Meet a Joe: Dara Ormon

*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!*

This week we’d like to introduce you to one of the newest members of the Corporate staff, Dara Ormon. A Virginia native, Dara has just joined our team as Paralegal. She has always wanted to work in the legal field and has spent the last five years working as a paralegal and legal assistant. While doing so, she was also getting her B.S. in Criminal Justice and M.A. in Criminology from Old Dominion University. As a paralegal, Dara will be working closely with our finance and franchise sales departments to make sure everything is in order as we bring new franchise owners on board.

Here are some fun facts about Dara, so you can get to know her like we have!

What led you to work for Mosquito Joe?

Adulting, on LinkedIn. I was looking for a company/brand/business model where I really saw our values aligned. After a little research, I came in for the interview already so excited and impressed by the what I’d read about the company. Everyone I met in in leadership that day exceeded my expectations, and I’m just excited they picked me!

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

I love how friendly, welcoming, and helpful everyone has been since the moment I arrived. I also love being a part of company that helps people live their best lives and support the dreams of those same people in owning their own businesses.

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

How passionate, driven and excited I am about the paralegal life. I have a pretty extensive background in the legal community and I’m just excited to put it into practice with such a great team.

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

Outside is fun again. It reminds me of my carefree childhood days where I’m outside all day without a care in the world. Who wouldn’t want to recreate that memory?

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

Fashion week in Dubai! Riding camels and I can only imagine the amazing photos!

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

I’ve recently gotten into hiking. I typically only really get a chance to hike on out of town weekend trips or when visiting my sister in Seattle, but I’ve seen some of the prettiest waterfalls and views on hiking adventures.

How attracted are mosquitoes to you?

We’ve been in a relationship now for as long as I can remember, but thanks to Mosquito Joe I can start putting some distance between us. It’s definitely for the better.

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

All I need is Wilson! (Cast Away reference) and by Wilson, I mean a guy named Wilson with some very serious boat building and survival skills.

If you could invite three people to a party, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

My best friend Brittany makes every party memorable, Michael Jackson for music, and Dylan O’Brien for comic relief!

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How Canceling Your Mosquito Control Early Can Backfire

Believe it or not, the first day of Fall is quickly approaching, which means the official end of summer is upon us. But just because we’re saying goodbye to summer on the calendar doesn’t mean we’re saying goodbye to warmer temperatures and those pesky mosquitoes. In most parts of the country, there are weeks (if not months!) of warm weather ahead, and with the temperatures cooling just a bit and humidity giving us a break, it’s the ideal time to enjoy the outdoors. You may be tempted to end your mosquito spraying season a bit early, especially if the kids are in school for a majority of the day. But we wanted to give you some information on why completing the full season of barrier spray treatments can help you avoid a frustrating start to your autumn and help your spring be a lot less itchy.

The Life Cycle of Mosquitoes

The last few sprays are some of the most important for a couple of reasons. Ending your spray season early not only breaks the barrier our services provide, it also gives mosquitoes a chance to breed. The time it takes a mosquito to complete the life cycle is 4-7 days. From the time a female lays her eggs to those eggs becoming biting adults is less than a week. Mosquitoes are tricky creatures. They lay eggs, hibernate, and can survive some pretty frigid temperatures throughout the winter months. All the eggs that were laid before hibernation can also survive the colder temps. They only need water and temperatures above 50 degrees to hatch! Cool weather like that might seem far off, but it’s only weeks away in some parts of the country. You might think the end of summer means the end of mosquitoes too, but stopping your mosquito control treatments early can backfire next year.

Avoid a Breeding Ground

If you end your season early, it gives female mosquitoes a chance to not only make your yard a home, but lay more eggs before the first freeze. That last mosquito treatment spray is vitally important to make sure technicians get rid of those last mosquitoes and mosquito larvae. Along with the barrier spray, our technicians can treat areas of standing water that are unavoidable. Examples of these are pool covers, creeks in your yard with muddy banks, or the base of flower pots. The technicians can treat these areas to make sure they stay free of mosquito larvae which keeps your yard “winterized.” If the last spray and treated areas of water are completed, then there’s no spring hatching in your yard!

We know it’s tempting to cancel service, but after a long day at school, those kiddos will be itching for some outside fun at home. We want to make sure that’s the only itching going on around your house. If you have any questions about your season, contact your local Mosquito Joe, and they’ll be happy to explain the process to you.

Don’t let mosquitoes trick you into ending service before the season ends. You’ll thank us later.

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Beat the Bloodsuckers: Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2017

As you can imagine for an outdoor mosquito control company, summer is a very busy time around our office. However, for one week each year we take some time to step back and really focus on the reason we do what we do: the importance of mosquito control and educating the public.

This year National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (MCAW) was June 25-July 1. MCAW is a time to educate the general public about the significance of mosquitoes in daily life and the important services provided by mosquito control workers. Mosquito Control Awareness Week is close to our hearts here at Mosquito Joe for obvious reasons.

Our franchisees spend a lot of time out in their local communities, spreading awareness of the importance of mosquito control and the services Mosquito Joe provides. Not only are these bugs a nuisance that can ruin your summer fun, but they pose serious health risks such as Zika, West Nile, and EEE. While we work all year long towards these efforts, a designated week such as this really shines the spotlight on professional mosquito control and why we need it.

Giving Back

By far, the biggest part of the week, and the one we most look forward to, is giving back as a company. For the fifth year, Mosquito Joe locations across the country partnered with local blood donation centers for our Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign. For every new customer that signed up for mosquito control services during Mosquito Control Awareness Week, we donated 10% of the sale to those local blood banks.

This year we also offered a new partnership with Nothing But Nets alongside our traditional local blood bank partnerships. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $45 million, delivering more than 7 million bed nets to protect families in Sub-Saharan Africa from malaria. A mosquito net sent to someone in need is $10, so for each new customer who signed up during Mosquito Control Awareness Week, we contributed $10 to represent a net.

Our franchise owners were able to choose whether their philanthropic efforts that week went towards a local blood bank or to Nothing But Nets. This year we had the privilege of partnering with twenty two blood banks across the country. This money will go towards the amazing work these organizations do in saving lives and emergency assistance. Because of our amazing customers, we were also able to donate over $6,353 in just one week to the blood centers we partnered with. Franchisees who partnered with Nothing But Nets donated $13,774 to the organization, supplying 1,377 life-saving nets to those in need.

Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2017

Mosquito Joe Spreading the News

Our franchisees did an amazing job spreading our message in their communities during Mosquito Control Awareness Week. Between news articles and TV segments, the amount of people who received mosquito control information from Mosquito Joe was impressive. Check some of them out here:

We’re so grateful to everyone that made our 2017 Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign the best yet and a giant highlight for us as a company this year. Thanks to our participating franchisees, each blood bank that we partnered with, Nothing But Nets, and our AMAZING customers that helped make this year’s Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign the huge success that it was.

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Meet a Joe: Leigh Hurst

*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!*

This week we’d like to introduce you to a member of the Corporate staff, Leigh Hurst. A Norfolk native, Leigh joined Mosquito Joe in March as our Administrative Assistant. She brought with her years of customer service experience from the restaurant industry and even spent some time as a yoga instructor. Whether it’s coordinating events, keeping the kitchen stocked, helping our franchise partners across the country, or just managing the office in general, Leigh is integral to the success of Mosquito Joe.

Here are some fun facts about Leigh, so you can get to know her like we have!

What led you to work for Mosquito Joe?

I heard of a position that was available here, came in for an interview, and thoroughly enjoyed every one I met. Plus, the office is a pretty cool space.

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

Every day there is some thing different. Some days it is about the snacks, but most days, it is the people I get to interact with.

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

I’ve worked in customer service since day one at my first job. I thoroughly enjoy helping others and meeting people.

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

“Itching is so last season”…well isn’t it?!

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

Natalie Portman, she can pull off a shaved head.

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

The list “where I wouldn’t go” is much shorter than the list “where I would go”. The ultimate vacation is when there is no end to exploring. Bouncing from country to country exploring sights, food and building friendships while submersed in different cultures is a dream.

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

It depends on the season! Summer is my favorite time of the year, so any and every thing outdoors. Winter out West is beyond beautiful, especially while snowboarding. Fall and Spring in the East are beautiful times to watch the change in the seasons from Mother Nature.

How attracted are mosquitoes to you?

I was born and raised in Churchland/Portsmouth, VA…by mosquitoes.

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

The ship, my water filter, and ice cream.

If you could invite three people to a party, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

Dolly Parton, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Caitlin Cimini. Once you google who they are and watch about 30 seconds of them speaking, you would want them at the party too!

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Celebrate the 4th in a Mosquito Joe City!

If you are as eager to get your patriot on as we are, you don’t have much longer to wait. It’s practically celebration time! Independence Day is a federal holiday we’ve been celebrating every year since America adopted the Declaration of Independence way back in 1776.  With July quickly approaching, it’s almost time to rep’ those true colors and get rollin’ with the red, white, and blue!

Mosquito Joe vans will be out in full force in communities across the country, working to protect families from mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks during their 4th of July celebrations. But did you know that some of our Mosquito Joe service areas are also home to some of the country’s top-notch Fourth of July celebrations? Here are a few of the best:

Charleston, South CarolinaCharleston, SC

Patriots Point 4th of July Blast is one of the biggest Independence Day celebrations in the country. Watch the elaborate fireworks show while hanging out on the historic USS Yorktown’s Flight Deck. This bash is for those of you who want to party shoreside and dance to the live beach music band! Tickets do sell quickly, so if it’s already sold out, keep this in mind for next year.

Williamsburg, VA

You might expect Williamsburg to be at the top of the list, seeing as it’s one of America’s favorite historical destinations. The 4th of July Fireworks celebration lights up this 18th century city every year. Join in on some old time fun, listen to live music, admire the U.S. state flags, and end the night watching a beautiful display of fireworks.

Washington, D.C.Washington, D.C.

If you’re planning to visit or are already located in our nation’s capital for Independence Day, you would be silly to miss the numerous events planned all around D.C. to celebrate the date of America’s birth! Watch the annual Washington Nationals game; cheer for the land of the free during the Independence Day Parade; eat, shop, and dance at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival inside the National Mall; sway your hips to the Beach Boys and John Stamos at the Capitol Fourth Concert; and top it all off by watching the notable display of fireworks from the lawn of the Capitol Building.

Miami, Florida

Celebrate America’s Birthday Bash in Miami from 10am to the end of the 9:00pm fireworks at Bayfront Park. Watch your kids hang in the Family Fun Zone or take a walk through the Budweiser Beer Garden while listening to live music, playing games, and quenching your thirst with Budweiser on draft. Stay for the best fireworks in South Florida!

New Orleans, LouisianaNew Orleans, LA

New Orleans is among the country’s hottest 4th of July celebration locations. Celebrate the 4th aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen, eating, party-hopping room to room, and watching the fireworks display, all while cruising along the Mississippi River. There are also concerts, food trucks, seafood fests, and more from July 3rd to July 5th. What could be better than celebrating the 4th for three days?!

Nashville, Tennessee

Honor the 4th by attending Music City’s July 4th celebration in Downtown Nashville. This year’s lineup features the popular country star, Chris Young! Enjoy water slides, food vendors, and tons of family fun during the entire week of July 4th in Nashville and you will not regret it!

St. Louis, Missouri

Fair St. Louis is an Independence Day bash that is fun for all ages, and it takes place from July 2nd-July 4th in Forest Park. There are local artists and merchandise vendors to check out on The Fairway, rides and interactive activities for families, live performances of 3 Doors Down, Akon, Dan & Shay, Jake Owen, etc., parades, and a nationally recognized fireworks show. This one sounds tough to beat!


While these are some of the biggest Independence Day celebrations in the country, we know many of you will be staying local to host parties and cookouts in your own backyard. If that’s the case, be sure to protect your party and your guests from pesky (and potentially dangerous) mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. Keep the focus on the hot dogs, s’mores, and sparklers and let us take care of the swatting. Give your local Mosquito Joe a call for a free quote and to get on the schedule today!

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