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!