Mosquito Joe Supports National Mosquito Control Awareness Week with 10 Percent Blood Bank Donation

Franchisees Give Back to Local Community; Offer Safety Tips for Community Mosquito Protection

July 23, 2013 // Franchising.com // Virginia Beach, Va. - Mosquito Joe, a leading mosquito control treatment company serving residential and commercial customers nationwide, is doing their part to squash their share of bugs with regional partnerships to local blood donation centers and community areas. In support of National Mosquito Control Awareness Week from June 23 to June 29, the growing service brand is giving back to those communities where Mosquito Joe has a franchise presence.

Franchisees across the country are donating to blood donation centers to do their part and support the national awareness week. For each new customer who signs up for a mosquito treatment during the week, franchisees will give back five percent of sales to the donation center. In addition, Mosquito Joe Corporate, located in Virginia Beach, Va., will match the five percent investment of their own to the center, totaling 10 percent.

"National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is a very important time of year for us so we wanted to make sure we did our part to give back to the local communities where we operate," said Mosquito Joe CEO (aka Head Joe) Kevin Wilson. "That's why we engaged the franchisees in our network to make those important connections while doing something good for the community, but also helping curb the ongoing summertime mosquito issue. As this is our first step in supporting the week, we hope it is a strong and strategic step for more things to come."

While introducing an ongoing treatment regimen such as the barrier spray services that Mosquito Joe offers is the most effective method to curb the issue, the reality is there are a lot more mosquitoes than there are man hours to fight them. The key to keeping yards mosquito-free is keeping mosquitoes from making yards their home from the start. The solution is to eliminate standing water breeding areas for mosquitoes because they require water to breed. Mosquito Joe has come up with a handful of helpful tips anyone can keep in mind for their yard:

  • Regularly empty ponds, bird baths, fountains, plant pots, buckets, barrels, tarps, kids toys, pet water dishes or anywhere else that water may gather.
  • Walk through the yard after every rain and empty any containers or areas where water has collected. Also watch for puddles where condensation gathers from the AC unit.
  • Clean out gutters to avoid standing water - examine them for clots and damage that would cause water to collect.
  • Make sure there are no low spots under decks where water can hide. Dogs love to make low spots where they lay under decks because it's cool.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of tire swings to prevent rainwater from accumulating. Do the same for garbage or recycling bins that reside outdoors.
  • Use soil to fill in low areas in lawns and landscaped areas where rainwater may collect and stand for more than seven days.
  • Keep swimming pools clean, properly circulated and filtered. Empty "kiddie pools" regularly. Make sure you have good drainage around hot tub areas.
  • Repair leaky outdoor faucets.
  • Don't be afraid to educate neighbors. They may not realize they have a wheelbarrow full of water behind their shed. Politely offer to turn it over for them.
  • Cut grass and shrubs short, as adult mosquitoes gather to rest in shady, cool areas. Keep the yard weed-free and avoid overgrown vegetation.
  • Remove extra yard clippings, leaves, etc. from yard.

"Part of the job of a Mosquito Joe franchisee is to connect their business with the community as a whole because we interact with our customers on their properties rather than them coming to us," said Angela Zerda, Director of Marketing for Mosquito Joe. "It also shows the level of goodwill we want to generate in all of our franchise communities as we continue to grow."

Mosquito Joe has recently signed deals in Arkansas, the tri-state area of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia and Virginia, and has targeted opening locations in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Becoming a Mosquito Joe franchisee allows one to take charge of their career while enjoying the outdoors and providing a valuable service to the community. Visit www.mosquitojoefranchise.com to inquire about franchising.

ABOUT MOSQUITO JOE

Virginia Beach, VA-based Mosquito Joe provides mosquito control treatment to residential and commercial customers nationwide. Technicians are trained mosquito control experts dedicated to getting rid of mosquitos so people can enjoy being outside again. While each Mosquito Joe is an independently owned franchise that offers customers reliable and effective service from a trusted community member, it is also backed by a national network of technical expertise.

For more information or franchising opportunities, visit www.mosquitojoefranchise.com.

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