Women of Mosquito Joe: Michele Sommers

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 Michele Sommers of Mosquito Joe of Springfield, IL. Michele and her husband Jeff are no strangers to owning their own business. Together, they’ve been self-employed for 12 years running their own architecture practice since 2004. While Jeff’s background is in detail and design, Michele’s is in organization and business structure, so it’s no surprise she runs the show at Mosquito Joe. She is the owner/operator and wears every hat there is from answering phones to marketing and finances all the way to getting into the van and treating properties!  The services provided by Michele and her crew make sure Springfield, IL is itch free as well as adding a layer of defense for mosquito borne illness.

What motivated you to get involved with Mosquito Joe?

I got involved in Mosquito Joe because I loved the culture of the company. The focus on having fun outdoors was right up my alley. And the fact that it’s a seasonal business was perfect for me – I wanted to stay current with my skill set in business, but didn’t want to work year-round in a corporate job. It’s a win-win!

Sommers FamilyHow would you describe the Mosquito Joe community?

I love the fact that I always have a support system at my fingertips. Whether it’s from the corporate side or from my fellow franchisees, I’m blessed to have friends and experts by my side. I also LOVE the support I receive from our customers! They’re always so happy to Share the MoJo with their friends. They love helping us grow our business!

What do you find empowering about your job?

I love the fact that I am able to impact my community in a positive way through my business.

There are often misconceptions around the pest control industry and in particular with women working in that industry. What are your thoughts on those? 

Sitting at a desk all day every day can get very boring. I like that we have the ability to get out there and get our hands dirty if we want to. I’d actually like to get out there more often than I actually do. I love meeting our customers and seeing the excitement on their faces as we talk about helping them knock down their mosquito population. I love educating people on why it’s important to practice prevention and how they can play a part in mosquito control as well. Problem solving and education are a big part of this business. I love that!

What advice would you give a woman considering opening a Mosquito Joe business?

I’d say “go for it” – it’s very rewarding helping others create an outdoor environment that is protected and enjoyable for their families.

We’re so proud Michele and her family are a part of the Mosquito Joe family. If you would like more information about Mosquito Joe of Springfield, IL and their mosquito treatment services in Illinois, be sure to check out their website and read more about what they offer. They have a season pre-pay discount happening now, so call and pay before February 28 and save 15%! If you call and pay after March 1, you’ll still save 10%. The only thing you’ve got to lose is mosquitoes, and we doubt you’ll miss those. 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!

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Women of Mosquito Joe: Tiffany Farmer

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 Tiffany Farmer of Mosquito Joe of New Orleans. After speaking with a Mosquito Joe franchisee who just happened to be their neighbors, Tiffany and her husband Terry decided it was the perfect fit. Some say the mosquito is the state bird of Louisiana so Tiffany felt a strong urge to protect herself and her family, but also her community.

What is your role in the Mosquito Joe business?

My role in the business is running the day to day operations. I get the technicians ready and on their routes, then I take the calls and answer questions and sign customers up. You could say I do it all…except spraying 😉 

How do you balance this with your family or home life?

The balance between home and work life is pretty easy. I work from home, so that makes it simple for me. I set a time of day when work is done and then I switch over to family. You have to find the right balance that fits for you, and thankfully Mosquito Joe is the perfect balance for us.

When considering opening your own business, why did you choose Mosquito Joe?

I choose Mosquito Joe because it didn’t feel like just another franchise, it felt like a family. To me, family is the most important thing so why not work with family and make a living? It’s really fun for us and was definitely the right choice. 

There are often misconceptions around the pest control industry and in particular with women working in that industry (that it’s dirty, etc.); what are your thoughts on those?

I do not find the pest control business to be dirty. Everything from our van and the way our technicians provide the service is so well organized that it doesn’t FEEL like pest control.  This brand is awesome because no one likes mosquitoes, we get rid of them, and more importantly we get to make outside fun again for families.

We’re so proud Tiffany and Terry are a part of the Mosquito Joe family. If you would like more information about Mosquito Joe of New Orleans and their mosquito treatment services in Louisiana, 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!

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Women of Mosquito Joe: Lindsay Horsman

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 Lindsay Horsman of Mosquito Joe of Frederick. Lindsay and her husband Chris had always wanted to own their own business, and after becoming frustrated with her job, they took the leap and purchased a Mosquito Joe franchise. She oversees the day to day operations of the business and every once in awhile can even be found servicing a customer’s yard!

What is your role in the Mosquito Joe business?

I am the office manager and run the business on a daily basis. I handle 90% of customer calls and emails, all of the bookkeeping, and marketing. I share the responsibility of all hiring and training of technicians with my husband, Chris.

What is your most memorable moment from your first season?

We participated in a parade and took our son to ride along in the van. I had a great time handing out frisbees to kids and koozies to adults and everyone shouting “Mosquito Joe” at us. It was fun for us as a family and great to be out in the community for our business. But, it was the moment where we both really realized that we could be and were becoming small business owners and active members of these new communities. It was a very exciting experience and what finally made the whole process seem real and a permanent part of our lives.

What do you find most empowering about your job?

My husband and I make all decisions regarding the business, what’s more empowering than that? I am the boss for all the good and bad that comes with it. This business is mine which makes all the difference when I have an unpleasant task to complete because I’m reaping all the benefits. Instead of slogging through day after day at another company and not feeling like my hard works makes a difference to my company, I know what I’ll get out of it is directly related to how much time and energy I put in.  And it’s very freeing to work for yourself, it’s a different sense of independence.

There are often misconceptions around the pest control industry and in particular with women working in that industry. What are your thoughts on those?

The pest control industry certainly isn’t glamorous and not something I ever thought I’d work in, but I find myself very excited about it now. On a day-to-day basis I work in an office setting, so it’s no different than working in any other office really, I just happen to talk to people about bugs all day! I’ve gone out with Chris for some treatments, and it’s not really as “dirty” as most people see it. It can certainly get hot, and I’m sure the pack seems heavier to me than to my husband, but it’s not something I can’t or won’t do if we ever need an extra technician! There’s no reason a female shouldn’t or can’t be part of this industry.

We’re so proud Lindsay and Chris are a part of the Mosquito Joe family. If you would like more information about Mosquito Joe of Frederick and their mosquito treatment services in Maryland, 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!

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Women of Mosquito Joe: Marla Carruth

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 Marla Carruth of Mosquito Joe of Baton Rouge. Marla is a music teacher who was ready for a change, so she and her fiancée Howard took the leap and opened their local Mosquito Joe. She oversees the day to day operations of the business and even sprays with her technicians!  The services provided by Marla and Howard make sure their customers are not only itch free, but also help protect them from these mosquito transmitted diseases like Zika virus which is making big headlines in Louisiana this year.

What is your role in the Mosquito Joe business?

A little bit of everything: co-owner, office manager, technician—I am woman! Hear me roar!

There are often misconceptions around the pest control industry and in particular with women working in that industry (that it’s dirty, etc.); what are your thoughts on those?  Do you find them to be true or untrue?

Being in the pest-control industry is about learning as you would anything else. As a teacher, I was trained to begin with the end in mind. It’s the same in the pest-control industry, or any other industry for that matter. Learn all you can and work toward pleasing your customers. We as women do not have to fit into one type of box.

How do you balance this with your family or home life?

My children are older so they too, are involved which makes it a fun, family business! My son is a technician and my daughter helps me in the office. Howard fills in wherever is necessary.

What advice would you give a woman considering opening a Mosquito Joe business?

Mosquito Joe is empowering me as a woman to do something I never would have believed I would/could do, so I say be fearless! Have patience and be persistent.

Who is your inspiration and why?

My great aunt, whom we called “Big Sister.” She was born in 1895 and became a college professor. She had courage and determination to be educated and successful at a time women were not expected to work outside the home.

We’re so proud Marla and Howard are a part of the Mosquito Joe family. If you would like more information about Mosquito Joe of Baton Rouge and their mosquito treatment services in Louisiana, 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!

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Women of Mosquito Joe – Joanna Patterson

If there is one thing we’ve learned it’s that there are many misconceptions about women in the pest control industry! So while we could write a blog post about 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 Joanna Patterson of Mosquito Joe of Suburban Pittsburgh.  Joanna runs the day-to-day operations of the business alongside her husband, Jeff – both of whom are certified pesticide applicators.  While Jeff works as a technician servicing customers, Joanna deals with everything else, from customer service and scheduling to inventory and marketing!

Chatting with Joanna

What motivated you to get involved with Mosquito Joe?

Joanna: Our friends had experienced two family members (father and daughter) having Lyme disease in the same season. After that, I heard about other friends and acquaintances who had Lyme disease with varying degrees of severity.  My husband is also a mosquito attractor, and I’ve heard him lament many times about being bitten on the porch.  I could understand the appeal of the service, and I also liked the people I met at Mosquito Joe Corporate.  The seasonality of the business was appealing too.  I now work part-time during the winter months in another job and full-time at Mosquito Joe in the spring and summer, so I’m never bored!

What is your role in the Mosquito Joe business?

Joanna: I run the day-to-day operations, working closely with my husband, who has owned his own business for 20 years and has a lot of knowledge.  He and I do everything related to the business.  We are both certified pesticide applicators, and Jeff does all of the treatments for our customers.

There are often misconceptions about the pest control industry, in particular, about women working in this industry because it’s “dirty” and “grimey.”  What are your thoughts on those?  Do you find them to be true or untrue?

Joanna: I have found that I’m a rarity in Pittsburgh as a woman who owns a pest control company.  In our business, we have the advantage of knowing exactly what is in our products and exactly how to use them so that concerns are minimized.  I am a certified applicator in Pennsylvania, and while the backpack sprayer is too heavy for me, the handheld sprayer is perfect.  And I would not hesitate to do a treatment. 

What do you find most empowering about your job?

Joanna: One of the most empowering things about my job is the autonomy of working when I want and need to.  This means that I am working 7 days a week, but it also means that if I have to leave for an hour in the middle of the day to do something, I can do that too.

Thanks Joanna!

We are so proud Joanna is a part of the Mosquito Joe family. If you would like more information about Mosquito Joe of Suburban Pittsburgh and their mosquito treatment services, be sure to check out their website. 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!

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Women of Mosquito Joe: Gail Yongue

If there is one thing we’ve learned it’s that there are many misconceptions about women in the pest control industry! So while we could write a blog post about 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 Gail Yongue of Mosquito Joe of Gulf Coast Alabama.  While her husband Jim helps with the business, Gail is the one running the day-to-day operations and making sure all the customers are swat free and enjoying that Alabama sunshine.  Since Gail used to work in the healthcare industry as a hospice nurse, taking care of people is natural to her, and she’s amazing at what she does!

Chatting with Gail

What motivated you to get involved with Mosquito Joe?

Gail: I’ve always wanted to own a business so I could pave my own way. Mosquito Joe was a good fit for our lifestyle and my background. And who doesn’t want to get rid of mosquitoes?!

How would you describe the Mosquito Joe community?

Gail: I thought leaving hospice would be hard because I would miss a connection with others and the feeling of helping people. However, there are many customers with whom I feel a connection and who are so happy as we have changed their lives. I have also enjoyed feeling a community among the franchisees whom I have made connections with – between them and corporate you have a constant “phone a friend” to help with aspects of the business when you need more guidance or just a listening ear.

Why is Mosquito Joe a good business fit for women?

Gail: Wives and mothers want their backyard to be a place to make memories, memories that don’t include being bitten and having their children crying. Being a woman-owned business allows you to connect and empathize in a personal way with the women of the families.

Who is your inspiration and why?

Gail: I have a few, but Rob Dyrdek is high on my list and one person I would love to meet. I’d love to learn a thing or two about business from him. Unless you are around my age or are into skateboarding you might not know who he is.  But the reason I like him is that he’s self made and enjoys life while pursuing his dreams, all while creating stuff for the rest of us to enjoy.  Oh, and he cares about community and people!

Thanks Gail!

We’re so proud Gail is a part of the Mosquito Joe family. If you would like more information about Mosquito Joe of Gulf Coast Alabama 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!

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Women of Mosquito Joe: Kate Kimpton

If there is one thing we’ve learned it’s that there are many misconceptions about women in the pest control industry! So while we could write a blog post about 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 Kate Kimpton of Mosquito Joe of Northwest Houston.  While her husband Paul helps with the business, Kate runs the day-to-day operations.  She also takes care of bookkeeping, marketing, and occasionally spraying in the field.  Five kids and two English Mastiffs certainly keep her busy around the clock, but Kate has learned to balance work and play as she enters her second year with Mosquito Joe.  She even has her kids help out with the business and uses her four-legged friends as adorable MoJo billboards when possible.

What motivated you to get involved with Mosquito Joe?

Kate: I was motivated to get into franchising by a desire to have my own company. Mosquito Joe appealed to me for several reasons: the ethics, the light-hearted humor, and the well thought out business model.

What’s your typical day like during the season?

Kate: Busy!  During the busiest time, I have another person in the office with me.  Sometimes there are three of us speaking to customers, quoting, keeping the books, working with technicians, keeping up on supplies, and reaching out to the community.

Why is Mosquito Joe business a good fit for women?

Kate: Well for starters, you are your own boss. You have down time during the year, which is great for spending time with the kids. For myself, I love showing my kids what it means to own your own business and what hard work is all about and the rewards it comes with. It is a great lesson.

There are often misconceptions about the pest control industry, in particular with women working in that industry.  What are your thoughts on those?  How do you find them to be true or untrue?

Kate: There is a big difference between the image of a guy crawling around in a nest of spiders and what we do. I don’t work in the field, but I can say that pest control is all about keeping our families safe. The majority of our customers are women, and they are mostly concerned with being outside and not worrying about their kids. I can relate to that. As the applicator, I can also answer all their questions.

Thanks Kate!

We’re so proud Kate is a part of the Mosquito Joe family. If you would like more information about Mosquito Joe of Northwest Houston and their mosquito treatment services in Texas, 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!

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Women of Mosquito Joe: Serife Norfleat

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 Serife Norfleat of Mosquito Joe of Cape Coral, FL. Serife and her fiance Buddy own their franchise together. Serife oversees the day to day operations of the business but is never afraid to get out there with her technicians. Mosquito Joe allowed Serife and her husband-to-be to relocate to Florida earlier than anticipated, so they’re enjoying the warmer weather. In the news these days in Florida it is hard to miss the articles about Dengue FeverWest Nile, and even the new (to the United States) virus from the Carribbean, Chikungunya. The services provided by Buddy and Serife make sure their customers are not only itch free, but also help protect them from these mosquito transmitted diseases.

What motivated you to get involved in Mosquito Joe?
We had just purchased a house in Cape Coral, FL and on our flight back home to Maryland we came across an article about Mosquito Joe in the Southwest Airlines magazine.  Mosquitoes love me and if there is one around it will make sure it attaches itself to me and bites!  This franchise sounded like the perfect opportunity for us, and it allowed us to move into our new home faster.

What’s your typical day during the season?   
I answer phone calls and schedule service for new customers. I make phone calls to current customers that we have recently sprayed to follow up with them on their service.  I always follow up with each new customer 1 week after the initial spray.  I send out reminders to customers who have an upcoming spray and call those customers that don’t have an email address.  At the end of the day I make sure that all invoices have been sent and then the very important job of having the routing optimized for the technicians for the next day of spraying.  Throughout the day I am answering questions that come in and looking for new ways to promote our business.

What are some of the most common questions you get asked by customers or potential customers?
People always want to make sure that it is safe for their pets, and since we target fleas and ticks too, we help get rid of pet itches too! They also generally ask how long they have to stay inside before going back out in their yard (only 30 minutes!) and how soon will they notice the results. I love being able to tell them they’ll see a difference in their mosquito population in just 24-48 hours.

Why is a Mosquito Joe business a good fit for women?
I love the fact that you are able to work from home.  You have flexibility which is very important if you have kids or loved ones that you also need to take care of.

What do you find most empowering about your job?
I love being that initial contact and explaining what we do and how we can help.  Then getting that phone call or seeing a review that is thanking you for helping them be able to enjoy the outdoors again is an awesome feeling.

Thanks Serife!

We’re so proud Serife and  Buddy are a part of the Mosquito Joe family. If you would like more information about Mosquito Joe of Cape Coral and their mosquito treatment services in Florida, 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!

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Women of Mosquito Joe: Melissa Godwin

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?
Godwin wedding day
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.

Thanks Melissa!

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!

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Women of Mosquito Joe: Angela Zerda

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’re introducing you to one of the gals from the corporate office of Mosquito Joe. Angela Zerda is our Director of Marketing and is the brains behind the fun branding, taglines, and fun advertisements you see about Mosquito Joe. Hailing from Texas, she is a proud (very, very proud) graduate of the University of Texas and her background ranges from an advertising agency all the way to coffee (we’ll let her explain that). We’re glad the road led to Mosquito Joe because Angela’s quick wit and hilarious stories about her German Shepherd, Chevy, keep us laughing around here. She’s pretty good at the whole marketing thing too…

Who is your inspiration and why? 

I’ve been inspired by many people in my life but the biggest standout is my mom. She is an incredibly strong and caring woman and I am so proud of everything about her. It never ceases to amaze me how much she cares about every person who comes into her life. Whether it’s one of her students, a friend of a friend, a church member or a family member, she never thinks twice about making sure others have the same level of support and opportunity that she gave her own children.  It was common growing up to have an extra person join us for Christmas or Thanksgiving simply because they didn’t have anywhere else to go or couldn’t afford to travel to their family. And that’s just one example. I could go on…

What brought you to Mosquito Joe? 

Basically the stars aligned and a light shone the way to MoJo….sort of.  The abridged version of this story is that for me, the opportunity with Mosquito Joe was a perfect mix of marketing and entrepreneurial-ness (don’t worry, marketing people can get away with using words like that). Marketing is my bread and butter, and having been a business owner I can relate to the experiences our franchisees are going through. Plus, when I found out the CEO’s wife is a fellow Texas Longhorn I knew I was in the right place. (Hook ‘em)

How did you get your name Cup of Joe? 

I am Cup of Joe because, well, by the time I came up with a name for everyone else I was running short of options. Just kidding. Kind of. Anyway, Cup of Joe is a fitting name for me because I used to own a coffee shop in Austin, TX called the Irie Bean Coffee Bar. I opened it with two great business partners, one of which continues to run it today. I love coffee shops and if you are familiar with the term “irie” it’s all about positive vibes, and I always try to surround myself with positivity. Smiling is my favorite. (Elf reference anyone?)  So here’s my Cup of Joe pitch: If you find yourself in Austin, go by the Irie Bean and tell them Angela sent you.

There are often misconceptions around the pest control industry and in particular with women working in that industry (that it’s dirty, etc.); what are your thoughts on those?

As a woman, I can honestly say that I never in my life thought I’d be working for a pest control company. But someone wise once said, “Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.”  And I love it.  To me, it’s not about working for a company that kills bugs; it’s about working for a company that gives people the freedom to get outside again and enjoy their yards. It’s about being able to eat meals on the patio, entertain friends, and play with your dog (all things which I love to do) without getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. Being a part of that is great.

I think people look at pest control as a dirty industry but if you ever visit our corporate headquarters you’ll see that we’re actually a very clean business. Our technicians and office staff shower regularly, there’s no gross smells or stains in the warehouse, and there are certainly no pests crawling around. We’re not sloppy.  In fact, I’d say we’re very smooth operators. (Sade, anyone? Circa 1980s…)

I also think this business is a natural fit for women because there’s so much flexibility built into running it.  Some women like to actually perform the service, but most prefer to hire others to do that and instead focus on the customer service side of things (taking calls, scheduling, routing, etc). Since many of our customers are women, it’s easy for our female operators to relate to why they want the service and talk through any concerns.  It’s also a flexible work schedule because you can work from home, so our female franchisees are able to accommodate getting their kids to school (or husbands to work) in the morning and being there when they get home after. We actually have a great video highlighting some of our female franchisees so you should check that out to see what being a woman in pest control is all about. Girl power!

What’s your favorite tagline and why?

This is a tough question because I love them all for different reasons. I think our main slogan, “Outside is fun again.” will always be king for me because it’s the core of what we do, but I also love “Playtime is back.” because it makes me feel like a kid again. I also love the slogan we use in our bathrooms at the corporate office that says, “Don’t worry. You’re safe in here.” Get it?  Anyway, that’s the beauty of it – there’s a tagline for every occasion!
Thanks Angela!  
We’re so proud she is leading the way when it comes to marketing efforts for Mosquito Joe. If you’re interested in the Mosquito Joe opportunity and being a neighborhood hero in your community we’d love to hear from you. You could be the next Woman of Mosquito Joe!

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