Posted by Julie Green
Whether we like it or not, we have a few more weeks to wait for the warmer seasons. The official start of spring is 3 weeks away and some parts of the country are still dealing with winter weather and freezing temperatures. Does that mean mosquito control is something that shouldn’t be on our minds yet? Well, not exactly.
Even during winter months and cold temperatures, female mosquitoes are around. They go into a state called diapause. David Denlinger is an entomologist at Ohio State University in Columbus and he describes diapause as a state where mosquitoes “essentially shut down their development and hunker it out until spring comes.” The mosquito eggs are even more resilient. Mosquito eggs have been known to stand up to many harsh situations and survive through them. While it is very common for female mosquitoes to lay their eggs on or near standing water, they can survive desert situations, freezing temperatures, and other forces of nature such as storms. Keep in mind once a mosquito egg hatches it becomes an adult (adult = biting) in 4-7 days, so this process is a quick one.
How can you avoid a spring hatching of mosquitoes in your yard? Remember, snow melts into water. Make sure your yards are clear of anything that can catch rain water or melting snow. These can include something as simple as a child’s toy, a shovel laying on the ground, flower pots or a swing. Keep these empty and you can avoid an overabundance of mosquito eggs. And of course, go ahead and get on the schedule for the first spray of the season with your local Mosquito Joe. We’ll make sure you spend your time doing the things you love instead of swatting this spring and summer.
photo credit: NPR
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 Holmes of Mosquito Joe of the Tri-State Area, who provides mosquito control services in the tri-state region of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. You may remember hearing about the Holmes’ when we reported on their generous and charitable efforts in Charleston, WV earlier this year after a chemical spill contaminated the water supply in that area. Melissa and her husband own their franchise, and Melissa oversees the day to day operations of the business. She is a mother of three and runs the business out of her home, which gives her the flexibility to set her own hours and allow for that precious family time. Her nurturing and caring personality is one of the reasons her customers have grown to love Mosquito Joe of the Tri-State Area, not to mention they are famous for driving their kids around in the MoJo van!
What is the most memorable moment from your first season?
After seeing that our services really did work, a grandmother was nearly brought to tears. She has a granddaughter that has juvenile diabetes and when she gets bit by mosquitoes she has allergic reactions that send her straight to the emergency room. You can imagine, she doesn’t get to spend much time outdoors. We made her yard, her grandmother’s yard, and her neighbor’s yard mosquito free and she’s able to play outside again. The grandmother said she had prayed about a solution and then there we were. That makes you feel good!
Why is a Mosquito Joe business a good fit for women?
The hours allow for family time. And I really feel that customers connect with a “mom” on the phone. They feel like if you trust the product so can they. I find that it is a great industry and making yards safe for kids and pets is something women really tend to care about.
When considering your own business, why did you choose Mosquito Joe?
It was a great business concept. We felt it was the best fit for our family due to start up costs, hours, and most of all a product that really works. We felt from the very beginning this will succeed.
What are the most common questions you get asked?
The most common is probably does it actually work? (Yes, it does!) The second is how long does it last (21 days per treatment) and then of course, how soon can you come out?!
Who is your inspiration and why?
My husband, Jeff. He believes in me and lifts me up. We work great together and have the same ideals and goals. We are a great team.
We’re so proud Melissa and the Holmes family are a part of Mosquito Joe. If you would like more information about Mosquito Joe of the Tri-State area and their services, be sure to check out their website and read more about what they offer. And if you’re interested in the Mosquito Joe opportunity, we’d love to hear from you. You could be the next Woman of Mosquito Joe!
Posted by Julie Green
Everyone knows our season starts when the weather warms up, flowers start to bloom, and the bugs come out of hibernation in the spring. But our work begins long before that! We are busy getting ready and preparing to make outside fun again and one of the ways we do this is by participating in local home and garden shows in the areas we operate. Not only is it a chance for residents to come out and learn a little bit about what we do, it is also a fun opportunity for us to meet new customers and say hi to old friends!
Because we don’t want you to miss any of the events Mosquito Joe is participating in, make sure you browse the list below, find your local MoJo (listed alphabetically by state), and mark the dates in your calendar!
Mosquito Joe of NW Arkansas
Greater Fort Smith Association of Home Builders Home Show
February 21-23, 2014
Fort Smith, AR
Mosquito Joe of Macon
Macon Home Expo
March 14-16, 2014
Mosquito Joe of Baltimore
Suburban Maryland Spring Home Show
April 4-6, 2014
West Friendship, MD
Mosquito Joe of SE Michigan
Cottage & Lakefront Living Show
February 27-March 2, 2014
Mosquito Joe of S. Columbus
The Columbus Dispatch Home & Garden Show
February 22-March 2, 2014
Mosquito Joe of North Oklahoma City
The Oklahoma City Home & Outdoor Living Show
March 21-23, 2014
Oklahoma City, OK
Mosquito Joe of SW Houston
Houston Home Show
March 28-30, 2014
Mosquito Joe of Virginia Beach-Norfolk
Mid-Atlantic Home & Garden Show
April 11-13, 2014
Virginia Beach, VA
So remember, if you are local to any of these area, make sure you have these dates in your calendar. We would love nothing more than to see you at the Mosquito Joe booth to say hi! We always have some fun prizes and of course, lots of information on how you can keep your yard safe, itch free, and fun again. Happy home show season!
Posted by Julie Green
As the date for our first annual franchisee convention approached, so did the snow. All of us at the office stared at the weather in horror. We had franchisees coming in from all over the country and they were calling for 6″ of snow in Virginia Beach (which, by the way, never gets snow). We worried travel plans would be effected and people would have to cancel, but as the day arrived and we kept seeing more smiling faces arrive, our franchisees proved once again just how dedicated they are.
Our first convention was a huge success. We can’t thank everyone enough for traveling to spend the weekend with us sharing ideas, learning new tricks, and of course having some fun. CEO Kevin Wilson kicked off the weekend with a State of MoJo Address to get everyone ready for all the amazing things to come in 2014. Later, our keynote speaker Nick Powills of No Limit Agency had us laughing while thinking about the story we all have to tell (don’t forget, 8 seconds to make a first impression), and then we had some team building on the go kart track.
One of our favorite parts of the convention was our dinner and awards ceremony, where we relaxed over some good food and even better company and also recognized franchisees who stood out in 2013. We couldn’t be more excited for our winners:
We say this all the time, but it is worth repeating – our franchisees are the reason this is such an amazing company. Thank you again to all of our franchisees who attended the convention and made it so special, especially those that had to brave inclement weather to do so. Thanks to all the vendors that made the trip to put a face with the companies the franchisees work with every day. Mosquito Joe has some exciting things in store for 2014, so be sure to stay tuned for more blog posts!
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 new blog series the Women of Mosquito Joe, we’ll be highlighting 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 Stephanie Simon from Mosquito Joe of Northwest Arkansas. Stephanie and her husband own their franchise and Stephanie oversees the day to day operations of the business. She is a mother of three and runs the business out of her home, which gives her the flexibility to get the kids on the bus and to be at the dinner table every night. Her infectious personality and attention to detail have made her popular among the customers in NW Arkansas and at Mosquito Joe!
What do you find most empowering about your job?
Stephanie: I am the voice of the company. I get to be the one who makes sure our customers are happy and taken care of from their initial call to their last treatment of the season.
There are often misconceptions around the pest control industry and in particular with women working in that industry. What are your thoughts on this?
Stephanie: The old standard is to ask the man to “kill that bug!” However, times are changing and women have been empowered over the years to be independent. I don’t think of this field as “dirty.” I find it exciting to be able to help other moms in my community to be able to enjoy their summers outside with their families.
Tell us about your typical day during the season.
Stephanie: I am up early making sure our technicians have everything thing they need for a successful day, including the correct routes, products and van supplies. Once the technicians are their way, I then get my kids off to school (until June that is). After the family is taken care of, I start on all my daily reports and get ready for the next few days of routes. Throughout the day, I will check on my techs and answer all the customer calls, making sure everything is running smoothly. I also make follow up calls and write thank you cards to all my new customers to make sure they know how grateful we are they chose Mosquito Joe.
When considering opening your own business, why did you choose Mosquito Joe?
Stephanie: I like having the support of a franchise and knowing I have the tools to make it work. I like being able to stay at home with my family. This service gives me the peace of mind to protect my family and the community from those disease-ridden outdoor pests. The seasonality was a big factor as well, knowing that during the winter months and holidays, I won’t have to miss spending time with my extended family and friends.
We’re so proud Stephanie and the Simon family are a part of Mosquito Joe. If you would like more information about Mosquito Joe of NW Arkansas and their services, be sure to check out their website and read more about what they offer. And if you’re interested in the Mosquito Joe opportunity, we’d love to hear from you. You could be the next Woman of Mosquito Joe!