As you can imagine in the outdoor pest control industry, summer is a very busy time around our office. However, for one week each year in late June, we take a moment to step back and really focus on the reason we do what we do: the importance of mosquito control.
This year National Mosquito Control Awareness Week fell on June 21-27. It is one of the most important weeks during our year for many reasons. We love raising awareness about the importance of mosquito control, to educate people about the risks of vector borne illnesses, and of course helping to bring to light solutions to keep your yard healthy and itch-free. As of July 21, a total of 33 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes in 2015. Overall 23 cases of West Nile virus disease in people have been reported to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mosquitoes are also known to carry diseases such as heartworm, so it’s important to keep your four legged friends protected too. Fortunately, our barrier treatments help eliminate fleas and ticks as well.
The biggest part of the week for us is giving back as a company. For the third year, 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 mosquito control treatment during Mosquito Control Awareness Week, we donated 10% of the sale to those local blood banks. This year we had the privilege of partnering with twenty centers across the country and with the Red Cross being our largest partner, this money is going to help them with the disaster relief they provide everyday in our communities. The Red Cross is always on standby to provide relief to the community, and we feel honored to be able to help with their wonderful cause. Because of our amazing customers, we were also able to donate over $7,000 in just one week to the blood centers we partnered with.
In addition to our monetary donations, the corporate office and our corporate-owned VA Beach – Norfolk location hosted a blood drive and collected 25 pints of blood from our staff and technicians. We’re incredibly proud to say that’s 75 lives saved by just giving one afternoon.
Our franchisees did an amazing job spreading our message around in their communities during Mosquito Control Awareness Week. Between news articles and TV segments, the amount of people who were reached getting mosquito control information from Mosquito Joe was impressive. Check some of them out here:
- Mosquito Joe of Northwest Florida: National Mosquito Control Awareness Week
- Mosquito Joe of South Charlotte: Charlotte Ranked a Top Mosquito City
- Mosquito Joe of Suburban Pittsburgh: First Mosquito Joe Franchise Opens in Area
- Mosquito Joe of Cape Coral: National Mosquito Awareness Week: Tips to Prevent a Biting Problem in your Backyard
- Mosquito Joe of South Columbus, OH: GDC Goes Camping: Bug Awareness with Mosquito Joe
- Mosquito Joe of Arkansas: Mosquito Protection for Mosquito Awareness Week
- Mosquito Joe of Metro East IL: Standing Water Leads to Increased Mosquito Population
- Mosquito Joe of West. St. Louis County: Active Mosquito Control Means More Enjoyable Summer
To cap off the wonderful week, Pest Management Professional wrote a great article summing up the week and all Mosquito Joe accomplished as a company.
We’re so grateful to everyone that made Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2015 the best yet and a highlight of 2015 for us. We’re already excited about next year because with the growth we’re experiencing as a company, that only means the donations and lives touched will increase. Thanks again to everyone who helped make Beat the Bloodsuckers such a success.