By Smarty Guest Blogger, Heather Bacha, wife of BJ Bacha (Mosquito Authority co-owner).
Well he doesn’t technically kill them but they do repel them. Oh, I’ve had to answer that question more times than I could count. As for me, I was a 4th & 5th grade teacher in CMS for eight years, and I decided to jump ship and join him in our little mosquito business. Also, we don’t just kill mosquitoes but we also have an ice cream truck and a little junk removal business that we are starting, but let’s get back to talking about mosquitoes.
Six years ago my husband, BJ, received a phone call from his business partner, Ryan, and I’ll never forget it. BJ’s responses were rather vague: “no….”, “yes….”, “are you serious?” and “how do we do it?” . The questions that preceded those answers were: “Do you like mosquitoes?” “Would you like to get rid of the mosquitoes in your yard?”, “What if we started a business that could do it?”, “Let’s do it!”. That is basically the conversation that brought the Mosquito Authority to Charlotte. I was a total Debbie Doubter and honestly thought that it would never work and that they were both crazy…. and then we tried it. Needless to say, we haven’t looked back.
Our first year in our home was the year before the business began and we suffered through that summer with citronella candles, bug sprays and the cheap stuff that you hook up to your hose to DIY and spray for mosquitoes. Sometimes those measures would work for a little while but once we tried the Repel Plus service I was hooked. I went from Debbie Doubter to the biggest cheerleader to now working for the company alongside of BJ. Now we get the biggest kick out of hearing feedback from customers that experienced the same stages that I did. If only we could take the service with us on vacation!!!
Although I can’t imagine our backyard without our mosquito control service, here are some helpful tips for you to try in your yard.
#1. Be sure to keep any and all standing water areas clear and clean.
#2. You can purchase “Mosquito Dunks” at Home Depot or Lowe’s and place these in areas that will have standing water like rain barrels or catch drains in the yard.
#3. If you are hoping to spend some time on the porch or patio and the mosquitoes are bad, place a box fan nearby facing away from you. Since mosquitoes aren’t great fliers this will help keep them out of your hair… and off of your ankles.
#4. Use dryer sheets to help keep the mosquitoes away from you. Tuck one into your sock or anywhere that you are typically bothered.
#5. If all else fails (and you want an easier solution), give us a call.
There is a good chance that you have seen our trucks and signs around town, you may have met some of our satisfied customers or I may have even taught your children… but if you have any questions, concerns or want to see what all of the fuss is about, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’d love to hear from you and to show you what your neighbors are already enjoying.