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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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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Mosquito Joe’s Halloween Party Ideas and Tips

 

It’s the most spooktacular time of the year! Pumpkin carving, fireside ghost stories and creepy costumes are just a few of the things that make us look forward to Halloween each year. With all of the excitement buzzing about the upcoming Halloween party at Mosquito Joe’s Corporate headquarters, we thought we’d share some of our most helpful tips to make sure your spooky outdoor shindig is complete from start to finish.

THE NOT-SO-DREADFUL DETAILS:

Keeping your Halloween party upbeat and entertaining is important. You don’t want your guests departing too early or dozing off on the sofa, right? Keep them occupied with thrilling tunes and ghoulish games in an atmosphere decorated perfectly for the occasion.

Decorations:
This may be one of the most important aspects of the party, so don’t wait until the last minute or skimp out on the little details. There are many handmade décor options available or you can find affordable disposable options at local dollar stores and party supply stores. Pick a theme and have fun turning your house into a pumpkin paradise or witchy wonderland.

Music:
With many premade Halloween playlists available at little to no cost, you can keep the tempo upbeat and fun. Use music platforms such as Spotify or Pandora to stream, download or create your very own party playlist.

Games and activities:
Entertain your guests with some party games or competitive activities. Whether you keep it simple with bobbing for apples or have some fun with a witch hat ring toss, there are tons of party games and activities that you can incorporate into your Halloween bash. Need some inspiration? Click here to check out these fun Halloween game ideas to accommodate all ages.

Costumes:
Dressing up for a Halloween party is one of the best parts, no matter your age. Whether it’s cute, scary, homemade or store-bought, get in the spirit this year and show up dressed to impress. Encourage participation by having a costume contest and offering prizes for different categories. Feeling creative? Check out some DIY costume ideas to stand out this Halloween.

Snacks and refreshments:
Now that you’ve decorated your haunted house, designed your bewitching costume and finalized the fun details, let’s get to the good stuff – the food. Whether you’re providing the basics and allowing guests to bring a dish to contribute or laying out the entire spread yourself, don’t let your party guests leave hungry. Make sure you offer a variety of savory, sweet and thirst-quenching options. Also try to accommodate guest with food allergies or dietary restrictions so there are only treats, no tricks. There are many Halloween themed food and drink recipes and ideas online, so get creative and have fun! (Parenting tip: Keep the kids occupied for a few hours by letting them help you prepare some of the easy-to-make treats.)

Throwing your own Halloween party this year or attending one with your friends and family? Send us some photos of your creative costumes or dreary desserts – we’d love to see what you come up with!

Don’t be the itchy house on the block this year! Make sure your trick-or-treaters aren’t leaving your yard with more than candy in their bag. Contact your local Mosquito Joe to have your yard treated for mosquitoes, ticks and fleas before the big night. Trust us, your neighborhood will thank you later.

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2018 Customer Reviews

Mosquito control has continuously proven to be a service that everyone in the community can benefit from. At Mosquito Joe we combine our excellent treatments with unparalleled customer service to create an experience that’s easy, convenient, and most importantly effective. Here’s a look at some of the different kinds of satisfied customers that we service:

The Crowd-Pleasers

Entertaining guests is an activity many of our customers love. From hosting barbecues, neighborhood get-togethers, and outdoor parties, Mosquito Joe makes these events more enjoyable by guaranteeing an itch-free occasion.

 “Made our party wonderful in the midst of Louisiana summer heat.  Outside with no mosquito bites never happens for me and it did for my parents 50th anniversary party.  So lovely. I will use them every summer to keep mosquitoes away. I’m sold!”

 “Wonderful!  We normally cannot sit on our patio after 5pm unless we fog the perimeter.  Even then, we are only good for 4-5 hours.  Since our very first visit from Mosquito Joe, we can be out at all times of day or night.  It is amazing.  Even in the rain and after days of rain, we were not bothered by the bugs.  We thought our only option was a screened in patio.  Nope.  Open air for us. Its football season. TV is hung (outside) and “the patio is open”.  Game on plus cornhole, frisbee golf, can jam, cooking and eating outside! Thank-you Mosquito Joe. Wonderful staff as well.  Assistant is so kind and thorough when plotting the coverage area and love our Tech.  The owners are very involved as well and we appreciated a personal visit to check on our satisfaction with service.  Thanks!  I would and will recommend Mosquito Joe to everyone.”

 

 The Magnets

Mosquitoes suck for everyone, but believe it or not, some people have it worse than the rest. Along with the mosquito-borne illnesses that these pests can carry, simple mosquito bites can cause extreme allergic reactions and complications for some. Mosquito Joe prides itself on making outdoor spaces pleasant even for those most sensitive to mosquito bites.

“Mosquito Joe service has by far exceeded my expectations. I am that person who comes away from an outside get together with bites all over me, itching and miserable and it goes on for days. I have had about 5-6 bites this summer and all except 2 of them happened away from home. The two bites I have gotten on my own property have prompted me to call for an extra spraying which has taken care of the problem. The extra sprays were made promptly and efficiently. I plan to repeat the service next spring. LOVE YOU MOSQUITO JOE!!!”

 

 The Outdoor Enthusiasts

Enjoying outdoors is a major priority for all of our customers. Whether you like to spend quality time with grandkids, play with pets, or tend to a garden, our technicians make sure to thoroughly treat your outdoor spaces so that you can do what you love without swatting.

“We couldn’t even go outside to water our garden or flowers without getting bites…now after one service we can stay outside and do our gardening and lawn maintenance without any bug spray and no bites!”

“We can finally enjoy our yard again! Kids are playing and parents are gardening/building a deck without being attacked by swarms of mosquitoes. Love it. Difference was immediate. Checked out yard 1 hour after initial application and the mosquitoes were gone.”

 

The Skeptics

We realize that having an itch-free yard may seem impossible to some, but with Mosquito Joe your dreams of enjoying outdoors without bites can come true! Our technicians assess every yard to make sure that each problem area is taken care of.

“I had a severe infestation I got 18 bites just walking out in my yard to let the dog go potty. I saw the Mosquito Joe signs, and was skeptical but desperate. Since the first spray I haven’t been bitten once. Not ONE BITE. I Love Mosquito Joe I will Definitely recommend them to EVERYONE.”

 “Not gonna lie, I was a little bit skeptical about the services, thought was to good to be true, but after the first 2 applications I was sold and I was able to invest my yearly bug spray budget into more outdoor toys for my kids !!!”

 “I was skeptical about this service at first, but my backyard was literally mosquito free during even the peak times of dawn and dusk. Also, my dogs had literally no ticks on them these past few months. It’s well worth the cost for carefree time in the backyard with my family!!”

 

Spend more time outdoors and less time swatting. Click here to find a Mosquito Joe location near you!

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