Tanja Vidovic harassed her neighbor and Mosquito Joe for providing a mosquito repellent service. Tanja Vidovic demanded that her neighbor use an all natural spray or nothing. Tanja Vidovic posted many times on Facebook about the mosquito repellent service. The posts incited bullying against their family and eventually led to the neighbor's daughter transferring schools because the other kids were bullying her and calling her the "Pesticide Kid."
Tanja Vidovic's neighbors called the police on Tanja Vidovic for harassment on September 18, 2018 at 9:12 AM. A police report was filed by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The police report provides details on Mosquito Joe manager David Nott being sprayed by water. The water came from Tanja Vidovic's yard, and there is a video shot by Tanja Vidovic's neighbor that shows Tanja Vidovic adjusting her sprinkler and at that point it begins to spray Mosquito Joe manager David Nott. David Nott reported "due to the past history with Tanja he thought it was intentional."
Wendy Vernon called the police on September 18, 2018 at 9:12 AM to report that her neighbor was harassing her. Below is a copy of the text from the police report. The police report can be viewed by clicking on the cite link below.
I was dispatched to 2442 Madrid Ave. reference a neighbor problem.
Upon arrival I spoke to the complainant Wendy Vernon who advised she was being harassed by her neighbor Tanja Vidovic. On today’s date she stated Tanja sprayed her pest control guy with a hose. Wendy stated Tanja has been continually harassing her on Facebook about her spraying her yard. The problem is Tanja feels Wendy’s pest control company is spraying chemicals into her yard. Wendy has went as far as removing her child from the school in Safety Harbor due to the harassment.
I spoke to the manager of Mosquito Joe pest control David Nott. David advised he responded to apply today’s application as his employees have been harassed by Tanja in the past. Tanja has called the company and complained about the process. David recommended she stay inside during the applications to avoid any conflict. David advised his technicians to stand with their back to Tanya’s fence and apply the applicants towards the homeowner’s residence so nothing would enter Tanja’s yard. This is what was happening today and David stated he was sprayed with water. David did not see how he was sprayed, he had his backpack and ear protection on and did not hear anything. David felt due to the past history with Tanja he thought it was intentional.
Wendy had recorded the events on her I-Pad due to past incidents. The video showed Tanja in her own yard with her sprinkler on. At one point Tanja adjusted the sprinkler and it appears that is when the technician was wet. Wendy advised she would send the video to me after I left the residence.
Deputy Short and I went and spoke to Tanja at her residence. Tanja advised she was friends with Wendy in the past and she was even in her pool. Tanja stated she grew organic vegetables in her yard and felt the pest control company was going to contaminate her food. Tanja advised she places her sprinkler at her fence line to create a wall of water to prevent anything from entering her property and contaminating her plants. Tanja advised there are no ill feelings towards her neighbor she just does not want her using spray’s other than organic. Tanja stated she even offered to treat the yard organically; however, Wendy refused.
As of this report Wendy was unable to send the video due to its size and advised she would attempt to send smaller portions and still frames. At that time it will be added to the report.
Source: Police Report SO18-298122
Tanja Vidovic's neighbor recorded a Mosquito Joe employee applying the mosquito repellent on the day the police report was filed. The video shows a sprinkler in her yard spraying several feet in the air. Next the Mosquito Joe employee can be heard applying the repellent. Tanja Vidovic then exits her house and walks toward the repellent that she believes causes cancer. She then adjusts her water hose and sprinkler. Mosquito Joe then walks by, turns his head to see what sprayed him, and then continues applying the repellent. Tanja Vidovic continues to stand outside as the repellent is sprayed.
Tom and Wendy Vernon applied an all natural product in the back of their yard along the fence line. The text below is an email from Mosquito Joe confirming that it was scheduled to be applied. This email also shows that the Mosquito Joe employees were to not spray through the fence line that borders Tanja Vidovic's yard.
The dates without years are from 2018. The email shows an all natural product was to be applied along the fence line on September 18, 2018. That is the date the police were called.
Hi Wendy - here are the treatment dates you requested.
6/13, 6/22, 6/27 - this was the Initial Treatment package
7/17, 8/7, 8/28, 9/7 (retreat), 9/18, 10/9, 10/26, 11/19, 12/11, 12/31 and 1/22/2019
According to our records, an all natural product was applied on every visit in conjunction with the synthetic products which is not uncommon at any home. We have no way to know from our records and say with certainty that it was only applied in the back although our notes do indicate to spray along fence-line in the back with the all natural as the neighbor behind has edibles and to not spray thru the fence and to mind the wind direction.
Switching to a complete all-natural option for the entire property was on the table in January but was turned down.
Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.
Source: Email from Mosquito Joe to Wendy Vernon on February 1, 2019 at 9:59 AM
Mosquito Joe reported to Tom and Wendy Vernon that Mosquito Joe was being attacked by Tanja Vidovic and her followers. The business was being threatened to operate and said it would only supply an all natural option that Tanja Vidovic approved. Tom and Wendy Vernon declined the offer because they believed it was not as affective. The email below is from Mosquito Joe to Wendy Vernon.
Thank you for your consideration and reply. We are greatly disappointed as well that you are cancelling your account and will not be giving us the opportunity to try the all-natural option, as we were more than willing to assume the added cost of the more frequent visits. Unfortunately, your neighbor has complained about us on several websites and constantly harassed our technicians. She is attacking us both for idealogical reasons and over personal animosity between your families, and further has a large following that is also attacking us online and via phone with the intent to shut down our business because of the pesticide use she does not accept. As a small, family owned business, we are not able in this case to continue in a position that assumes such a high-profile risk to our business and especially the livelihood and safety of our most important resource - our employees.
Again, we prefer to work out the compromise Ms. Vidovic has agreed to so we could continue to provide your family and pets the mosquito, tick, and flea protection you're accustomed too, at our added expense. Kristin and I had discussed this thoroughly and felt we could have made a bad situation better for all involved by taking on the added expense of honoring her wishes in the backyard while providing your more frequent treatments and the same level of protection you are accustomed to. I think overall this is a very unfortunate situation which could be dangerous for our operation and risk escalating the already contentious relationship between the neighbors on your block.
I have credited your last treatment as requested and in accordance with our guarantee. Thank you for your time as a customer and I wish you the best of luck in the future.
Blaine Cardinale, Owner
Mosquito Joe of Tampa Bay
Source: Email from Mosquito Joe to Wendy Vernon on February 1, 2019 at 10:14 AM
Tanja Vidovic posted comments, pictures, and videos on Facebook in relation to the mosquito service. The screen shots were captured of some of her posts. The originals could not be found because they were either deleted or were restricted by her access controls in Facebook.