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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Tailoring Your Yard for a Swat Free Summer

Here at Mosquito Joe, we’re pet owners, moms, dads, homeowners and outdoor lovers just like you. We understand the thought process that surrounds bringing a new product into your environment because at some point we’ve all been there as well. Sometimes people who hear about us have a lot of questions because the service just seems too simple to be true, or they wonder why it hasn’t been around longer to help get rid of mosquitoes. One of the most common questions we get about our services is whether or not the products we use are safe. We wanted to provide some information to help you understand the various products we use so you can feel confident that you’re doing the right thing to protect family and friends from mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.

Barrier Spray Treatment

Our main barrier treatment product is a synthetic form of pyrethrins called pyrethroids. Pyrethrins are the natural byproduct of the Chrysanthemum flower. Synthetic pyrethroids have a similar chemical structure as the pyrethrins, and are used in numerous commercial products such as household insecticides, pet shampoos and sprays, and even lice shampoos – so you are probably already using it if you’re a pet owner.

We spray this product on shrubs, low-lying trees, your foundation, mulch beds, etc. Generally we don’t spray your grass, unless you’re having a specific issue with fleas. All chemicals we use are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). You, your kids, and your pets can be outside again resuming normal activities as soon as the treatment has had a chance to dry, typically about 30-45 minutes, without the annoyance of mosquitoes.

All-Natural Treatment

For those who prefer all-natural options, we also have products made with rosemary and peppermint oils or concentrated garlic. These products provide knockdown with residual mosquito control, or in the case of garlic, repellency. They can be used around water and do not affect birds, fish, dogs, cats or other animals. The all-natural garlic option provides 14 days of protection with each treatment.

Not Your Average Joe

We pride ourselves on standing out from the rest when it comes to mosquito control. Above all else, trust that each treatment is tailored to your property for maximum effect. It may even include a combination of both synthetic and all-natural treatments. For example, a majority of your shrubs may be sprayed with our standard barrier treatment, while vegetable gardens, ponds and pollinating plants with our all-natural product. A certified technician, trained and knowledgeable in the treatments being applied and the pests they’re targeting, will be applying your treatment and available for any questions.

For a visual of what we do, check out this video showing how our technicians tailor your yard to be less swatting and more fun. Then, call your local Mosquito Joe for a free quote and more information on how we can help make outside fun again for you and your family.

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June is National Pest Control Month

If you take one look at our website, it’s pretty easy to see we are passionate about getting rid of mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. Nothing makes us happier than getting you back outside and enjoying your yard. Whether that’s grilling, gardening, playing ball with your dog, or swimming in your backyard pool, there are plenty of activities that can keep you entertained and enjoying life during warmer weather. We talk often about the nuisance mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks are…but did you know Mosquito Joe’s barrier spray services take care of other insects and outdoor pests that can wreak havoc on your outdoor fun? Since June is National Pest Control Month, we thought we’d take the time to tell you a little bit about some other flying fun-suckers we can help eliminate.

Earwigs

The earwig (no, not a hairpiece for your ears) is one insect can make a mess of your garden. Earwigs are mostly nocturnal and often hide during the day. They feed on a wide variety of insects and plants, so damage to foliage, flowers, and various crops is commonly blamed on this oddly named bug.

Stinkbug

If you’re in certain areas of the U.S. (Virginia, Maryland and Delaware), the stinkbug may be something you’re well aware of, but not because you want to be. Sometimes known as shield bugs because of their distinctive shape, they are commonly referred to as stink bugs because they release a smelly odor when chased, picked up or stepped on. Many people compare the smell to smelly feet. Generally, stinkbugs prefer to be outside. They reproduce and eat outdoors, so they won’t try to move inside until it starts to get cold. But if you see them on the outside of your house, let your Mosquito Joe technician know!

Flies & Centipedes

I know when I’m entertaining in my backyard and uncover the food, the sight of flies can drive me crazy. Even worse was the time spent standing by the table fanning them away. And did you know there are over 8,000 species of centipedes? Some are known to have very painful bites that can cause severe swelling, chills, and fever.


Despite these obnoxious and gross facts, there is a silver lining. These are all insects that you can keep out of your yard using Mosquito Joe barrier spray treatments. That’s right folks, we don’t just kill mosquitoes, fleas and ticks, we take care of other pests that can ruin your garden, leave you with painful bites, and send you running indoors. Bedbugs, clover mites, millipedes, oh my! Pick up the phone and call your local Mosquito Joe today to find out how we can help solve your creepy critter problems.

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National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is observed each year on April 30.  This day was created as a way to raise awareness for thousands of pets that are waiting for adoption from the shelters. According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. The Mosquito Joe family feels pretty strongly about our rescues (Check out this article about Mosquito Joe of Wayne and their partnership with local shelters) so we decided to highlight some of the corporate staff members who rescued their furbabies.

In September 2016, a good friend of mine knew a woman that had just found a litter of kittens near her house and was working with Poquoson Animal Welfare Sanctuary (PAWS) to find them homes.  We met up with her and the litter of kittens and immediately fell in love with one of the boys and his only sister who we named Murphy and Grace, named after a couple of  important names in Naval history.  At just 11 weeks old, they came to live with us in early November 2016.  Murphy is a feisty one (he demands an ice cube to chase every time we’re near the freezer) while Grace is more quiet and reserved, but both are incredibly sweet, cuddly, and perfect companions! ~ Nick Sell, Franchise Business Coach

Both Morgan and Kingston are rescued. Morgan (my German Shepherd mix) was about to go to a shelter and I just couldn’t help but love her excitement, enthusiasm and love for people. Kingston was the last of a litter in the shelter, a little sickly and infected with parasites. I was looking for a companion for Morgan because she loves playing with little dogs and when I saw him, I knew he was meant to join our family. Today, he’s happy and healthy and a big dog in a little dog’s body. ~ Jayme Sabo, Director of Marketing

When a family moves away and can’t bring their cats with them, you get the best two fur brothers on this planet. Oliver (Brown stripped) and Tucker (Gray) were adopted from the Virginia Beach SPCA. After doing the math, I believe their Halloween kitties, which also explains their orange eyes. ~ Kyle Jones, Graphic Designer

Chevy the Resuced Monster

We decided on a rescue because there are so many great animals out there that end up in shelters or rescues to no fault of their own (i.e. someone’s pet had an unintentional litter, someone moved and their new landlord didn’t allow the pet). We worked with an incredible organization (shout out to the Southeast German Shepherd Rescue) to find our buddy Chevy. They work hard to pair dogs with “fur-ever” homes by matching up owner needs/personalities with the dogs. Chevy was a perfect fit for us. I’ve never had such a loyal dog with such a personality. ~ Angela Paules, VP of Marketing 

Silly Lilly Billy Goat the Rescue Dog

8 years ago my then fiance and I decided to get a dog and knew we wanted to rescue because of all the great animals who needed homes. I was at work on a Friday afternoon scrolling through pictures at the shelter when I saw this girl’s face. The next morning I had him driving us downtown to pick her up.  I had no other explanation other than she was meant to be mine. She has been my best girl ever since and is now her human brother’s best companion (most of the time). Our Lilly has the quirkiest personality and we love her so much. ~ Julie Green, Marketing Manager

If you have a rescue baby you want to keep protected this year, don’t forget our services take care of fleas and ticks too. Always follow your veterinarian’s recommendations for flea and tick preventative medicines, but we can be an added layer of defense in your own backyard. Thanks for reading about our fur kiddos, we’d love to hear about yours! Buzz in and share our pictures on our Facebook page! And of course, if you’re thinking of adding to your family with a feline or dog companion, always consider adopting!

 

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