Employee Spotlight: Molly Davis

 

Molly has been working for Mosquito Joe as an office assistant since the summer of 2017 when she was in high school. Since then, she has taken over our social media management and been with us every summer, and on occasion over spring and winter break. Now a senior at TAMU Corpus Christi, Molly will be with us this summer for a short time before she moves into a career in digital marketing, with a focus on the environmental justice field.

What made you want to work at Mosquito Joe of NW Houston & S Brazos?

I grew up watching my mother open and build Mosquito Joe NW Houston from the ground up in our home. My older sister also worked in the “office” (our study) in the early years, where I learned all about our work through many one-sided phone conversations. When the time came to look for my first job, my mother was more than supportive of me taking a position to assist her.

What’s one word to describe your time at Mosquito Joe?

Not the word many might use to describe their work experience, but I think “family” is the first to come to mind. It’s a family business, after all! I work(ed) alongside my brothers, sister, mother, and stepfather over the years, and we worked out of our home office for my first few years as an office assistant. Family has been an integral part of my time at Mosquito Joe.

Do you have a favorite customer story?

Yes, actually! I always love to hear feedback from a happy customer and know that the work we do in the office makes a positive impact on others. It was a phone call with one of our customers, a very kind, older woman. She called the office just to tell us all about how happy she was with our services; we chatted about gardening, hummingbirds, our family business, and just how pleased she was to enjoy time outdoors with loved ones. It’s always nice to be reminded we are making a difference for others.

Fun fact about you?

I’m a college student at TAMU Corpus Christi and an active member of my university’s environmental club and feminist club. A lot of my spare time is spent organizing in my community and hosting events like beach cleans, educational workshops, and environmental justice efforts. I was also a gymnast and a big science fair nerd when I was younger!

Do you have any hobbies?

Other than things previously mentioned, I love attending concerts and supporting local music/artists. I’m lucky enough to attend college on the beach, so I also frequently visit my favorite spots on the Corpus Christi coast. A last hobby would be traveling, something I hope to do much more of when I graduate.

What are some of the most common misconceptions customers have about mosquitoes?

I feel like there are so many. ‘Baby mosquitoes’ is probably the most common phrase I hear which is not accurate (as we all know thanks to the amazing previous blog, ‘The Life-Cycle of a Texas Mosquito”. Customers new to Texas also have a misconception about ‘mosquito season’ and are unpleasantly surprised upon realizing there is no rest for the wicked down here.

What is a typical day at Mosquito Joe like?

Mosquito Joe of NW Houston Office Assistant, Molly!My day in the office usually begins the same, with coffee and emails! When I am in the office full time, I make a social media post every morning and make a handful of quote request calls from the night before. I answer phone calls throughout the day, help manage the technicians in the field, and organize services for the next day (all while keeping very close company for the office dog, of course).

What’s your best piece of advice for someone wanting to control mosquitoes in their yard?

Standing water and a clean yard do wonders! I’ll always tell customers over the phone that just a teaspoon of water can breed up to 300 mosquito eggs at a time, multiple times over. Think outside of the box and check gutters, plant saucers, electrical boxes, etc. Or give us a call at 281-815-0228 and I can make my brothers do all of that and more for you!

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Employee Spotlight: Kyle Luna

18 years in the US Navy before retiring and moving back to Texas. He happened to see a notice board with our job opening on it, and the rest, as they say, is history.

What made you want to work at Mosquito Joe of NW Houston & S Brazos?

I was working at Walmart after the Navy and was ready for something different. When I saw the job listing it appealed to me – being outdoors and independent. I felt like it was something I could do, so I went for it. Now I won’t ever do anything else.

What’s one word to describe your time at Mosquito Joe?

Outstanding!

Do you have a favorite customer story?

Lead technician, Kyle Luna, standing in front of Mosquito Joe Van. I have so many it’s almost impossible to pick. There was one time I was treating a customer – I had been treating the yard for 2 years but had never met him. As I was doing my walk around, he arrived home in a rush. He went inside and came back out asking me how I felt about snakes. The nanny had called that there was a snake in the house, and it was in the laundry room. Armed with a hoe and a shovel, we locked ourselves in the laundry room and eventually wrangled it out from under the dryer using my gutter mirror (we use it to check for issues in gutters). The customer (who hated snakes) held his tail down with the shovel while I used the hoe to get his head. It was about 3’ long, and we laid it out in the driveway to take a photo. I joked that from that day on not only were Mosquito Joe but also Snake Joe. It was an interesting way to meet a customer, but it was great to finally meet him despite the circumstances.

Fun fact about you?

I like to write emotional and spiritual thoughts down. I have a multitude of journals around the house I use. It’s cathartic and I really enjoy the process.

Do you have any hobbies?

Drawing and doodling is a hobby of mine. The other is my amazing dog – we go on alot of walks, and he is very special to me.

What are some of the most common misconceptions customers have about mosquitoes?

I hear “baby mosquito” a lot and must explain that there is no such thing – mosquitoes hatch fully grown from larvae. I think alot of people assume that if it flies and bites it must be a mosquito. There are alot more biting insects than a mosquito and we can deal with them – we just need all the information as they are not all the same.

What is a typical day at Mosquito Joe like?

Mosquito Joe of NW Houston and S Brazos Valley Lead Technician, Kyle Luna, treating a yard for mosquitoes. I treat every house as I would treat my own, and I live that every day. I get to meet some great customers and I love providing them with a comfortable and safe place to be outside.

What’s your best piece of advice for someone wanting to control mosquitoes in their yard?

Just take a few moments to do a daily walk-through of your yard, especially after rain. Take care of your property and keep it debris and water-free. It makes all the difference.

Give Mosquito Joe of NW Houston a Call today For a Swat-Free Yard!

Kyle is ready to help make your yard into a swat-free paradise! Call us today at 281-815-0228 to learn more or get started with one of our outdoor pest control services!

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Employee Spotlight: Tanner Davis

Mosquito Joe of NW Houston technician and licensed applicator. Tanner is both a pest control technician, a licensed applicator, and a misting system technician for Mosquito Joe of NW Houston and S Brazos Valley. He has been working with us since early 2020. Prior to that, Tanner attended Newman University on a golf scholarship and graduated Magnolia High.

What made you want to work at Mosquito Joe of NW Houston & S Brazos?

It’s the family business, so that’s a big part of it. But beyond that, the opportunity to get outside and be somewhat independent was something I loved the idea of. I really enjoy meeting new people. The best part, though, is helping the customers and making a difference to them and their families in their yards.

What’s one word to describe your time at Mosquito Joe?

Hard work!

Do you have a favorite customer story?

I once went to treat a customer and when I walked in the back 5 little puppies ran up to me. I spent quite a bit of time playing with them. Playing with the dogs is a highlight of my day, and I always make sure to have plenty of treats on me.

Fun fact about you?

I’m ambidextrous and play most sports with either hand.

Do you have any hobbies?

I love golf and play any chance I get. I have a +2.7 handicap and have been playing since I was 3 years old.

What are some of the most common misconceptions customers have about mosquitoes?

That mosquito hawks, mosquitoes, biting midges, and gnats are all the same. Just because it bites (and mosquito hawks don’t) doesn’t mean it’s a mosquito.

What is a typical day at Mosquito Joe like?

A lot of sweat, walking, and dealing with crazies on the road. But mostly searching and slaying every mosquito I see. Unless of course, I am working on misting systems with Paul.

What’s your best piece of advice for someone wanting to control mosquitoes in their yard?

Get rid of as much shade and water in the yard as possible. Removing breeding grounds is the first, and most important step of mosquito control. Don’t just look for the big amounts of water, look for the little stuff as well.

Give Us a Call to Make Outside Fun Again!

Tanner and the rest of the Mosquito Joe of NW Houston and S Brazos Valley team are ready to help you take your yard back with our outdoor pest control services. Give us a call at 281-815-0228 to get started!

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Employee Spotlight: Paul Gould

Paul Gould

mosquito-joe-paul-gouldPaul is one of the owners of Mosquito Joe of NW Houston and S Brazos Valley and has been our Mosquito Misting System technician since 2015. Prior to that, Paul serviced Montgomery, Harris, and Waller Counties, both as a firefighter and as a paramedic. He retired fully from Emergency Services 3 years ago to make Mosquito Joe his top work priority.

What Made You Want to Open Mosquito Joe of NW Houston & S Brazos?

Well, Kate (my wife) and I were discussing what she could do after a partnership, that she was doing due diligence for, fell through. We thought about opening a business because both of us wanted to work for ourselves. We hired a franchise coach and after much investigation decided on opening a Mosquito Joe franchise. Neither of us regrets it.

What’s One Word to Describe Your Time at Mosquito Joe?

I think I can describe it in a few words, but not one. Difficult, satisfying, empowering, and fun.

Do You Have a Favorite Customer Story?

There are so many. I am a bit of a sports fan and have been lucky enough to have a famous MLB Baseball player and a famous NFL Football coach as customers. I also love it when a customer calls to sign up and says, “I’m sure this won’t work.” Then we get to prove them wrong.

What Is One Fun Fact About You?

When I was a young man, I dreamed of being an actor and a photographer.

Do You Have Any Hobbies?

Beekeeping, fishing, and doing what Kate wants me to do.

What Are Some of the Most Common Misconceptions About Misting Systems?

I think the biggest misconception is that a Mosquito Misting System is always the best way to get rid of mosquitoes. The truth is it depends on the property and the mosquito pressure on that property. Technology these days gives us many options to control mosquitoes. We can customize these options to give the customer the level of control they want at the price they want to spend.

What Is a Typical Day at Mosquito Joe Like?

For me, there is no typical day. I’m the Jack of all trades for our company. I may treat customers’ yards with our Barrier Treatments one day then fill and repair Mosquito Misting Systems the next. I may have a day helping in the office or in the shop ordering supplies and repairing mist blowers. Throw the occasional trip to the bank and the recycling center in the mix. I’m not the best at anything, except maybe anything having to do with Misting Systems, but I’m pretty good at most things. We are lucky to have the best technicians and office staff in the industry that are the best at what they do.

What’s Your Best Piece of Advice for Someone Wanting to Control Mosquitoes in Their Yard?

Well, other than calling Mosquito Joe. I would recommend being very diligent in keeping standing water to a minimum in your yard. Keep buckets, kid toys, plant saucers, wheelbarrows, tarps, and the like clear of standing water. That won’t keep you mosquito-free, but it should greatly reduce the numbers on your property.

Give Mosquito Joe of NW Houston a call today to learn more about our mosquito control and other outdoor pest control services!

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Mosquito Eggs – Everything You Need to Know

At Mosquito Joe, we believe that the key to controlling a pest is understanding it. The more we understand their habits, behaviors, and needs, the better we can be at controlling the population and managing them. When it comes to mosquitoes, understanding mosquito eggs is vital. It’s the one thing that no laboratory has managed to kill. So, knowing what an egg needs to survive allows us to reduce the numbers in a yard, and hence the mosquito population as a whole.

mosquito life cycleA mosquito’s life cycle involves 4 stages, beginning with the egg and ending with the emergence of the adult mosquito. The first three stages occur in water so that is the preferred location for eggs to be laid. But a mosquito will lay eggs elsewhere if there is no water available. Where the female lays her eggs is driven by the species.

In general, mosquito eggs fall into 3 groups. The first are eggs that are laid as single units on water. The second are eggs laid in rafts which float on the water’s surface. The third are laid singly outside the water – on the side of rocks or holes or artificial containers. When the water rises in these areas, the eggs contact the water and hatch.

While managing water is the key to preventing the larvae from hatching, it’s not enough to control them. The fact is, if you have a female mosquito in your yard who wants to lay eggs, she will find a place. And if there is no water, then she will find a location where the soil is moist and opt for that. If you water regularly chances are that the soil is damp enough for her to lay eggs there.

If you have a culvert by the street, while it may not hold water when she visits, she will opt for it as a good spot. If you have plant pots, a wheelbarrow, or any number of containers in your yard, even if dry, she will lay eggs there knowing that the rain will come, and the container will fill.

Mosquito eggsSo how long will that egg survive if we don’t get rain? The answer is the key to why mosquitoes are so hard to control. A mosquito egg can lay dormant for up to 15 years. They can be frozen in ice and hatch when the ice melts. You may read that Dawn dish soap can suffocate eggs, but this is not true. No one has worked out how to kill a mosquito egg and we are limited to killing the larvae and pupae (as well as the adults).

The best way to control the mosquitoes in your yard is to limit the water, as well as areas where water can accumulate after rain. As soon as water touches an egg it can hatch, and ONE TEASPOON of water will provide enough for 300 eggs. A good checklist is as follows:

  1. Keep your gutters flowing and free of debris.
  2. Turn all containers upside down and store them out of the elements (plant pots, wheelbarrows, saucers under plant pots, gutter drains, etc.).
  3. Even your yard if you have low spots can accumulate water. Customers with the worst mosquito issues are usually those who have dogs that dig holes in their yard.
  4. Minimize the use of tarps – one tarp can create multiple pockets of standing water.
  5. If you have poor drainage in your yard, fixing it can resolve a lot of issues. Direct water away from your property and be careful not to lay a French drain without a steep angle – poorly designed drains are hidden under the ground, but not from mosquitoes.
  6. Keep your yard tidy and your ground clear of as much leaf and pine needle debris as possible. The more ground cover you have, the wetter the soil beneath.
  7. Bring kids’ toys inside before rains. One small plastic toy can fill with water and breed a lot of mosquitoes. The same goes for plastic kid playhouses.
  8. Refresh your birdbaths often, it is not enough to tip out the water – mosquito eggs can cling to the sides. Scrub the bath before refilling so you are not just refreshing the water for those eggs!
  9. Finally, after a weather event spend a few minutes tipping and tossing the water. An egg cannot hatch without water, so don’t give them that option!

Our mosquito service involves more than laying down products. Our technicians will tip and toss as they treat, so if you want to have us manage these issues just give us a call to find out more at 281-815-0228.

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