What You Helped Us Accomplish for Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2014

In a previous blog post, we reminded you that each year the third week of June is declared National Mosquito Control Awareness Week by the American Mosquito Control Association. The purpose of this week is to raise awareness of the importance of mosquito control in our country, to educate people on the risks of mosquito-borne diseases and to help bring to light solutions for managing the problems we’re faced with during the spring and summer months where mosquitoes are out and about.

This year for Mosquito Control Awareness Week, Mosquito Joe locations across the country partnered with local blood donation centers for our Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign. For every new customer that signed up for a mosquito treatment service from Mosquito Joe during Mosquito Control Awareness Week, we donated 10% of the sale to local blood donation centers.  Around the Corporate Office, we also took the opportunity to go donate blood ourselves (see picture above).

We love taking this opportunity each year to support our communities in a new way, to Beat the Bloodsuckers during Mosquito Control Awareness Week.  We want to say thank you to all the blood donation centers who partnered with us this year.  Thanks to the best customers in the world, Mosquito Joe was able to donate over $2,000 in just one week to these centers across the country to help with the amazing work they do each and every day. Thank you to our customers for helping make Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2014 such a memorable one and for your continued support of Mosquito Joe. And of course, thank you to all of our wonderful franchisees who participated in this special campaign with us and helped to make a difference in their community during Mosquito Control Awareness Week as well as throughout the spring and summer months.  As our company continues to grow, we look forward to making an even bigger difference in 2015.

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Want to Earn Some MoJo?

As a Mosquito Joe customer, you know how glorious enjoying your yard without the annoyance of mosquitoes really is. If you aren’t a Mosquito Joe customer, you may feel like the main course in your own yard when it comes to mosquitoes (we can help with that.) But customer or not, you may not know about our awesome referral program that can earn you credit towards sprays. And since we like sharing the MoJo, we figured this beautiful Friday afternoon is the perfect time to tell you how you can too.

Refer a friend and when they sign up for a treatment, they get $25 off and you get $25 in credits towards future services. Pretty sweet deal for both of you, huh? Want more MoJo? Refer another friend and that’s another $25 each.  You can refer up to 20 friends which could give you $500 in credits! What are you waiting for?

Visit the Share the MoJo website and sign up for an account. All you need to get started is a valid email address, your name, and agree to the fine print, or use your Facebook account to log in. It’s easy to Share the MoJo with your neighbors, friends, and even people you work with through email, social networking sites, or even a personalized URL. Check out the website for details. We’ve got lots of new locations this summer, so be sure to check and see if we’re in your area. You can save yourself and your friends a lot of bucks this summer…and even more bites.

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Say It Three Times Fast: Chikungunya

If you have been paying attention to the news lately you have likely seen articles about Chikungunya virus. You’re probably wondering two things: 1) how to pronounce that word (Here’s a little help: chik-en-gun-ye), and 2) what it is.

Chikungunya is a new virus that is spread by…(you guessed it)…the mosquito. Until late 2013 the virus was only found in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Then it made its way to the Caribbean, where travelers began bringing it back to the United States. Confirmed cases had been reported in 30 states as of July 8, which is why it’s been hitting headlines over the past several weeks. Currently the virus is not actually being transmitted in the U.S., but the experts warn that these imported cases could result in local spread of the virus in the future.

The Centers for Disease Control Prevention assures us that Chikungunya is not lethal like West Nile, but it is something we would of course like to avoid. The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.

If you are traveling to a country where Chikungunya is transmitted by mosquitoes, take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Wear long sleeves and avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active (dusk and dawn). If you’re interested in avoiding mosquitoes here at home, our barrier treatment sprays are a great way to keep your yard itch free. As always Mosquito Joe will keep you updated on all new information when it comes to Chikungunya, and good luck with that pronunciation.

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