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!