National Day of Unplugging

 

With constant emails, social media updates, and staying in touch with our friends and family, many of us are attached to our phones. The average person spends about four hours a day scrolling! Imagine how much you could be missing out on! National Day of Unplugging is March 1st and 2nd and the perfect opportunity to put your phone down and enjoy the world around you! Here are a number of ways to give your eyes and thumbs a much-deserved break:

Get Fit!

This is the perfect time to start on some of the fitness goals you made at the beginning of the year. Was your New Years Resolution to hit the gym? Ditch your phone, lace up your sneakers and get moving! Find trails in your community that will get your heart rate up, build your endurance and give you a chance to take in the local scenery. Looking for something to do with the whole family? Make your backyard a sanctuary for yoga! Use this method of exercise as a way to practice mindfulness, meditate, and relax.

Volunteer!

One of the best ways to engage with people in your community offline is to volunteer! Check out your community websites to find non-profits in your area that could use a helping hand or two. Help beautify your neighborhood by volunteering to pick up litter. Don’t forget to bring along the kids! This is the perfect opportunity to teach them the importance of keeping the environment clean. If you love pets, try volunteering at your local animal shelter. You may even go home with a new furry friend!

Start a garden!

Nothing says spring like fresh fruits and vegetables. If you want to try your hand at gardening, try planting different types of vegetables or legumes. Beans, tomatoes, and peppers are some of the easiest to begin with. Don’t have a green thumb? Try starting an herb garden. These typically take up less space in your yard and require much less maintenance than flowers and produce. Once your produce is ripe for picking, use it to bring your recipes to life!

Visit a museum!

If you’re looking to do a bit of learning while your phone is powered down, visit your local museum! Depending on your location, you can typically find a number of different types of museums. Attend an art exhibit to find out more about local artists, learn cool facts that are specific to your area, or find a museum that gives you a chance to interact with the exhibits such as those that specialize in exploring life and sciences.

All of these ideas are great ways for you and your family to explore the world around you. Consider taking one day out of each month to unplug and see what creative activities you can come up with! For more information on how you can enjoy your outdoor spaces without the hassle of mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, call your local Joe today!

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Stop Bugging Me: Why are you a target for mosquito bites?

Are you a magnet for mosquitoes? Well, it turns out you’re the lucky 1 out of 5 people that mosquitoes find irresistible.  Jonathan Day, a professor of medical entomology, calls this group the “high attractor types.”  Sight and smell are the two most compelling factors when it comes to mosquito attraction.  Although most are out of our control, scientists believe that the following factors likely explain why you are getting eaten alive.

Blood Type

Mosquitoes favorite foods? Nectar and blood.  Nectar gives the necessary nourishment to adult mosquitoes, while females rely on the protein in our blood for the production of eggs. Research has found that people with Type O blood are twice as attractive to mosquitoes than those with Type A blood — those with Type B fall in the middle. On top of that, 85% of people produce a secretion that signals what blood type they are.  So, if you are Type O and a secretor? Mosquitoes probably think you’re pretty cute (and tasty).

Carbon Dioxide

Mosquitoes tend to like people who emit more carbon dioxide when they breathe.  This is why adults are more likely to get bitten than children.  Since humans exhale carbon dioxide through their nose and mouth, mosquitoes migrate towards our heads.  This explains mosquitoes buzzing in our ears.

Sweat

Who would have thought there would be actual scientific evidence that supports sitting on the couch over-exercising?  Well, this is one thing we can thank mosquitoes for.  Mosquitoes can smell the lactic acid, uric acid, ammonia and other compounds emitted in sweat.  Basically, if you work out and produce sweat, mosquitoes are drawn to you.  Couch potatoes, rejoice!

Apparel

As stated before, mosquitoes use their eyesight to find their victims.  Colors such as navy, black, and red make you an easier target for mosquitoes.  Lighter colors make it harder for mosquitoes to see you.  This is especially important to remember during the later part of the afternoon when mosquitoes are highly visual.

Bacteria

We all have different bacteria on our skin that creates a distinct fragrance that mosquitoes can pick up on.  People that have a large number of certain microbes on their skin are more attractive.  Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about this, but it does explain why your ankles and feet are getting bit more than the rest of your body.  Ankles and feet are where some of the mosquitoes favorite bacteria’s live.

Beer

In a particular study, researchers found that mosquitoes land on beer drinkers significantly more than their non-beer drinking counterparts.  Mosquito Joe wants you to have a good time—that’s why we kill the buzz so you can enjoy yours.

Pregnancy

In a recent study, mosquitoes are attracted to pregnant women twice as much as non-pregnant women.  This is mostly because pregnant women have a higher body temperature and emit more carbon dioxide.  In light of Zika’s link to birth defects, this finding is particularly concerning. Mosquito Joe barrier treatments allow for an added layer of defense against vector-borne illnesses.

Life is short, stop scratching.  Give your local Mosquito Joe a call to schedule your treatment so you can stay itch-free and protect yourself from mosquito-related illnesses.

 

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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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