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Posted by Julie Green
If there is one thing we have learned it is that there are many misconceptions about women in the pest control industry! So while we could write a blog post about the pest control industry and why women are a good fit for Mosquito Joe, we thought there were a few people who could do a better job. In our blog series the Women of Mosquito Joe, we highlight the incredible women that are a part of the MoJo family and why it is no longer a man’s world!
This month we chatted with Melissa Godwin of Mosquito Joe of Baltimore and Mosquito Joe of Annapolis. Melissa and her husband Kurt own their franchise and Melissa oversees the day to day operations of the business. She’s not only a business woman, but a mom so she runs the business out of her home (or on the road!), which gives her the flexibility to set her own hours and allow for family time.
What motivated you to get involved in Mosquito Joe?
After being employed by the Pennsylvania State Government for over 25 years, I was ready for a change and a challenge. I wanted to be in business for myself doing something that would help others. I am also a mosquito magnet, unable to enjoy the outdoors. Mosquitoes would find me wherever I went. With Mosquito Joe, I am able to enjoy the outdoors as well as give families the ability to enjoy their outdoor activities.
What is your most memorable moment from your first season?
Talking with a customer who had lost her mother to the West Nile Virus. She was excited that our service existed as she loves to spend time outdoors enjoying her pool, but was fearful of what happened to her mother. She loves the service and is a faithful customer.
What do you find most empowering about your job?
Working for myself is very empowering in itself. It also empowers me to know that the services I am providing are helping families stay safe from potential diseases such as the West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease, as well as their being able to enjoy the outdoors free of mosquitoes and those other pesky bugs.
When considering opening your own business, why did you choose Mosquito Joe?
I really liked the seasonal aspect of the business and the Mosquito Joe business model. Most of all, I liked Kevin Wilson and the great team he built. They are very knowledgeable and bring years of experience. They provide non-stop support and encouragement.
Who is your inspiration and why?
My Husband. He is very supportive and provides encouragement, and believes one-hundred percent in me and what we are doing.
We’re so proud Melissa and the Godwin family are a part of Mosquito Joe. If you would like more information about Mosquito Joe of Baltimore or Mosquito Joe of Annapolis and their mosquito treatment services, be sure to check out their website and read more about what they offer. And if you’re interested in the Mosquito Joe franchise opportunity, we’d love to hear from you. You could be the next Woman of Mosquito Joe!
Posted by Julie Green
In a previous blog post, we reminded you that each year the third week of June is declared National Mosquito Control Awareness Week by the American Mosquito Control Association. The purpose of this week is to raise awareness of the importance of mosquito control in our country, to educate people on the risks of mosquito-borne diseases and to help bring to light solutions for managing the problems we’re faced with during the spring and summer months where mosquitoes are out and about.
This year for Mosquito Control Awareness Week, 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 a mosquito treatment service from Mosquito Joe during Mosquito Control Awareness Week, we donated 10% of the sale to local blood donation centers. Around the Corporate Office, we also took the opportunity to go donate blood ourselves (see picture above).
We love taking this opportunity each year to support our communities in a new way, to Beat the Bloodsuckers during Mosquito Control Awareness Week. We want to say thank you to all the blood donation centers who partnered with us this year. Thanks to the best customers in the world, Mosquito Joe was able to donate over $2,000 in just one week to these centers across the country to help with the amazing work they do each and every day. Thank you to our customers for helping make Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2014 such a memorable one and for your continued support of Mosquito Joe. And of course, thank you to all of our wonderful franchisees who participated in this special campaign with us and helped to make a difference in their community during Mosquito Control Awareness Week as well as throughout the spring and summer months. As our company continues to grow, we look forward to making an even bigger difference in 2015.
Posted by Julie Green
If you have been paying attention to the news lately you have likely seen articles about Chikungunya virus. You’re probably wondering two things: 1) how to pronounce that word (Here’s a little help: chik-en-gun-ye), and 2) what it is.
Chikungunya is a new virus that is spread by…(you guessed it)…the mosquito. Until late 2013 the virus was only found in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Then it made its way to the Caribbean, where travelers began bringing it back to the United States. Confirmed cases had been reported in 30 states as of July 8, which is why it’s been hitting headlines over the past several weeks. Currently the virus is not actually being transmitted in the U.S., but the experts warn that these imported cases could result in local spread of the virus in the future.
The Centers for Disease Control Prevention assures us that Chikungunya is not lethal like West Nile, but it is something we would of course like to avoid. The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.
If you are traveling to a country where Chikungunya is transmitted by mosquitoes, take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Wear long sleeves and avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active (dusk and dawn). If you’re interested in avoiding mosquitoes here at home, our barrier treatment sprays are a great way to keep your yard itch free. As always Mosquito Joe will keep you updated on all new information when it comes to Chikungunya, and good luck with that pronunciation.
Posted by Julie Green
As you’re making that to-do list for your Fourth of July festivities (8 days, but who is counting?) we have one you need to move to the top! Sure you need groceries, sunscreen, and maybe even some decorations, but have you called MoJo? Make sure you call your local Mosquito Joe this week to make sure you’re on the schedule for a barrier spray treatment before the big holiday. We’re pretty sure mosquitoes aren’t on your guest list, so we can help you make sure they don’t show up. Schedules are filling up quickly so call now!
And speaking of groceries and July 4th we’ve got the perfect side dish to go with your burgers and brats. Since you’ve got that grill fired up, make some room for some Jalapeno-Lime Corn.
- 8 ears fresh corn, husks removed
- Vegetable cooking spray
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
- 1 small garlic clove, pressed
- 1 tablespoon lime zest
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
- Garnish: lime zest
- 1. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Coat corn lightly with cooking spray. Sprinkle with desired amount of salt and pepper. Grill corn, covered with grill lid, 15 minutes or until golden brown, turning occasionally.
- 2. Meanwhile, stir together butter and next 5 ingredients. Remove corn from grill, and cut into thirds. Serve corn with butter mixture.
Now that you’re writing that down, give us a call. Mosquitoes aren’t on your guest list, and Mosquito Joe will make sure they don’t party crash.