Employee of the Month | Jake Vinluan

Meet May’s employee of the month, Jake Vinluan! A graduate from St. Leo University, he obtained a degree in business management and started his career in the customer service field at Navy Credit Union and the Hyatt. Jake has been employed at Mosquito Joe for almost five years and continues to support franchisees with enthusiasm and dedication. We’re lucky to have you, Jake!

What does your job title mean? I am a Franchise Business Coach. The job title means we coach our franchisees in bettering their business, but it’s so much more than that. I look at the franchisees as family members and figuring out the best ways to help our family members be successful. We as coaches do our best to steer the zees in the right direction.

What aspect of your role at Mosquito Joe do you enjoy the most? The people I work with and the franchisees. I really enjoy contributing to the success of franchisees. Working with the people here is another reason why I’m still here. We have a lot of quality people here.

Tell us a little about yourself: I absolutely LOVE people. My heart is for the people. I’m originally from San Diego, CA. My dad was in the military and my mom was a stay at home mom. God and family are the most important things to me. My wife and I have a photography business. We also lead a marriage enrichment group twice a month in our home. We started this to walk the journey with other married couples in growing in their marriages. I am constantly striving to be better than I was yesterday. I am an optimist. Helping people is one of my greatest joys.

What’s your favorite travel spot and why? My favorite travel spot would have to be for the most part anywhere Royal Caribbean takes us just because I like the freedom of being able to visit a few locations in a condensed time and also enjoying the cruise.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I would most likely be a writer for a television show.

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline? Stop smacking yourself in the face.

What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy spending time with family, traveling for leisure, collecting action figures, reading, watching movies, running, photography, eating, and spending time with people in general.

People would be surprised if they knew: Jimmy Fallon wanted to manage me.

What is the last joke you recall? This may have not necessarily a joke but when I was praying with my family this morning it was my daughter, Juliet’s turn to pray and she said, “God, please don’t let my mom forget to brush her teeth.” This made us all laugh hysterically.

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Mosquito Control Awareness Week Partner Highlight: Local Blood Banks

Mosquito Joe & Local Blood Banks around the Country

Mosquitoes are collecting blood from us and our friends every day, without asking, but we’d rather be donating blood to a better cause. That’s why, seven years ago, Mosquito Joe partnered with local blood banks around the country to raise awareness about blood donation centers and the importance of donating blood in your local community during our Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign. Continuing the tradition, Mosquito Joe locations across the country will partner with local blood donation centers for Mosquito Control Awareness Week. For every new customer that signs up for mosquito control services during Mosquito Control Awareness Week, we will donate 10% of the sale to those local blood banks.

Local blood banks play a major role in blood donations by providing about 40% of the nation’s blood and blood components. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses and traumatic injuries. Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets or plasma, this lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation. In order to make a difference in the communities around us, Mosquito Joe asks you to visit your local blood donation center and donate blood today!

Beat the Bloodsuckers

Mosquito Joe recognizes the importance of Mosquito Control Awareness Week through our Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign, taking place June 23-29, 2019. Our goal is to raise awareness in the communities in which we operate about the importance of mosquito control and the amazing work of local blood banks. Franchisees have the opportunity to partner with a local blood bank in their area to raise money and donate blood. Last year, Mosquito Joe locations across the country were able to raise over $7,000 and partner with 26 blood banks! We are committed to making this year even more successful. For every new customer that signs up for a service during Mosquito Control Awareness Week, 10% of the sale will be donated in their honor.*

Mosquito Joe is thankful we are able to partner with such great organizations and look forward to all of the success Beat the Bloodsuckers 2019 will bring. All of us coming together can help ensure patients receive lifesaving blood. Along with signing up for service, we are hoping you will pledge to donate blood with us and Beat the Bloodsuckers.

*Participating locations only.

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Mosquito Control Awareness Week Partner Highlight: Nothing But Nets

Mosquito Joe & Nothing But Nets 

On May 4, 2017, Mosquito Joe and the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign announced their new partnership. As a partner, we have helped raise funds and awareness about mosquito-borne illnesses and the importance of mosquito control through our Beat the Bloodsuckers and MoJo Bites Back campaigns.

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Nothing But Nets is the world’s largest grassroots campaign fighting malaria, which is caused by a single mosquito bite. Malaria is preventable and treatable and for many families, insecticide-treated bed nets are the most effective way to stay healthy. Nothing But Nets asks their customers for just $10, which sends two bed nets to those in need in sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. With the help of partners and supporters like us, Nothing But Nets has raised over $70 million to help deliver more than 13 million bed nets, along with other crucial malaria interventions like diagnostics, treatment and training of healthcare workers.

End Malaria

Malaria is a disease that rarely crosses our minds because, in the United States, malaria has been eliminated. However, nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of this disease. Malaria is transmitted to people through the bites of Anopheles mosquitoes, which primarily bite at night and carry the life-threatening disease caused by the blood parasite Plasmodium. Nothing But Nets has a goal to end malaria for good. With the help of partners and customers like you, we can make this happen.

As Mosquito Joe’s presence grows to 33 states, we provide exceptional pest control services in hundreds of communities across the country. By protecting families from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas, we are making outside fun again. Now, with partnering with Nothing But Nets, we are taking a stronger stance against mosquitoes. Our Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign is one of the many ways that we are doing this.

Beat the Bloodsuckers

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The Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign will take place during Mosquito Control Awareness Week, which is June 23-29, 2019. For the third year in a row, Mosquito Joe has partnered with Nothing But Nets. For every new Mosquito Joe customer that signs up that week, we will send two bed nets to families that are in need.* Last year, our company raised over $24,000, sending 2,413 life-saving nets during Mosquito Control Awareness Week! To make this year even better, make sure you give your local Mosquito Joe a call to get on the schedule the week of June 23-29. And if you are already a customer, Share the MoJo with your friends and let them know how they can help Beat the Bloodsuckers. Wondering how far your $10 donation reaches? Watch the video provided by Nothing But Nets to see the life of a bed net and how far your donation truly reaches.

Mosquito Joe is thankful we are able to partner with such a great organization and look forward to all of the success Beat the Bloodsuckers 2019 will bring. Another way that you can support us in our mission is by donating to our campaign as we raise funds for malaria and bring awareness to malaria-stricken areas. Help us Beat the Bloodsuckers and make a difference this Mosquito Control Awareness Week by signing up for a service or simply by making a personal donation. It will only cost you $10 to send a net; make a difference for a family in need today.

*Participating locations only

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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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