As the summer heats up and locals spend more time outdoors, they’re often joined by swarms of pesky mosquitoes that thrive in the heat and humidity.

The local Mosquito Joe of Northwest Florida, servicing Crestview, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Freeport, Gulf Breeze, Mary Esther, Miramar Beach, Navarre, Niceville, Pensacola, Santa Rosa Beach, Shalimar and Valparaiso, helps people in the area enjoy time outside and this year they’re helping international communities as well.

In light of National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, June 25 through July 1, Mosquito Joe of Northwest Florida owners Sean and Sara Bess will partner with the United Nation’s Nothing But Nets organization to raise funds and awareness about mosquito-borne illness.

With each $10 customer donation to Nothing But Nets, an insecticide-treated bed net will be provided to a family in sub-Saharan Africa at risk of the disease and without the resources to stay protected. Mosquito Joe has set a launch goal of 500 nets, with a corporate office match for every net donated by customers, totaling 1,000 nets or $10,000.

Nothing But Nets is the world’s largest grassroots campaign fighting malaria, which is caused by a single mosquito bite. Malaria is preventable and treatable. For many families, insecticide-treated bed nets are the most effective way to stay healthy and thrive. The campaign has raised more than $60 million and delivered more than 10 million mosquito bed nets, as well as other malaria interventions and treatments through its UN partners to protect refugees and vulnerable families around the world.

If interested, local community members can support the cause at