Mary and Rich Crawford are the owners of the Mosquito Squad in Norfolk-Chesapeake VA. They are in their first season right now and we asked Mary “Why did you go with us?”

Mosquito Squad was the answer for me for many reasons.  First and foremost, I have three young children who are so important to me so I was looking for a great balance between being a Mom and having a career.  Mosquito Squad allows me to be my own boss and set my own schedule so I can be at home when my children get home from school.  I love the challenge and thrill of starting up my own business and trying to get as many customers as I can.  When I need help, I simply call “the mother ship” and they are always responsive and helpful.  It is comforting to know you have excellent support behind you!  I can’t say enough good things about everyone associated with Mosquito Squad.  We ( all the franchise owners)  have a great time together but more importantly, we are there for each other and actually do call each other for suggestions and help.  It is a great organization to be a part of,  Couldn’t be happier.

Mary Crawford

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Despite the sluggish economy, most consumers are engaging in some form of outdoor entertaining, with an average frequency of about four times per year. While monitoring their spending, many have found it acceptable to invest a portion of their savings in select household items and that includes outdoor entertaining. According to a recent report, Outdoor Entertaining Trends 2008: Consumers Bring the Indoors Out, from The NPD Group, Inc., a leading market research company, roughly 45 percent of outdoor entertainers purchased some type of related product in the past 12 months.

In addition, more than 40 percent of outdoor entertainers tell NPD they plan to purchase/add an item to their property in the next 12 months. Firepits/outdoor fireplaces, outdoor lighting, and water fountain/décor were among the top products outdoor entertainers said they plan to purchase within the next year.

In addition to products for entertaining, people have also considered what other factors go into home entertainment and outdoor living, such as Mosquito & Tick Control. What ever the need is, when it comes to outdoor living, there is typically a professional that can handle it from the Outdoor Living Brands group of companies.


I feel that every once in a while it’s necessary to let the people in internet land really know whats happening at Outdoor Living Brands HQ, here in Richmond Virginia. Getting a feel for the company you are gettting involved with is the key to any good discovery process, and we are no different.

On May 6, the Richmond franchises of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, Archadeck and Mosquito Squad will host a Grand Opening Event at the company’s headquarters on Emerywood Parkway. The company will present trend information on outdoor living as it relates to outdoor lighting design and installation, the design and build of innovative outdoor rooms and decks and mosquito, flea and tick elimination for outdoor spaces.

The event will serve as a unique networking opportunity for those involved in the outdoor living services industry in the Richmond area. Invitees are encouraged to attend and learn more about the Outdoor Living Brands family of companies and opportunities for building trade alliances.

Comprised of category-leading brands Archadeck, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives and Mosquito Squad, Outdoor Living Brands operates through more than 150 franchise locations worldwide with a dedication to innovation, high quality standards, customized service and gracious outdoor living. The company was founded in late 2008 by the merger of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives and Archadeck. The acquisition of the Mosquito Squad brand soon followed.

As I sit here on this warm, rainy evening, I can’t help but think about all the nooks and crannies collecting water around my property. From our potted plants to dimples on the crinkled grill cover. Tomorrow I will casually go around, turning  pots over, shaking out covers and preventing my land from becoming an itchy, annoying, mosquito breeding ground.

But in the current economy, there is a bigger problem than just these puddles in my home; with two “for sale” signs on my street, there are large unmaintained areas teaming with mosquitoes that end up disturbing the entire neighborhood. While I wish this problem was unique to me, this is a major issue throughout the country, either from foreclosed or empty homes.

In our area we have a local Mosquito Squad office, protecting our property from the nusience and diseases caused by mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. By eliminating the food source and killing these pesky insects, we can enjoy these warm spring nights in Virginia, and entertain outside into the evening.

Mosquito Squad is one of the few businesses out there that fairs well in any economic climate. With 20 franchises across the country and growing, it may be just the type of business opportunity  you are looking for to begin controlling your economic destiny. It’s the right concept at the right time for business owners and familes. If you are looking to protect your outdoors or would like to investigate buying a business in your area, check it out at

More than 40 people called the Columbia County Mosquito control office Monday with complaints about growing mosquito populations in the flood affected southern area of the county.

Columbia County mosquito control director Bill Lycan said the department also received close to 40 calls Friday and most were from the Three Rivers Estates area after the Ichetucknee and Santa Fe rivers overflowed their banks and left a large breeding area for mosquitoes. Lycan said on Monday that the county’s mosquito control spraying for the season isn’t scheduled to begin until May 4 but the department may have to begin the season early.

“The rest of the county is pretty dry, but it just depends on mosquito populations and funding,” he said. “We’re still waiting to find out what the state is going to give us in money. They may cut all of it out. Should that happen, I don’t know what the county’s position is going to be. That will be about 40 percent of our total funding for mosquito control.”

In addition to the funding issues, the local mosquito control department will operate dependent on the mosquito population with some new guidelines. An inspector from the Florida Department of Agriculture reviewed the local department Monday. That inspection will result in some changes at the local department. “They’re very much going to the letter of the law on the rules and we’ve got to change some things to even continue our program,” Lycan said. “Just because someone calls and says, ‘there are mosquitoes,’ we can’t use that to spray anymore — we’ve got to go out and verify that there is actually an increase in mosquito population.”

With the new rules in place, the department will send an employee out to do a landing rate count where the employee will go to the area, get out of the truck for one minute and count how many mosquitoes land on him in the allotted minute. That data will be compiled in a log and sent to the Department of Agriculture, showing there is sufficient cause to go spray.

“We can’t afford to buy traps and don’t have the personnel to set them out, collect them and recount those mosquitoes every morning,” Lycan said.

When the mosquito control department begins its local spraying program, it will utilize five trucks, which will run three nights a week, disbursing 30 gallons of mosquito insecticide each night.

“The people that are complaining the most are surrounded by water, but I can’t do anything for them until the water goes down,” Lycan said.

For the rest of us, there is an alternative- Mosquito Squad. By providing a pest & disease free environment in your back yard, you can protect your family and pets every day from nuisances and disease. Get your yard back with Mosquito Squad and start enjoying the outdoors again.

After a week of epic battle, Ashton Kutcher has beaten CNN Breaking News to the top of the Twitter heap, becoming the first Twitter user ever to reach 1,000,000 followers. Chock one up for the little guy? What’s really interesting though – at least relative to this blog – is whether his pledge to donate 10,000 anti-Malaria bed nets for World Malaria Day if he won had any impact on the results?


The contest started about a week ago, with Kutcher boasting that he could beat CNN to 1,000,000 followers, despite being tens of thousands of followers behind the cable network (not to mention about 50,000 behind Britney Spears). Larry King accepted the challenge and the battle royale began.


Kutcher pulled out all the stops on his path do victory, including getting video game maker Electronic Arts to put up a variety of prizes for the 1,000,000th follower, such as having that user immortalized as a character in their next edition of the Sims. When that was seen as tacky by some, however, Kutcher tried a different tactic and pledged to donate 10,000 anti-Malaria bed nets as part of World Malaria Day later this month. For good measure, he pledged to donate 1,000 either way. CNN quickly followed suit.


This morning at 2:13 am, Kutcher officially became the first Twitter user with 1,000,000 followers, with CNN only a couple thousand behind. Then the coolest thing happened: Ashton started mobilizing his celebrity community. In the last hour alone, he’s got his wife Demi Moore, Oprah, Ryan Seacrest, CNN to donate between 10,000 and 20,000 nets. It looks like P. Diddy might be next. If that’s not community mobilization, I don’t know what is.


It’s easy to be cynical about this, but what if we thought about it different. Changing the world is hard, and the responsibility we owe this planet and the billions of people we share it with should never be taken lightly. But there are lots of incredibly easy ways that even normal folks can save lives, and we should never let the difficult of the big picture stop us from making incremental change along the way.

2009 Global Day Brings Awareness to Insect-Borne Diseases

Mosquito Squad®, a leader in insect control, salutes Roll Back Malaria’s effort to bring insect-borne diseases to public consciousness. Saturday, April 25th, marks the second annual World Malaria Day. The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership asks the global community to come together for one day to recognize and reflect upon the importance of controlling Malaria. It strives to increase awareness of the deadly disease and the simple ways the global population can help to prevent it. To help Roll Back Malaria’s efforts, you can donate funds to go towards mosquito nets and medications to prevent and treat Malaria. For more information, visit their website at Malaria, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, is preventable and treatable, yet it takes the lives of nearly 3 million people and effects 500 million people worldwide each year. It, unfortunately, is not the only disease spread by insects. Mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects spread Malaria, West Nile, Lyme disease, and other illnesses. Mosquito Squad® offers a proven, effective way to control mosquitoes and other insects within the perimeter of your property. Part of Outdoor Living Brands’ franchise company based in Richmond, VA, Mosquito Squad® keeps families, residences, and special events insect-free by applying a barrier spray around a property, killing the pests within it. For more information, visit or phone the location near you.

Contributions by Jane Walker