  • Mosquito Joe of Kalamazoo
    Charlotte, MI
  • Mosquito Joe of N. Oakland Co.
    Clarkston, MI

Missouri

  • Mosquito Joe of West St. Louis Co.
    St. Louis, MO

North Carolina

  • Mosquito Joe of SW Charlotte-Gastonia
    Waxhaw, NC
  • Mosquito Joe of South Charlotte
    Charlotte, NC
  • Mosquito Joe of Southeast Charlotte
    Charlotte, NC

Ohio

  • Mosquito Joe of Toledo
    Toledo, OH
  • Mosquito Joe of E. Cincinnati
    Cincinnati, OH

Pennsylvania

  • Mosquito Joe of Suburban Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA

South Carolina

  • Mosquito Joe of Charleston
    Charleston, SC
  • Mosquito Joe of Lexington-Lake Murray
    Lexington, SC

Tennessee

  • Mosquito Joe of Southwest Nashville
    Nashville, TN

Texas

  • Mosquito Joe of Greater Houston
    Houston, TX
  • Mosquito Joe of Northwest DFW
    Highland Village, TX
  • Moquito Joe of Pearland
    Manvel, TX
  • Mosquito Joe of West Austin
    Austin, TX
  • Mosquito Joe of Mansfield
    Mansfield, TX

Virginia 

  • Mosquito Joe of N. Prince William Co.
    Haymarket, VA
  • Mosquito Joe of the National Capital Region
    Fairfax Station, VA
  • Mosquito Joe of Northern Virginia
    Potomac, MD

If Mosquito Joe hasn’t made it to your neck of the woods yet, why not bring it there? We have opportunities available across the country. If you’re interested in being your neighborhood MoJo (and hero) visit our website for more information.

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