Employee of the Month | David Barrett

Introducing our employee of the month, David Barrett! David is our Financial Analysist, assisting in accounting, budget management, vendor relationships, and franchisee support. When he’s not being employee of the month, you can find him playing tennis, hiking and enjoying his outdoor time itch-free. Learn some more fun facts about our financial guru:

What led you to work for Mosquito Joe?

The leadership is top notch and my coworkers are awesome. Most importantly, the franchisees I get to work with are amazing. I’m excited every day to be a part of the Mosquito Joe journey.

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

No question about it, helping franchisees out as they grow their business and experiencing their success is extremely rewarding.

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

“Outside is fun again” encapsulates everything MoJo is about. It’s straight to the point. In today’s tech-heavy world that often keeps us inside, it’s important to spend some quality time outdoors. I love working for a company that makes that a possibility.

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

My answer probably changes daily, but right now I love the idea of a private island somewhere warm. Of course, I’d have to make sure MoJo was nearby to keep the island in check so I could enjoy it!

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

I spend a lot of time outdoors. I love playing tennis, running, and enjoying the nice weather Virginia Beach has to offer. Interestingly enough, I don’t go to the beach all that often, but I aim to change that this year.

How attracted are mosquitoes to you?

I used to say that my plan of attack was to find someone nearby the mosquitoes liked just a little bit better, but now I simply make sure MoJo has treated the area and I’m all set.

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

I’d love to have my guitar and my phone for selfish reasons. And a fishing rod so I could try to make my grandparents, who held several fishing records, proud (and so I could eat).  

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Don’t let a tick make you sick | Lyme Disease Awareness Month

With the April showers behind us and May flowers starting to bloom, warm weather is finally here! With warmer weather brings more outdoor activities, as well as the possibility of a tick bite. May is National Lyme Disease Awareness Month and Mosquito Joe is joining the fight to protect families and furry friends from this tick-borne illness.

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease was first detected in 1976 in Lyme, Connecticut and most commonly occurs in the Northeast, upper Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions. It is estimated that about 300,000 people are diagnosed each year.  Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. In most cases, the tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted.

Signs and Symptoms

Early symptoms of Lyme disease usually begin from 3 to 30 days after being bitten by an infected tick. The most common early stage symptom is a rash where the tick was attached. This rash starts as a small red area that spreads outward to look like a bullseye. One may also experience flu-like symptoms, such as headache, fever, sore and aching muscles and joints, stiff neck, fatigue and swollen glands.

If you experience any of the following symptoms and have had a tick bite, it is important to seek medical attention. Untreated Lyme disease can produce a wide range of symptoms, depending on the stage of infection. Some of these symptoms may include fever, facial paralysis and arthritis.

Treatment

If you develop any of the above symptoms within several weeks of removing a tick, it’s important that you see your healthcare provider. When Lyme disease is diagnosed in the early stages, people usually recover rapidly and completely. In order to be treated, you will be given antibiotics by your healthcare provider, which most commonly are doxycycline, amoxicillin or cefuroxime axetil.

However, you can get Lyme disease again if you are bitten by another infected tick, so it is important to protect yourself from tick bites.

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Preventing Tick Bites

Although it’s not possible to completely protect yourself from getting a tick bite, there are steps you can take to reduce your chances. Tick activity is higher during the warmer months, but ticks can be out anytime the temperature is about 45 degrees Fahrenheit. With the help from Mosquito Joe, you can get ahead of any tick problems you might have this season, while also implementing the following habits:

  • Keep grass short and underbrush thinned at your home.
  • Move wood piles away from the home.
  • Wear light-colored clothes to help you spot ticks easily.
  • Check your body for ticks and shower within two hours of being outdoors.
  • Move swing sets, sandboxes and other play areas to avoid tick bites.
  • Keep pets out of thickly wooded areas where tick activity is high and talk to your veterinarian about tick control options.
  • Let Mosquito Joe be your second line of deference for these intruders by getting a barrier spray that rids your yards for mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.

When you come in from the outdoors, always do a thorough check on yourself, your family and your pets. When doing a tick check, remember that ticks liked places that are warm, so make sure you check the back of your armpits, scalp, back of the neck and behind the ears.

But what if I do get a tick bite?

If you do find a tick on you or your family, there’s no need to panic! The key is to remove the tick as soon as possible. There are several tick removal devices on the market, but fine-tipped tweezers also work great. Follow the below steps on removing a tick:

  1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
  2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this does happen, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to do so, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
  3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
  4. Never crush a tick with your fingers. Dispose of a live tick by putting it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet.removal of tick

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/removing_a_tick.html

Don’t be ticked off this summer

Let Mosquito Joe be another line of defense against tick-borne illnesses by applying a barrier treatment to your property. A trained and certified technician will treat your yard with an effective solution that eliminates mosquitoes, ticks and fleas for 21 days. As an alternative to our longer-lasting synthetic treatment, our all-natural solution repels mosquitoes immediately. This less-adhesive yet effective option requires treatment on a 14-day cycle.

If you’re still not sure if Mosquito Joe is right for you, give your local MoJo a call or request a free quote online. We are dedicated to making outside fun again for you and your family and our job is not done until you are happy!

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Meet a Joe: Amy Yemm

*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!*

 

Joining us all the way from Arizona, we’d like to introduce Amy Yemm, unofficially known as “Postal Joe.” Amy is the Director of Mailer Programs at Mosquito Joe. Aside from being responsible for millions of pieces of mail each year – you read that correctly, millions of pieces of mail – Amy is a DIY queen and an expert in Excel.

 

Here are some fun facts about Amy:

 

What led you to work for Mosquito Joe?

When my previous company restructured and eliminated my specific job, I was looking for a place to work where I could lend my project management skills.

 

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

There’s never a dull day, always something new to learn and I get to help owners grow their businesses.

 

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

Organization, attention to detail, project management and a little Excel sprinkled on top!

 

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why? 

Did you mean to donate blood on the way to the mail box?

 

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

Julia Roberts, she has experienced a lot in life and uses it to her advantage.

 

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

A voyage on the new Titanic. Without the iceberg, of course.

 

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

My family and I love to swim in our back yard, and we can often be found at Busch Gardens throughout the summer.

 

How attracted are mosquitoes to you? 

Fortunately, not very!

 

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

I’m an extremely practical person so I would bring a satellite phone, a spear and a big ole’box of matches!

 

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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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