Mosquito Joe Plans to Raise Funds During Mosquito Control Awareness Week from June 23 to June 29, 2019

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In addition to announcing its fundraising plans, the 323-unit pest control franchise shares actionable consumer protection tips.

Mosquito Joe, a Neighborly company, is pleased to announce its seventh annual Beat the Bloodsuckers fundraising campaign in observance of Mosquito Control Awareness Week which occurs from June 23 to June 29. For each new customer serviced during Mosquito Control Awareness Week, Mosquito Joe franchisees will donate a portion of their proceeds to benefit charitable organizations.

The American Mosquito Control Association declared the last week in June as Mosquito Control Awareness Week, aiming to educate the general public about the importance of mosquito control. Mosquito Joe franchisees give back by raising funds for organizations including Nothing But Nets, the American Red Cross or local blood banks in their communities. For the third year, the outdoor pest control franchise has partnered with the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets initiative which raises money and awareness for malaria, a deadly but preventable illness transmitted by mosquito bites. Franchisees who join forces with Nothing But Nets will donate $10 from each new customer serviced during Mosquito Control Awareness Week, which will provide two life-saving, insecticide-treated bed nets to families who live at risk of contracting malaria. Franchisees are also able to partner with the American Red Cross or a local blood bank in their area. Mosquito Joe franchisees will donate 5 percent of the proceeds from every new customer serviced during Mosquito Control Awareness Week. Mosquito Joe corporate will match the franchisee donation to total a 10 percent donation to the American Red Cross or local blood bank.

Since 2017, Mosquito Joe has collectively donated more than $62,000 through its charitable giving through the Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign. The company is aiming to experience double digit percent growth from last year’s contribution of $31,344.

“We are passionate about making outside fun again, and one of the ways we do that is by rallying our franchise system, together raising awareness and funds for charitable organizations like Nothing But Nets and the American Red Cross,” said Mosquito Joe President Lou Schager. “Because mosquitoes can continue to return if the source of the problem isn’t treated, education about mosquito control is critically important. Each year, Mosquito Control Awareness Week allows us to extend our reach beyond our pest control services to educate consumers how they can protect themselves and their families.”

Mosquito Joe Technical Manager and Associate Certified Entomologist David Price anticipates that mosquito breakouts will begin 30 days earlier than normal, due to the unseasonably cold or warm winter weather, rain and snow storms, depending on the region.

“The natural increase of two degrees across the United States will create humidity that will escalate the mosquito population across the U.S., with my research pointing to all regions having a dramatic increase, with the Southwest staying consistent with 2018,” said Price.

To help people enjoy the outdoors this summer, Price offered the tips below to deal with mosquitoes:

  • Wear light-colored clothes as mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.
  • Remove standing water from your backyard including: emptying water from toys, bird baths, fountains, buckets, barrels, tarps and children’s wading pools; drilling holes in tire swings, recycling bins and trash cans to drain water, and backfilling low-lying areas in your lawn with topsoil and grass seed to minimize water collection.
  • When grass and bushes grow tall, they hold moisture, so keep your lawn mowed and greenery trimmed to eliminate potential areas for mosquitoes to rest and deposit eggs.
  • Clear gutters out on a regular basis to avoid water accumulation.
  • Keep swimming pools clean and filtered.
  • Repair leaky outdoor faucets.
  • When mosquitoes want to rest, they look for a cool, shaded area with no wind. By using a fan in your outdoor living space, the simple motion of the air will keep mosquitoes away.
  • Using insect repellants with coconut oil can repel mosquitoes for seven or more hours. Coconut oil based products are more effective than repellents with DEET.

For more information about Mosquito Joe and its fundraising programs, or to book a treatment during Mosquito Control Awareness Week, please visit https://mosquitojoe.com/.

ABOUT MOSQUITO JOE
Dedicated to making outside fun again by eliminating mosquitoes, ticks and fleas from customer’s yards, Mosquito Joe®, a Neighborly company, is a leader in the outdoor pest control industry. The brand was founded in 2010 and has since expanded to over 323 locations throughout the U.S. Acquired by Neighborly® in 2018, Mosquito Joe is part of a community of home service experts, leveraging Neighborly's nearly 3,500 professional home service experts across 14 brands in the U.S. and Canada with a unique direct service function that provides consumers assistance with nearly all aspects of their home care needs. Neighborly brands include: Aire Serv®, Five Star Painting®, Glass Doctor®, Portland Glass®, Molly Maid®, Mr. Appliance®, Mr. Electric®, Mr. Handyman®, Mr. Rooter®, Protect Painters®, Rainbow International®, Window Genie®, Mosquito Joe® and The Grounds Guys®. Additional information about Neighborly can be found at http://www.GetNeighborly.com. For more information about Mosquito Joe, visit http://www.MosquitoJoe.com and to learn about franchising opportunities at http://www.MosquitoJoeFranchise.com.

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