Spreading the MoJo By Giving Back

Twas three weeks before Christmas, when all through the land, Mosquito Joe businesses were lending a hand. With smiles and warm hearts, they spread goodwill and cheer, to help those in need at this joyful time of year.

Mosquito Joe highly values giving back to local communities, and we encourage all of our franchisees to do so. With all the bargain shopping and over-eating, some of the magic of the season can get lost.  So to keep the spark alive, we’d like to reflect on some of the generous initiatives our franchisees have participated in throughout the year to brighten Mosquito Joe Giving Backthe lives of others.

Mosquito Joe of Annapolis worked with the Maryland Food Bank for the third year in a row to help feed the hungry. Customers were asked to leave non-perishable items on their doorstep for the MoJo van to pick up on their day of service. Mosquito Joe then matched all total donations. Thanks to everyone’s generosity, they were able to donate 645 items weighing over 400 lbs. That’s over twice what they donated the year before. Way to go!

Mosquito Joe of Southwest Nashville works continuously with Nothing But Nets, a global organization that is fighting malaria in Africa by providing mosquito bed nets and education about mosquito control in Sub-Saharan Africa. For every existing customer that continued service in 2016, Mosquito Joeimg_2002 purchased a net through the cause. All in all, they were able to provide 486 nets to families in Rwanda!

Mosquito Joe of Charleston partnered with a local montessori school to donate $225 to their playground improvement project. All parents from the school that signed up with Mosquito Joe received $25 off their first service while Mosquito Joe also donated $25 to the playground project.

Mosquito Joe of East Memphis adopted a child for the holidays through their local child abuse prevention center. They filled her need list and her wish list with items like boots, a purse, a blanket, lotion, perfume, nail polish, and art supplies. They delivered the items to the center, making that little girl’s holiday season all the more special.

Mosquito Joe of Springfield14500518_310247122671792_1171576067654903164_o-1 held their end of season customer appreciation event in conjunction with a local non-profit boutique that donates all proceeds to the Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation among other charitable organizations. All guests were encouraged to shop throughout the evening, generating new business and donations for the shop.

 


We are extremely proud of our Mosquito Joe franchisees and the year-round things they do to give back to their local communities. If you are interested in having a mosquito-free yard in 2017, find the Mosquito Joe location nearest you, and give them a call!

And from all of us at Mosquito Joe, have a happy holiday season!

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Holiday Travel and Mosquito Borne Illness

With the holiday season in full swing, millions of Americans will be traveling far and wide to visit family, catch up with friends, and just getaway from hectic everyday life.  During this time of year, many people head south to escape the cooler temperatures. And while at home mosquitoes might be the last thing on your mind, these pests are still active and causing plenty of problems in some popular travel destinations.  We want everyone to have a safe and fun holiday experience, so read up on these mosquito-borne illnesses, where they are active, and ways you can protect yourself against them while traveling this season.

Zika Virus

The mosquito-borne Zika virus has spread quickly in the past two years through the Pacific Islands, South America, the Caribbean and now the United States. Usually lasting about a week, this virus causes rash, fever, joint pain, muscle pain, headaches, vomiting, and conjunctivitis (Pink Eye).  Zika is especially dangerous for pregnant women.

Zika has no cure or vaccine.  People should take preventative measures to avoid mosquito bites and standing water, which provide ideal breeding grounds for the pests. There are travel health notifications for many popular holiday destinations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so check those before booking your trip if you have anyone in your family who is pregnant.

Chikungunya

This mosquito-borne virus arrived in 2013 and quickly spreading to Central America, South America, and parts of Florida.  The illness causes severe headaches, joint pain, rash, and fever.  “Chikungunya” is the Makonde word for “it bends up,” because victims are often in bed for weeks, crippled with pain…yikes!

According to the Pan American Health Organization, more than 120,000 cases have been reported in 2016 alone, 135 of them resulting in death.  Unfortunately, there is no vaccine or cure for Chikungunya.  Experts advise people to take precautions such as using insect repellent, adding screens to windows, and wearing long sleeves and pants.

Dengue Fever

Many of you have probably heard of Dengue Fever, a mosquito-borne illness that is the leading cause of illness and death in the tropics.  Over 400 million people are infected yearly with Dengue, a virus that causes high fever, headaches, nausea, and severe body aches. Once again there is no vaccine, and people with the virus can expect to spend up to two weeks recovering.

Mosquito Joe takes all mosquito-borne illnesses very seriously. Educating people about these diseases and the importance of protection against mosquitoes is one of our core company values. Whether it be educating people through information on our websiteblog posts, or our annual Mosquito Control Awareness Week efforts, we strive to keep you in the know about recent trends in mosquito borne illnesses and tips to keep your lifestyle (and holiday travel!) mosquito-free.


If you’re in a southern area of the United States, we’ve got locations still open for business to keep you mosquito free this season. Mosquitoes stay active until the weather stays consistently below 55 degrees, so give them a call if you’re having an outdoor pest issue. Our mosquito barrier spray will not only allow you to enjoy the outdoors fully, it will protect your family and pets against these potentially dangerous diseases.

On that uplifting note, happy holidays and safe travels!

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