For the last six years, Mosquito Joe has celebrated its biggest charity initiative of the year, Beat the Bloodsuckers, during National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. The campaign taking place between June 24 and June 30 encourages franchisees to partner with local non-profit organizations, provide mosquito prevention education or donate services to the community.
This year, more than 100 franchisees across 25 states decided to participate in the event by either partnering with a local blood bank in their community or by contributing a portion of new customer sales to the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign. The global grassroots campaign provides families in sub-Saharan Africa that are at risk of malaria with insecticide-treated bed nets in order to help keep them protected.
“This partnership with Nothing But Nets has given us an additional opportunity to protect the communities that we serve with our outdoor pest control services, and also to give back to those in need who suffer from mosquito-borne illnesses in countries that our services don’t reach,” said Mosquito Joe President Lou Schager in a company release. “We’re excited to be partnering with this great organization for another year.”
In 2016, Mosquito Joe raised over $10,000 during Mosquito Control Awareness Week. The following year, the company more than doubled the contributions made in 2016, donating $28,365. In 2018, they hope to once again surpass the donations made in years prior, in order to make great impact on local communities and worldwide.
“At Mosquito Joe, we care about giving back to our communities just as much as we care about making the outside fun again for our customers,” said Schager. “We are continuously inspired by the generosity and support of our employees, franchisees and customers, and look forward to another successful partnership with Nothing But Nets.”
For Mosquito Joe franchisee Rita Blackwell, National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is something she looks forward to annually because it not only gives her a chance to give back but also to spread awareness for a great cause. Rita and her husband Eric have participated in the campaign for the last two years and were surprised by the initial response they were getting from their customers.
“Many of our existing customers had no idea that mosquitoes could be so dangerous outside of the U.S.,” said Blackwell. “Often times, I think we take for granted how good we have it here because mosquitoes are considered more of an annoyance than a life-threatening problem. I think Mosquito Control Awareness Week gives us the opportunity to shed a light on the importance of our services and on charities like Nothing But Nets.”