Women of MoJo: Anne Johnson

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, Women of MoJo, 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 our newest franchisees, Anne Johnson.  Anne is the Owner of Mosquito Joe of the Sandhills, servicing Fayetteville, NC and the surrounding areas. She decided to purchase her own MoJo franchise after working as an office manager at another location. I guess you could say she caught the bug for franchising! Check out our talk with Anne below.

What motivated you to get involved in Mosquito Joe?

The motivation came from my daughter, Julie Green, who just happens to work at the corporate office. She called me one day after I had just resigned from my corporate job with plans to semi-retire and asked me if I would be interested in working for one of the Mosquito Joe franchisees who had an office manager opening. She told me I could work remotely which has always been appealing to me as I have been able to work from home for most of my career. This gave me the opportunity to see just how happy customers were with the products and service. I also saw how happy my daughter was and how the company nurtured her growth and expanded her career path and that made me think about possibly purchasing my own franchise. After discussion with my husband and stepson, we realized that the Sandhills area of North Carolina was available – which is where we live. My stepson, Jonathan Johnson, and I purchased the franchise in 2016 and opened for business in April of 2017.

How would you describe the Mosquito Joe community?

The startup of a Mosquito Joe franchise is absolutely the best. You are provided with all the tools and information you need so that you can focus on building your business. All aspects of what they promise you as a franchisee are more than fulfilled, from business coaching to the latest and greatest in marketing – the corporate team does a tremendous job. Also, other franchisees across the country are available to answer questions and assist you in any way. Our customers are the most appreciative I have ever had the opportunity to service throughout my career. All the support provided by corporate and other franchisees keeps me free to make sure that we provide the best customer service to our customers.

Why is a Mosquito Joe business a good fit for women?

Mosquito Joe allows women the ability to balance their work and home life. As a grandmother, I have babysat for my grandchildren while routing vans for the next workday. My grandson even has a makeshift office for himself when he comes to spend the week during the summer. He is already learning how to answer the phone. One of the happiest moments last summer was when I heard him walk down the hall with his play phone. I heard him say “Mosquito Joe. How can I help you?” The system is set up to work with you in maintaining a life balance and not against 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?

The neat and clean appearance of our technicians each day removes any ideas that this is a “dirty” industry for men or women. The bug itself may present itself as “dirty” but honestly, everything about our operation is clean and pristine – from the clean appearance of our technicians, to inside and outside of our vans. 

What do you find most empowering about your job?

I love that I have direct interaction with our customers and our technicians. I enjoy the multi-tasking that takes place every day in order to own and operate your own business. All of this keeps me stimulated and motivated. As an entrepreneur, I understand that I have total control of the success of my company – and that alone empowers me every day to provide the best customer service possible.


We’re so proud Anne and her family are a part of the Mosquito Joe family. If you would like more information about Mosquito Joe of the Sandhills and their mosquito treatment services in North Carolina, 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 MoJo: Lindsay Fitzpatrick

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, Women of MoJo, 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 our newest franchisees, Lindsay Fitzpatrick. Lindsay and her husband Ted are owners of Mosquito Joe of Naples. On top of that, she still maintains a full time position as a registered nurse and is the mother to a two-year old son, three dogs, and two cats! We are thrilled to welcome Lindsay and Ted to our franchise and have them show you how you can truly be your own boss with MoJo.

What motivated you to get involved in Mosquito Joe?

We had looked at a few other franchises and MoJo hands down had the best corporate culture, attitude and support that we were looking for in a franchise. More importantly, I could see Mosquito Joe as a service that my own family needed in Southwest Florida!! I felt that if it was something we could use, then there had to be other families in our area who would feel the same way!

What is your typical day during mosquito season?

I open the surgery center I work at, so I get to work at 5:30am, come home around 2pm and help with Mosquito Joe until our son is home from school around 3:30-4pm. Then I get to do my favorite job, which is mommy to our two year old son! Having MoJo services in our own yard makes this part of my day so much more fun because we can actually be outside and enjoy it!!

Why is a Mosquito Joe business a good fit for women?

It really caters to the active lifestyle we have as a family. We have a toddler, three dogs and two cats! We protect them all with our services, and it gives us flexibility to be there for our son and still work.

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 find what we do empowering to families because it gives them the ability to spend more time together doing more engaging activities outside rather than sitting inside watching TV or similar. I feel better knowing I provide an added barrier against disease (always thinking like a nurse) and that being more active outside in the fresh air and sunshine is always good for everyone! My career as a nurse isn’t glamorous, so pest control doesn’t really bother me!

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

It is so rewarding to see how you help families and property owners maximize their outdoor areas and time spent there! It gives you flexibility depending on how you structure your role in the business as well. I still manage to work full time, get my family time and help my husband run MoJo! It’s the perfect balance for me, and I know that in the future, I have the ability to continue to mold my role in all of my “jobs” to fit well with MoJo.


If you are interested in getting rid of mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks in your yard, give Mosquito Joe a call! And if you are looking for your next business venture or just the opportunity to be your own boss like Lindsay, visit our Franchise Information Page to get started on the path to joining the MoJo family!

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Women of MoJo: Julie Green

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’re introducing you to one of the gals from the corporate office of Mosquito Joe. Julie Green is our Marketing Manager, and is part of the team behind the fun branding, taglines, and fun advertisements you see about Mosquito Joe. Julie hails from the City of Oaks and is a graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Her husband’s naval career brought them to the area, and boy are we happy it did. She’s been with the company since we signed our first franchisee and is one of our franchisee’s go-to girls when they need marketing help. She has a background in public relations, communications and franchising and is known to enjoy a good glass of pinot noir when she isn’t chasing her son Mason and the silliest mutt of all time, Lilly.

  1. What brought you to Mosquito Joe? My husband is active duty in the Navy and we received orders to Norfolk, Virginia in 2011. After welcoming our first son in 2012 I was looking for jobs and came across a job posting for a position with an outdoor pest control company I had definitely never heard of. When I came in to meet the team, I came home so excited about the opportunity. That was four and a half years ago and 0 franchises. Today, I look around and think about what a crazy ride it’s been that we’re in 31 states and have 120 franchisees. I’m immensely glad I followed my gut and took a chance on that start up…Mosquito Joe is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
  2. What is your role in the Mosquito Joe business? I am the Marketing Manager for MoJo! I manage our public relations, social media and the awesome brand you all know and love. My main role is to be a point of contact for franchisees when they need some guidance in the marketing world. When they leave training their support system doesn’t end – we’re on standby for any of their needs. We like to tell them we’re their own built in marketing team and I love working with them every day.
  3. Why is a Mosquito Joe business a good fit for women? The opportunity is a perfect fit for women on so many different levels. A lot of times women are pulled between home life and career life and MoJo gives the opportunity to do both because it’s a mobile business. There’s so much flexibility and you need that when juggling kids and work. Women also really relate to needing the service and are able to not only have that discussion, but also connect with our customers on an important level.
  4. What do you find most empowering about your job? I can truly say I never thought my career would take me into the world of bugs, but I love it. While it isn’t so much about the actual bugs themselves (although my vast knowledge of them is a fun party trick now), I love working for a brand and service that gives people the ability to get back outside. My family and I are always outside whether we’re grilling, playing with our son and dog or just enjoying a beverage on the patio so I’m as passionate about our service as I am the brand. Also, I get to work with business owners everyday who make a difference in their community and that makes me happy above all else.Getting to help people realize their dreams is pretty empowering. Everyday I work with people who taken a leap of faith not only in themselves but also our brand and I take that pretty seriously. My main goal is to make sure my franchisees succeed, and marketing is a big part of that.
  5. Who is your inspiration and why? I would definitely have to say my mom and my sister. Being raised by strong, independent women was a gift for me. I feel like so much of my ambition and drive comes from watching them throughout my life. My Mom and Dad gave me so many opportunities that allowed me to find my wings, but I also got to watch my sister achieve some pretty awesome goals before I even graduated from college. All of those combined made it impossible not to think I could do anything I set my mind to. We’re all adults now, but they continue to be my role models. My mom is now actually an owner of her own Mosquito Joe franchise (that’s how much we love MoJo!) and my sister is in the academia world and has dedicated her life to making other people’s lives better. They are the most hilarious, passionate women I know and I’m so thankful they’re not only in my life, but are required to put up with me for all of time!

Thanks Julie!  We’re so proud she is helping lead the charge 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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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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