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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Memorial Day BBQ Tips

We are really looking forward to Memorial Day this year, and we’re sure you are too. This past winter was rough for a lot of people. Blizzards blanketed parts of the country in feet of snow for weeks and freak storms kept schools and businesses closed for just as long. But Memorial Day is a chance to forget about all of our winter troubles and celebrate the coming of summer!

Memorial Day celebrations range from family to family, but many of them include a barbecue, games, and patriotic decoration of some kind. Since we are here to make outside fun again, we want to make sure your Memorial Day goes off without a hitch by providing some simple tips and DIY ideas.

PREPARE BEFOREHAND

We’ve all been there…you’re throwing a party and you forget something major, causing you or a friend to have to run out at the very last minute and panic shop trying to find what it is you need. Avoid that hassle by preparing and making sure to have all the necessities before a single guest arrives at your house.

Perhaps the most important thing to have ready is the grill. Make sure to have all the propane and/or charcoal you need to keep the grill burning as long as necessary. Clean the grill beforehand as well, so you can start with a clean slate. If you are a grilling novice, maybe try it out a few times before the party to make sure you understand the best ways to use it and how long it will take to get things ready.

KEEP THE MENU SIMPLE

An easy way to complicate your day is to try to do too much with the food. Keep it simple with hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken. Keep some veggie burgers on hand as well in case there are any vegetarians in attendance.

Since you are sticking to the basics, one way to kick things up a notch is to have an over the top condiment station. Cheeses, guacamole, hot sauces, pickles, onions, BBQ sauces, and salsa are just a few options to include.

Try things like fruit skewers, pasta salad, and baked beans for the sides, which require minimal time and preparation. If you want to take it a step further, you could make it a potluck and ask guests to provide the sides and the desserts. It would take a lot off your plate (no pun intended) and allow people to help the host out in their own way.

DON’T FORGET THE DÉCOR AND ENTERTAINMENT

Use patriotic plates, napkins, and tablecloths to easily decorate your party. If you have kids, use craft time before the party to make things like pinwheels, painted stars on the lawn, wreaths, mason jar decorations, and more! A simple search on Pinterest will turn up hundreds of ideas.

Whether your party is for kids or not, lawn games are a great way to entertain your guests and keep the party going after the BBQ is over. Games like cornhole and Can Jam are classics, but might require some prep beforehand if you don’t already have the materials. If the weather permits, a water balloon toss would be great for the kids as would things like Twister, horseshoes, and a three-legged race.

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As much fun as Memorial Day is, it’s important to remember the reason we have this day off to spend with friends and family. No words can every properly express our thanks to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to serve this country. We can only hope that the way we celebrate this day and the way we live every day can serve as a testament to our gratitude.

From all of us at Mosquito Joe, have a safe and happy Memorial Day! If you are hosting an outdoor party and want to protect your guests from mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, call your local Mosquito Joe today to get on the schedule!

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Pet-Friendly Events During Lyme Disease Awareness Month

As the weather continues to get warmer, we’ve got some ideas for ways that you can enjoy time with your pets this spring! Not only do we want to ensure that your pets enjoy the outdoors, we also want to make sure they’re protected from pests that can transmit serious diseases such as Lyme Disease. The month of May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, when organizations work to raise awareness and educate people on the effects it can have on humans and the pets they love.

High Risk Areas

While ticks and Lyme disease can be found across the country, the majority of cases are in the Northeast of the United States and people that live in these states should take special precautions to prevent transmission:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Prevention

May is the perfect time to be proactive in your prevention efforts to ensure pets get to enjoy the outdoors pest-free. The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to do regular tick checks for children and pets after they come in from being outside. The Lyme Disease Association lists a number of ways that families can lower their exposure to ticks, so there’s no better time than now to take action.

We know that pets and their humans like to venture outside of their own yards, so here’s a list of pet-friendly events in various locations that you can take part in this spring!

  • Wags and Whiskers Pet Fest – Flower Mound, TX
  • FURever Fest – Marietta, GA
  • Barks & Bagels 2018 – Boston, MA
  • Petpalooza – Summerdale, SC
  • Spring Fling Walk – Medina, OH
  • Long Island Dog Festival – Oyster Bay, NY
  • To Do My Best 5k – Piqua, OH
  • Human and Canine Blood Drive – Mount Laurel, NJ
  • Memorial Weekend at Williamsburg KOA Campground – Williamsburg, VA
  • Yappy Hour – Grafton, MA
  • Five Dog Night – Aurora, CO
  • Bark Walk on NE 2 Ave + Flagler Drive – Fort Lauderdale, FL

For more events that the whole family can attend, pets included, click here!

Mosquito Joe provides barrier treatments to protect your outdoor spaces from mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. Call your local Mosquito Joe today to start your summer the right way by protecting your family and pets. We even offer an all-natural treatment option to treat your koi ponds and vegetable gardens.

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April: Heartworm Awareness Month

Spring is upon us which means more barbecues, relaxing by the pool, and playing outside!  Making outdoor spaces enjoyable for the whole family is a high priority for us at Mosquito Joe, even for our friends with four legs.  April is Heartworm Awareness Month, something that affects a large number of families’ pets each year.

What Are They?

Heartworms are a parasite that can live in the major organs of an animal’s body such as the heart, lungs, and connected vessels.  Pets can contract heartworms after being bitten by infected mosquitoes.

Risk Areas

While heartworms are an issue in much of the United States, the highest reported cases are in the southeast, especially Gulf Coast areas.  This is due to a number of factors: warmer climates that make transmission from mosquitoes much easier and the number of wildlife carriers in the area.

Prevention

One way to protect your pets is to get them tested regularly and to follow a veterinarian’s recommendation and have a prevention regimen in place.  The American Heartworm Society recommends getting puppies aged 7 months and older tested for heartworms every 12 months and taking preventative medication once a month.  Although cats are less likely to contract heartworms as they are atypical hosts, it is important to have cats tested regularly for early detection.

Our barrier-treatment sprays can be an added layer of defense as they provide relief and protection from mosquitoes for 21 days.  With a regular schedule of treatments, especially during the peak mosquito season, you can keep your family and pets protected from mosquitoes and the health risks they carry.

You can also lower the mosquito population near your home by:

  • Emptying standing water sources. Tires, puddles, bird baths, even children’s toys can be prime breeding ground for mosquitoes
  • Cleaning gutters regularly
  • Cut grass and shrubs short
  • Drill holes in tires swings, trash cans or recycle bins so water drains out
  • Repair leaky outdoor faucets
  • Make sure your lawn is weed free and avoid overgrown vegetation

Once you’ve had a visit from your local Joe and have a mosquito-free yard, it’s time to enjoy it!  That goes for your four legged family members too, so here’s a list of fun games to play outside with your dog! You probably have some of these items already laying around the house or garage, so head outside for more wagging and less swatting.

For a Mosquito Joe location in your area or more information on the services we offer, click here.  To find more information on heartworms, visit the American Heartworm Society.

 

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Preparing Your Yard for Spring…and Mosquitoes

Spring is in the air, and so are the mosquitoes. As temperatures begin to warm up and you start to transition your wardrobe from fuzzy sweaters to raincoats, we want to make sure you’ve got some helpful tips for preparing your yard for some outdoor (itch-free) fun with your friends and family. Once temperatures stay consistently above 50 degrees we’ll begin to see some increased mosquito activity. Who would’ve thought that preparing your yard for the spring season could also prepare you for the arrival of mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water, so it’s best to empty bird baths, ponds, planters, toys or anywhere else water may gather. Drilling holes in tire swings, trash cans and recycle bins allows water to drain out easily. Repair any leaky outdoor faucets to avoid water pooling underneath them. Finally, keep your grass and shrubs cut short. Mosquitoes are shrub hoppers and gather to rest in shady, cool areas which is why it’s best to keep your yard weed free and avoid any overgrown vegetation.

With over 3,500 species of mosquitoes out there laying 100-300 eggs at a time, they just can’t wait to start bugging us!

Once your yard is ready, get outside and enjoy some fun spring activities:

  • Have a picnic with your favorite snacks
  • Plant your favorite spring flowers
  • Get a box of colorful chalk and turn your sidewalks into a mural
  • Take a walk around your neighborhood
  • Fly a kite on a breezy day
  • Play catch, throw a football back and forth or kick a soccer ball around
  • Blow bubbles with the young (and young at heart) kids in your life

Have you pre-paid for your 2018 season yet? There may still be time to save in your area.Contact your local Mosquito Joe to get a free quote for professional, ongoing defense in your yard. Treatments are tailored to your property and our products are applied by certified and trained technicians.

Don’t forget about ticks! Mosquito Joe rids your yard of ticks too so your family and pets can enjoy outside. Visit our Tick Control page for some background on ticks, the diseases they carry and some helpful tips for keeping your property ahead of tick issues.

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