Quick Sumo Pest Control - April 2020

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I ’ve been working in the home improvement business, in one way or another, for many years. I started out working at my dad’s roofing company. After several years, I split off and built my own company, Rainy Day Services, that specialized in roofing, gutters, and home inspections. Ten years later, I partnered up with my brother John, and we added water and fire damage cleanup services. We still run that company today and have a lot of fun with it. In the beginning, our work at Rainy Day Services exposed us to a lot of problems we didn’t yet provide services for. We once went into somebody’s laundry room to work on water damage, for example, and we realized we could fix the water damage, but there were other underlying problems. In this case, if the client didn’t address their termite problem too, they’d just go right back to feeding the termites and have another repair project on their hands in the not-so-distant future. That’s how QuickSumo Pest Control was born. We realized that because of the expertise we’d honed over years in the home improvement industry, we could help people in so many more ways than we were originally offering. When John and I bought the pest control business, the first thing we did was change the name to QuickSumo Pest Control. We wanted our company to have a fun, memorable name that people could get excited about. When people ask how we came up with the name, we tell them that it was inspired by a missionary trip I took to Japan where I fell in love with sumo wrestling. This also inspired our mascot, Sumo Sam. And since we’re about quick results and quick turnaround, putting the words quick and sumo together worked perfectly. We like that our name is quirky and memorable. In the beginning, we didn’t know the first thing about pest control, other than how to squish bugs or get bitten by mosquitoes. But we did know a whole lot about home improvement and how QUICKSUMO PEST CONTROL A Business Built to Give Back

to run a business that

delivers quality service, so we just grew naturally from there. We like that QuickSumo allows us to have longer standing relationships with our customers than, say, putting on a roof once every 10 years. We also liked that because QuickSumo is a second business for us, we can have a little more fun with it and be much more generous with its profits. condition called Angelman’s syndrome, drowned. This tragic event inspired us to donate some of QuickSumo’s profits to causes that help children with special needs. Because I also have two children with special needs, we give discounts to other families who have kids with special needs. My own kids are home-schooled — I have six of them, two of whom are adopted — and we also give discounts to families that home-school. We know exactly how much work and energy it takes to do that well! Running a business with a sibling isn’t for everyone, but John and I have been collaborating since we were little boys. We used to team up when we played the Nintendo game “Metroid” together on a little black-and-white TV in our laundry room. As we went through the game, John would draw maps, and I’d work the controls. We’ve always teamed up well together, and I can’t think of anybody I’d rather run a business with. Every year, my brother and I donate some of QuickSumo’s profits to charity. A few years back, John’s oldest son, Covey, who had a rare

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"In the beginning, we didn’t know the first thing about pest control, other than how to squish bugs or get bitten by mosquitoes."

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LAUGH IT UP WITH YOUR LOVED ONES

Classic Comedies for Tweens and Teens

For parents, movie selection can sometimes seem pretty limited. When your kids are young, you may feel shackled to the latest Disney animated features. But as they get a little older, you might want to introduce them to some real classic comedies. After all, who doesn’t like to have a laugh with their loved ones? Here’s a look at just a few side-splitting films that still hold up.

‘THE PRINCESS BRIDE’

the movie lands its message of self-acceptance so well that you’ll be clamoring for an encore.

Endlessly quotable and full of heart, this 1987 irreverent fantasy story is perfect for kids looking to graduate from fairy tales. While the dialogue contains a handful of swears and enough mild innuendo to earn a PG rating, most of the violence is played up for comedy rather than appearing gritty and real. Be prepared for your kids to repeat Inigo Montoya’s lines again and again.

‘MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL’

There’s nothing quite like the comedy of Monty Python. Surreal, witty, and unabashedly ridiculous, “Holy Grail” defies nearly every convention of storytelling and revels in doing so. That said, this film is recommended for teens since it has some strong elements of innuendo in one particular scene. Another scene contains over-the-top violence that is intentionally made to look fake, but it may still scare younger viewers. If you’re looking to show your teens a whole new world of comedy, then this 1975 classic will make their imaginations run wild.

‘SCHOOL OF ROCK’

According to Common Sense Media, many parents choose to ignore the PG-13 rating on this 2003 comedy and show it to their tweens. Besides brief strong language and a few scenes with adults consuming alcohol, this Jack Black movie is surprisingly tame for being about rock ‘n’ roll. Beyond the endearing characters, Black’s hilarious antics, and an amped-up soundtrack,

REFER YOUR FRIENDS TO SUMO SAM

thorough, knowledgeable, made sure we were set up for the spring, and was just plain AWESOME! Great service with an outstanding attitude. The service from this team is the best in the business, and I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone for their home.” –Victoria E. “I have had nothing but great experiences with QuickSumo. They were recommended by my home inspector when we were first buying our home. They’ve now been out many times, and we’ve always been satisfied!” –Angela L. “Great service from these guys. We have a long-term contract that maintains pest control on a regular basis at our home. They are always prompt, courteous, and most importantly, effective at controlling pests.” –Michael W. Word of mouth is the lifeblood of a small business, and without your kind words and support, we would never have been able to grow QuickSumo Pest Control the way we have. Thank you to Victoria, Angela, Michael, and everybody else who has taken the time to tell the world about our work, and thank you to anybody who has sent somebody our way. If you or someone in your community has a pest control issue, give Sumo Sam’s team a call at 214-334-1466 and mention the newsletter. Sam’s team will get to work controlling the situation, so you can get back to enjoying life!

Part of the reason John and I started QuickSumo Pest Control was so we could provide our customers with a high-quality service over the long term. We are committed to knocking it out of the park for our customers,

and if you like the service you get from us, we are currently running a referral program. If you refer somebody to QuickSumo and they sign up for service, we’ll give you both $25 off your

next service. It's just our way of saying thanks!

QuickSumo Pest Control has nearly 100 reviews on Google, and we have an average rating of 4.9 stars. Here are just a few of the kind words our customers have shared about us: “Outstanding team! I have never had a bad experience. They are friendly, professional, prompt, and make sure to address any needs or issues in an extremely timely fashion. Most recently, Lance D. came to our home. He was

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N othing can ruin a perfect summer night like a hoard of mosquitoes buzzing around your head and leaving itchy welts after biting you. While they’re a nuisance that will never be eliminated completely, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself against them. TAKE AWAY THE MOSQUITO BREEDING HABITAT. Mosquitoes need lots of moisture to reproduce; places like clogged gutters, old tires, birdbaths, and large unused toys offer ideal mosquito breeding environments. This spring, make sure your gutters are cleaned and your yard is free of stagnant water. Maintain a neatly trimmed lawn that is clear of leaves and twigs that could hide mosquito breeding grounds, too! TIPS FROM SUMO SAM 3 Ways to Prepare for Mosquito Season

BUNNY DAISY EARTH EASTER

EGGS FOOL GARDEN PASSOVER

POLLEN PRANK RAMADAN TAXES

SECURE YOUR HOME.

You know that tiny hole in the screen door you’ve been putting off repairing? Now is the time to fix it. If there is visible light beneath

doors in your home, you should replace any weather stripping that has worn out. Mosquitoes will find and use any point of access you leave open to your home.

Brighten up after a cold, dark winter with this fresh and flavorful springtime dish. PESTO CHICKEN WITH BLISTERED TOMATOES

USE BUG REPELLENT.

There is a broad array of sprays, oils, and creams on the market designed to repel mosquitoes, and the repellent that’s right for you is an individual choice. Once you find one you like, be sure to stock up. If you plan on wearing bug repellent and sunscreen at the same time, the Canadian Pediatric Society recommends applying sunscreen first and allowing it to soak into your skin for approximately 20 minutes before applying the bug repellent.

INGREDIENTS

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2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1-inch thickness Salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp Parmesan cheese 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 6 tbsp spinach pesto 2 cups cherry tomatoes 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced 1 tsp red wine vinegar

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1/4 cup whole- wheat panko

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. 2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add it to pan. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, then remove pan from heat. 3. In a bowl, combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and butter. 4. Spread pesto over chicken and top with panko mixture. 5. Broil chicken for 2 minutes on high heat until browned. 6. In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. 7. Add tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes. 8. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. 9. Season tomato mixture with salt and pepper, and add red wine vinegar. 10. Serve tomatoes with broiled chicken.

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INSIDE

1 How 2 Brothers Built a

Business Around Giving Back

2 Classic Comedies for Tweens and Teens

Refer Your Friends to Sumo Sam

3 3 Ways to Prepare for Mosquito Season

Pesto Chicken With Blistered Tomatoes

4 Wellness and Whiskers

WELLNESS AND WHISKERS 3 Ways to Work Out With Your Pet

GOING FOR A SWIM

Creating a healthy lifestyle is often easier with support, but if

you’re struggling to find someone to join you on your path to wellness, then look to your furry friends instead. Read on for some ways to get active with your pet, and learn more about their wellness and health at PetMD.com.

If you have a dog that appears to be more fish than canine, swimming might be the workout for you! Swimming is a joint-friendly cardiovascular exercise that works your entire body. If you’re not one for a dip in the pool, then kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding are great for your arms and core. Meanwhile, your pet can enjoy a relaxing ride or an exciting game of fetch. Just be sure to secure your pet with a life jacket before you and your four-legged friend splash away! If you want a good full-body workout while entertaining your pet, then consider including them in traditional exercises. Entertain your pup with a game of fetch and drop down for a burpee every time it runs away. Balance your bird on your shoulder while you squat and lunge. Mentally and physically stimulate your cat by dragging a string around your body during Russian twists. With a little creativity and a few of your pet’s favorite things, both of you can work up a sweat. KEEPING IT TRADITIONAL

RACKING UP THE MILES

A simple way to get moving with your pet is to go for a walk. If you’re looking for a bigger challenge, then try running, biking, or hiking with your pet. Anything beyond a walk may require extra obedience training or equipment —

like a specialty tool that prevents your pet from colliding with your bike — but after a few loops around the trail, your pet will be begging to go again. And how can you say no to that face? Plus, this idea isn’t just for dogs. You can find leashes and harnesses for cats, lizards, ferrets, and other pets that love to get fresh air.

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