Sisters Day 2017

Sisters fill many roles in our lives. Growing up, they’re your partner in crime, someone you can go to for advice, and oftentimes, your best friend. But the love doesn’t stop once you move out of the house. Sisterhood is a bond that lasts forever! August 6th marked National Sisters Day, and although we are a little late to the game, we figured it’s never too late to celebrate some of the special ladies in our lives! We toured the office and asked some of our staff to tell us what they love most about their sisters.

Sisters Day 2017
Michael Wagner and sister

My sister Donna is pretty spectacular.  She is a personal trainer in Lexington, Kentucky.  She is the proud mother of a 17 year old boy and a 13 year old girl.  She is a prolific runner having run multiple marathons and many endurance races, and is just an overall great person. – Michael Wagner, President of Pool Scouts

My sister Roxanne!  She does job placement for special education students that are in high school. Super intelligent. Growing up she was always a good shoulder to cry on.  I could talk for hours and she wouldn’t say anything, she would just listen to me. She has one of the biggest hearts that I know of.  – Jake Vinluan, Franchise Business Coach

My sister is just the best person in the world.  She is the nicest person I’ve ever met and always tries to see the good in everyone she meets.  She is a terrific mother and has raised three incredible, strong, kind daughters who will grow up to be terrific mothers and role models just like her. My sister is a great listener and my favorite sounding board.  She always helps me to see situations from every angle and helps me to stay grounded when life throws me a wrinkle.  She’s always there for me and I can’t imagine my life without her in it. – Jodi Ramoino, Director of Franchise Development

Sisters Day 2017
Jayme Sabo and sisters

My favorite thing about my older sister is her confidence. She believes in who she is and what she does and I love that about her! My favorite thing about my little sister is her eagerness and willingness to grow and evolve. She faces challenges head-on, first looking inward. Both my sisters have impacted me in their own unique ways. Because of them, I’m ever-changing, evolving, and yet confident. – Jayme Sabo, Director of Marketing

Growing up with my sister, Caitlyn, meant growing up with the ultimate travel buddy. We grew up traveling every summer and winter, but when we both started working and attending college, it happened less and less. We always throw around ideas of places to go, but inevitably it never happened since we had a heavy workload. One summer day, around 10 pm at night, my sister called me out of the blue to ask if I wanted to go to Disney…aka the happiest place on earth…TOMORROW! The room and tickets were already paid for, I just had to figure out how to get there. By midnight we were booking our flights, and by noon we had met up in Sunshine State, Florida. So far, this was the most impulsive trip I have ever taken and I would not have asked to go with anyone else. I love my sister because no matter how crazy life gets, she is always reminding me to enjoy the little things and live life to the fullest. – Amanda Liddell, Search Engine Marketing Specialist

Sisters Day 2017
Bridget Cardillo and sister

So my little sister Emily is actually the funniest person ever. Her dry wit and quick zingers keep me laughing – so hard that I’m in tears I might add. Even though we sound and look alike, she’s way cooler than me and I just love her! – Bridget Cardillo, Digital Marketing Manager

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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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Backyard Birthday Bash Ideas

If you have a kiddo with a summer birthday, it’s always fun to take advantage of the warm weather as you plan a celebration. Whether in your backyard or at a neighborhood park, there are plenty of ways to make it memorable. We’ve got some ideas to help you keep your birthday boy or girl and the whole party crew entertained (and out of your house!)

Backyard Pirate Party

Pirates are always a hit with kids (and even most adults!), so if you’re looking for an adventurous way to celebrate, consider a backyard pirate bash to include the following activities:

  • Pirate castleDecorate a favor: Get small treasure chests from the local craft or dollar store and have kids decorate them as favors.
  • Walk the plank: Set up a kiddie pool and lay a piece of wood across the top of the pool. Have the kids walk the plank!
  • Dig for treasure: If you have a shallow storage tub lying around, fill it with sand. Bury toys into the sand and let the kids dig for them!
  • Scavenger Hunt: Hide small toys or snacks around your backyard and create a scavenger hunt complete with a treasure map and x marks the spot! The kids will love finding their “treasure!”

Backyard Splash Party

Keeping everyone cool with a backyard water party is never a bad idea during the hot months of summer! The options listed below might actually incorporate items you already have in your garage, which is always a plus!

  • Water BalloonsWater balloon fight: Fill a big tub with water balloons, and let the kids go to town in the backyard! The fun will be worth the cleanup.
  • Sprinkler fun: Turn on all of your sprinklers, and tell the kids to suit up! This always makes for an endless amount of fun!
  • Homemade slip-n-slide: If you have a tarp, lay it out across the backyard. Spray it down with a hose, and don’t forget to leave the hose running for that constant slip-n-slide effect. The kids will have a blast slipping and sliding their way across the yard! If you don’t have a tarp, no need to worry. Plastic sheeting from the hardware store also works perfectly!

General Ideas for Any Backyard Bash

  • DIY ice cream bar: Set up a topping buffet, and let your little guests make their own sundaes!Ice Cream
  • Water gun painting: Fill water guns with paint, and set up easels with paper in the backyard. Let the kids make their own colorful creations by squirting paint from the water guns!
  • Bubbles: Let’s be real. What outdoor party is complete without bubbles?

Before we leave you to backyard bash preparation, it’s important for us to note that mosquitoes feed mainly at dawn and dusk. Unfortunately, dusk is also the perfect time-of-day to be outside manning the grill and getting splashed by water balloons. Consider clearing your yard of mosquitoes with a barrier spray treatment, so that your guests can leave your party with a big smile and not a bug bite in sight. Give your local Mosquito Joe a call today to ensure that you’re on the schedule in time to have an itch-free backyard birthday!

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Get Your Play On This July!

Aside from Independence Day and debilitating heat, July is also Park and Recreation Month! Promoted by the National Recreation and Park Association, this month is dedicated to encouraging people to embrace outdoor activities and experience their local parks system. It’s a time for us to recognize the importance of physical health and the pivotal role that outdoor adventuring plays in our wellbeing. Whether it’s a kickball league, hiking trail, or nature class, you can find the perfect way to celebrate this month in your local parks!

If you’re having trouble figuring out a place to start, here are a few ideas to start getting that body moving!

  1. National Park and Recreation Month SwimmingFind some local nature trails and explore. Discovering new places to become one with nature is never boring. Bring your bikes or pups along for added fun!
  2. Look in your area for an outdoor fitness class. Many communities offer sessions like yoga or interval training at a local park.
  3. Go swimming. Whether you’re taking a dip in a lake or just going for a casual swim in the community pool, this is the best way to cool off and stay active at the same time.
  4. Collect cool rocks or seashells. Live near a beach? Take a long walk, and keep your eyes open for shelf-worthy items. Make a game out of it, and the kids will have a blast.National Park and Recreation Month Picnic
  5. Have a picnic. Go out to a local park and bring a blanket, food, and a frisbee (or any toy of your choice). Enjoy your picnic, and spend the day in the sun.
  6. Take your dog to a dog park and release all of that pent-up energy! This is an easy way to mix things up from the normal walk around the block, and Fido can make some new friends!
  7. Engage the rest of your community in what you’re doing to celebrate Park and Recreation Month by posting your pictures of your adventures on social media using the hashtag #PlayOnJuly.

If you own a small business closely associated with the outdoor recreation industry, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved in the month as well! Visit the National Recreation and Park Association’s website for a comprehensive toolkit to help you promote staying active and visiting the local parks.

  1. Print the Park and Recreation Month poster and hang it around the community at community events, inside your facilities, and anywhere else that will stand out.
  2. Download the social media and press release templates and fill them in to make your community aware of Park and Recreation Month.
  3. Post the infographic on social media with the hashtag #PlayOnJuly.
  4. Download the customizable calendar to fill in all of your outdoor events and post on your website and social media.

This is the best time of year to be outside, so get out there and enjoy it while you can! Enjoying the outdoors is a great way to stay active, learn more about your community, and spend quality time with family and friends.

If you come back from your park adventures and want to enjoy the outdoor space at your own home, give your local Mosquito Joe a call to make sure you spend more time playing and less time swatting. Mosquito Joe rids your yard of mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, making outside fun again for you and your family. Happy Park and Recreation Month from our family to yours!

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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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