Posted by Julie Green
I grew up on the North Carolina coast which made beach music a regular in my parent’s cars when they were carting me and my sister around. Whenever Easter weekend is around the corner it takes me back to listening to Chairmen of the Board and their classic line “I can’t wait ’til it’s Easter weekend ’cause I know it won’t be long before summer begins!” and not only is it fun to sing, it is true! Easter weekend signifies the turning of the seasons even if the thermostat doesn’t and makes us all feel as though we’ve reached the end of that long tunnel called winter!
In the spirit of approaching warmer weather and those of you already basking in the warm sunshine, I thought I’d share a few ideas to give some new life to your annual Easter egg hunt. We love any holiday that has an excuse to head out into the yard and play!
- Assign each egg hunter a different color to fill their basket during the Easter egg hunt.
- Move the big hunt to Easter eve and break out the flashlights. Paint the eggs with glow in the dark paint for an added wow factor for the kiddos.
- Create a checklist: 3 yellow eggs, 2 blue eggs, 5 orange, etc. Each egg seeker tries to finish his checklist before returning for a prize.
- For older kids, turn it into a scavenger hunt. Open one egg to find a clue that leads to the next and then finally to a surprise!
From all of us at Mosquito Joe we hope you have an eggspecially wonderful Easter filled with lots of chocolate bunnies, sunshine, and successful Easter egg hunts. Enjoy the weekend!
Posted by Julie Green
When you start thinking about the summer that lies ahead of you and all the things you want to do, a lot of them are probably outdoors. Grilling, games of fetch with your dog, laying by the pool, or just sitting on the back deck enjoying an ice cold beverage. We know what would make all of these things perfect and that’s doing all of this with no mosquitoes, for free. Let’s take it a step further and think about the neighborhood barbecue you and your friends have been talking about. What if their yard was mosquito-free too and again, for free? Yep, that’s right.
Mosquito Joe wants to give you and your neighbors the perfect summer to kick back and relax in your yards (all of them!) so we’re launching our Be Your Block Hero contest today. You can enter for the chance to win a free spray for you and your neighbors! It is simple to enter too, all you have to do is find us on Facebook (we’re assuming you’ve already liked our page because you love us but if you haven’t, do that first) then find the Be Your Block Hero tab under our cover photo. Click the tab and fill out the short entry form. That’s it, friends. That’s all that stands between you and a chance to win that awesome block party where you’re the star because you made sure mosquitoes weren’t invited.
I’m going to stop writing so you can stop reading and head on over to Facebook. Be sure to share this blog post (and our Facebook page) with anyone you think may be interested because every neighbor who enters the contest increases your chances of receiving a free spray too! Good luck!
Posted by Julie Green
Benjamin Franklin once said two things in life are certain and they are death and taxes. Here at Mosquito Joe we agree with that, but we also know depending where you live mosquitoes are pretty certain, too. About the time you mail off those tax forms when the April 15 deadline approaches, it is time to start considering what to do about those pesky buzzers in your yard. As you’re gearing up, tax professionals are wrapping up, but not all tax businesses are ready to see their business stream end.
We have always known how well our business opportunity complemented other seasonal businesses, and we have seen exciting growth in our franchisees that own tax businesses! As tax season comes to an end, we’re excited to introduce you to three of our Mosquito Joe owners who also happen to own tax businesses.
Chad Armstrong: Mosquito Joe of East Texas
There’s no doubt Chad Armstrong has the entrepreneurial bug. (Pun intended.) In 1997 he started his own insurance agency and then opened nine Liberty Tax locations. When asked why he went into the mosquito business, he replied, “I was looking for ways to keep my employees working year-round. Tax is a seasonal business and I wanted to provide them with a full time job, and mosquito season happens to occur outside of the tax business period.” We can’t wait to hear how wonderful East Texas is without mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. You can read about Chad and his new business in this News-Journal of Longview article.
Craig Comer: Mosquito Joe of SE Michigan
Craig Comer is already an established and well respected Liberty Tax owner in Michigan. We can thank a postcard (and some mosquitoes ironically) for closing the deal with Craig last year. “Last summer, I got a postcard from Mosquito Joe in the mail and I started thinking about franchising with them, but I put it on hold for awhile. Then, this summer, I got the same postcard, so I went outside to call my Dad and talk to him about opening the business. While I was outside talking about Mosquito Joe, I got eaten alive by mosquitoes.” Craig plans to open two more Mosquito Joe locations by 2016 and we couldn’t be more excited…both for him and Southeast Michigan! No more getting eaten alive for either of them! Check out this great article about Craig and Mosquito Joe of SE Michigan in the Oakland Press.
Brooke Thompson: Mosquito Joe of SW Houston
As the manager of Liberty Tax and a hard money lending business for residential real estate investors, Brooke jokes that he continues to “gravitate to messy industries.” We think mosquitoes are messy too (more so when you smack them) which is why we’re glad he’s in the Mosquito Joe family to make sure Houston, TX has less swatting and more enjoying. He was born and bred in Houston, and he even has his Juris Doctor. He loves that Mosquito Joe gives him a steady flow of business year round, but it was the catchy colors and slogans along with our dedication to customer service that sealed the deal. “I chose Mosquito Joe because they’ve got good branding and they have great customer service scores.” Best of luck this season, Brooke!
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Posted by Julie Green
We all know what today is. It is a glorious day where pranks are allowed, encouraged, and that some of us fall victim to. It is April Fools Day. I can remember in high school thinking it was hilarious to call my parents (who had graciously added me to their insurance policy) to tell them I had just received my third speeding ticket. That April Fools Day joke was a huge fail, and thankfully my need for speed has slowed with age. Probably because I pay my own insurance now!
One thing that we don’t joke about around Mosquito Joe is the health issues that come along with mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. Normally we’re discussing ways to keep you humans safe, but what you might not know is that we’re looking out for your four legged friends too. Did you know mosquitoes, fleas and ticks can cause all of the following in dogs and cats?
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Skin Infections
- Tick paralysis
Mosquito Joe offers you the best offense to these diseases, and that’s a good defense. Protecting your yard with our barrier sprays eliminates fleas and ticks keeping your pets safe and healthy. Spring time should be a time of fetch, chase, and wiggles in the grass, so make sure you contact your local Mosquito Joe and get on the schedule. If not for you, do it for your pets! Outside can be fun again for them, too. And that’s no joke.
photo credit: Giovanna’s Dog Training
Posted by Julie Green
Here at Mosquito Joe, we are very partial to all things Joe. When people ask “So, who is Joe?” we just smile. Possibly derived from the Scottish word jo or joe, meaning sweetheart, “joe” refers to the regular guy or the common man. I tend to disagree a little there. Our Mosquito Joe team consists of a lot of “Joe’s” who wear a lot of hats. Head Joe (our CEO) is our fearless leader, GI Joe (our Director of Operations) is our franchisee’s go-to-person for questions when it comes to well, operating their business. Cup of Joe (our Director of Marketing) makes sure you all recognize our logo and the name Mosquito Joe. Numbers Joe makes sure our bills get paid, Mama Joe runs our local operations (and generally takes care of all of us), and Joe Dee and Joe Cool are the ones you talk to if you’re interested in a franchise. And me? I love being Social Joe, keeping you all updated on all things, you guessed it, Joe.
Well, today is National Joe Day which means we’re celebrating the Joe’s around here who make this company awesome and are far from a regular Joe; that includes all of our wonderful Joe’s across the country. We love making outside fun again and bringing Joe to all of your neighborhoods. How can you celebrate National Joe Day? Here are a few perfect ideas:
- Call your local Mosquito Joe today and sign up for service (some are even running some National Joe Day specials today if you act fast!)
- Like Mosquito Joe on Facebook
- Follow Mosquito Joe on Twitter
- Go put that Mosquito Joe yard sign back out, it is officially Spring, you know!
- High five someone named Joe!
We are looking forward to warm weather, sunshine, and getting those MoJo vans back out in your neighborhood, if they aren’t already there. Happy National Joe Day from Mosquito Joe!