Meet a Joe: Meet Mosquito Joe of Howard County

**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 Kurt and Melissa Godwin, not only new Mosquito Joe franchisees but newlyweds as well.

Meet Kurt and Melissa Godwin of Mosquito Joe of Howard County, MD
This past year has certainly taken Kurt and Melissa Godwin on some new adventures – and we’re proud to be a part of that.  Married in late 2012, Kurt and Melissa wanted to find a way to consolidate their time and work together. In order to find a way to work together and for themselves, they naturally chose business ownership.

A Google search for franchising websites led them to explore Mosquito Joe’s home services franchise opportunity. “We came across Mosquito Joe and read the biographies of the management team and that’s what really sparked our interest,” says Kurt. “Their marketing techniques and their strong support was especially important to us.”  After their initial research they traveled to Virginia Beach, VA for a Discovery Day and I suppose you could say the rest is history. They opened their first Mosquito Joe location in May and plan to open more locations in the Columbia-Baltimore area over the next couple years.

Kurt and Melissa are already making headlines in the Baltimore area and they’ve dived right into bringing the outdoor fun back to their area. Their community advocacy has already included a partnership with the Howard County Public School System, to teach students about business skills and entrepreneurship, and a partnership with the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region as part of Mosquito Control Awareness Week initiatives in late June. We love watching our Mosquito Joe family give back in more ways than one!

If you have any friends in the Howard County, MD area, make sure you let them in on the secret to getting their yard back for the summer. Check out Mosquito Joe of Howard County on Facebook or the Mosquito Joe of Howard County website.

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Meet a Joe: Meet Mosquito Joe of Macon

**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 Chris Cookman, a Georgia native, huge Bulldogs fan and new Mosquito Joe franchisee in Macon, GA.

Meet Chris Cookman of Mosquito Joe of Macon, GA
Chris found Mosquito Joe when he was hunting for a business that he and his family could grow together. He was actually looking into the home inspection business when he stumbled upon Mosquito Joe. Intrigued by the brand mission and identity, Chris dug deeper. Considering the local area’s need for mosquito control services, Chris liked the idea of providing a service that could contribute to better health and outdoor enjoyment in the community.

Family Man and Navy Veteran

Chris served in the Navy from 1990-1994 as an F18 plane captain before taking a job at Freudenberg, a German textile company based out of Macon, GA. He is familiar with working hard and finished his college degree while working full-time and simultaneously raising a family.

Mosquito Joe of Macon, GA
Crislynn Cookman, office manager for Mosquito Joe of Macon

While new to the pest control industry, Chris wanted to create a legacy business for his three children: his daughter, age 20 and two boys, ages 14 and 12. His daughter, Crislynn, will be serving as the office manager whilst studying to become a special education teacher. His youngest son is autistic and Chris wanted him to have a future he could be proud of. With his new business, Mosquito Joe of Macon, Chris is now able to offer him job security and the opportunity to rise to the challenge and succeed in life. Chris’s wife will be also involved in the operation as well as the entire family works together to serve their community and grow their business.

“There is a need for my services as there are inquiries all the time,” says Chris, “It provides for better health in the community. I want to be involved in the baseball park and sponsor the sports teams in town. I also want to get involved with the fire and police department.”

This is the first Mosquito Joe location in Georgia and Cookman’s ultimate goal is to take over the entire state of Georgia. We’re so excited for Chris and the entire Cookman family and look forward to watching them grow in the Mosquito Joe family! If you’re interested in mosquito control services in the Macon, GA area to rid your yard of pesky mosquitoes, ticks and fleas, visit the Mosquito Joe of Macon website or call their office at 804-845-2046 for more information or a free quote.

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Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May is here, and within this spring month we get Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day – so many fun occasions that we are all excited to celebrate. But, did you know May is also Lyme Disease Awareness month? It may not make you as excited as a Memorial Day cook-out, or a lovely brunch with your mom, but it is something you should be cognizant of, especially if you live in a state where Lyme disease is prevalent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector borne illness (or disease transmitted to humans by ticks, mosquitoes or fleas) in the United States, with 24,364 confirmed cases reported in 2011. You may have read our blog post about ticks in February, giving you helpful information on ticks and how to keep them out of your yard, and how to remove one but what is Lyme disease? How do you know if you have it?

If you have a tick bite and live in an area where it occurs, you should seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Red, expanding rash
  • Fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes
  • “Bull’s Eye Rash” – occurs in approximately 70-80% of infected persons and begins at the site of a tick bite after 3-30 days (average is about 7 days). The rash gradually expands over a period of several days and can reach up to 12 inches across. Parts of the rash may clear as it enlarges, resulting in a “bull’s-eye” appearance. Rash usually feels warm to the touch but is rarely itchy or painful.

When Mosquito Joe of Howard County’s Kurt Godwin in Maryland made the decision to open a Mosquito Joe, he had a very personal reason to do so. “My son had Lyme disease twice. Both times were frightening, and we didn’t know as much about the disease back then. Each time he developed the bulls-eye rash, and that was scary all by itself as it was a confirmation that he had been infected.  His symptoms were very similar to what most people get; he had fevers, aches, chills, and headaches. On both occasions, we were fortunate enough to catch it early and get medical treatment. Anything one can do to avoid the risk of Lyme disease is well worth the effort and cost.” Kurt is hoping to help others keep their families protected from Lyme Disease and other vector borne illness through his Mosquito Joe services which conveniently launch this month.

As we all make our plans this spring for warm weather, it is important to remember that mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks are not just annoying – they can pose serious health risks. The CDC has recommendations for how to avoid ticks in your yard, but MoJo can help you stop the problem before it starts. Celebrate Lyme Disease Awareness month by calling and setting up a barrier spray to make sure ticks (and other biting insects!) don’t call your yard home.

Photo from https://www.webmd.com

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