5 Tips for Coping with Daylight Savings Time

In 1964, The Rolling Stones sang “Time is on my side, yes it is, time is on my side.” This is a rather appropriate song to have stuck in your head this week as it’s time to turn those clocks back one hour this Saturday night. November 5, 2016 marks Daylight Savings Time, and while that means one more hour of sleep, it also means that winter is on the way. Because change is difficult for some people (even the smallest of changes), here are some ideas for dealing with “falling back” in time!

  • Wake up at a normal time on Sunday. It’s tempting to take advantage of the extra hour and catch up on sleep, but doing so can actually cause you to oversleep and throw off your sleep schedule for days (like jetlag but without the travel). Instead, wake up at your normal hour and go for a walk or make a nice cup of coffee to get the day going.
  • Try to avoid naps, especially longer than 30 minutes. Similarly to jetlag, the best way to get over the drowsy tired feeling is to get back on your regular sleep routine as quickly as possible. Long naps during the day will make it more difficult to sleep at night, further preventing you from overcoming the time change.
  • Take advantage of the sunshine (if you can). It’s common to feel groggy or out of sorts for the first few days after setting the clocks back. Getting outside in the sunshine can help boost your mood, reorient your body’s clock, and get November off to a better start.
  • Get some exercise! A walk, bike ride, or jog can help shake that lethargic feeling. It can also help you catch some rays and spend time with family/friends before you kick off the week.
  • If you have kids, try to use this week to gradually adjust the schedule back by small increments (10-15 minutes) rather than just taking the large hour jump back on Sunday. Then, keep your kids to the same schedule as usual so that transitioning back into the school week isn’t such a drag.

If you do take this opportunity to spend some extra time outdoors, remember to call your local Mosquito Joe to make your yard a mosquito-free space. Mosquitoes can breed and thrive until temperatures are consistently below 55 degrees fahrenheit, which is weeks away for many parts of the country! And letting mosquitoes breed and then lay eggs to hibernate throughout the winter will make the springtime an itchy nightmare. Contact your local Mosquito Joe for a free quote and information about our services.

Don’t forget to set the clocks back one hour this Saturday!

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Last Minute DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Here in Virginia Beach, the weather is perfect for pumpkin picking and trick-or-treating which is only a few days away! Oops, did you forget that Halloween is next week? While some people have costumes prepared months in advance, others may be scrambling for things to wear to Halloween parties and trick-or-treating this weekend. And your kid’s decision to be Batman three months ago may have changed a dozen times between then and now, leaving you with some creative sewing to do!

Well, no need to fear, Mosquito Joe is here to help with some last-minute, do-it-yourself costume ideas for everybody! Whether you’re looking for a solo costume, something to wear as a group, or something for the little ones, these costumes are sure to catch some attention for their creativity and simplicity.

Halloween Costume Ideas for Couples/Groups

  • Google Maps – Never get lost again with this hilarious costume that lets you and a partner be point A and point B on a Google Maps route. All you need are cardboard and markers for the headpiece and some yellow duct tape, a printer, and tape to create the street view on your shirt.DIY Halloween Costume
  • Fruit of the Loom – I give full credit for this costume idea to my parents who wore it to a Halloween party a few years ago. The essence of this costume for all members includes balloons, tights, a hat, and gloves of the same color. Apply the balloons to each person with some tape, and you’re on your way!
  • Three blind mice – Perhaps the most famous of nursery rhyme trios, the Three Blind Mice make for a simple and hilarious Halloween costume. Grey long-sleeved shirts and leggings, walking canes, sunglasses, and mouse ears are all you need to complete this look.

Halloween Costume Ideas for Singles

  • Brawny man – It couldn’t get much easier than this costume that only requires a red and black flannel shirt, jeans, work boots, and a roll of paper towels (still in the wrapper).
  • Operation game man – People love Halloween costumes that play on fun childhood memories. And what better way to play on them than to become the subject of a great (and very annoying) board game from the ’60s – Operation! You’ll need a nude colored shirt and leggings, red and white construction paper, and some tongs. The great thing about this is no buzzing sound!
  • Bags of jelly beans – Use sharpies on a clear plastic bag to draw a jelly bean picture or logo of your choosing. Then wrap yourself in the bag, cut out head, arm, and leg holes just big enough to fit through, and fill the bag with colored balloons!

Halloween Costume Ideas For Kids

  • DIY Halloween CostumeBoxes of candy – You are what you eat, right? So why not transform the kids into their favorite candy for the night? Find a cardboard box large enough to comfortably fit your child, and color the outside according to whichever candy wrapper you’d like. Then cut head and arm holes into the box, and you’re done! A matching pair of tights and gloves adds a nice finishing touch.
  • Stick figure – A white shirt and pants, black electrical tape, a piece of paper, string, and a marker are all you need for this one. Draw a simple stick figure face on the paper, cut it out in a circle, and tie it around the head to cover the face. Then place electrical tape on the shirt and pants to create a stick figure image. It’s best to do the last step while your child is wearing the outfit so everything lines up accordingly.
  • Carl from “Up” – This costume idea is a real crowd pleaser as Up is one of the most beloved Pixar movies ever made. A brown sweater, white shirt, red bow tie, brown pants, and square glasses will be needed to make the outfit. You can make a small walker by using pvc pipe and placing tennis balls on the end. To complete the look, tie a few colored balloons around your child’s waist. Don’t worry, they won’t float away!

We could go on and on about creative Halloween costume ideas to fulfill your last minute needs. If you’re still stuck, you can even ask Siri! That’s right, the new iPhone update will provide DIY costume ideas when you ask Siri what you should be for Halloween. My personal favorite: dress in all black, and stand in front of people all night. You’ll be an eclipse.

Happy Halloween from your friends at Mosquito Joe! We’d love to hear about your costume ideas, so don’t forget to comment here and post on our Facebook page. And if you are still in need of mosquito control services this year, call your local Mosquito Joe for service. Many of our southern locations will continue to operate for weeks to come!

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Meet a Joe: Jayme Sabo – Director of Marketing

*Occasionally we like to provide a blog post that will help you get to know Joe. From our technicians to our Corporate staff to our hardworking franchisees – we think our company is full of people you ought to know!**

This week we’d like to introduce you to one of our newest members of the Corporate staff, Jayme Sabo.  Jayme brings a wealth of marketing and advertising experience to Mosquito Joe after relocating to Virginia Beach from Tucson, Arizona. She has worked in both the agency world and a variety of corporate settings including financial services, real estate development, and the Indy Racing League. Jayme also worked as a consumer marketing manager for a large car wash business with more than 100 locations in ten states. Coming back to the franchise world was a perfect fit for Jayme as she grew up in a franchisee family helping her father with his ten-unit Subway franchise.

As the Director of Marketing, she not only dedicates her experience to the overall best marketing strategy for Mosquito Joe, but also to the day-to-day success of our franchisees across the country. We are so excited to have Jayme in the MoJo family and on our marketing team!

Here are some fun facts about Jayme, so you can get to know her like we have! Welcome, Jayme!

What is your favorite part about your position at Mosquito Joe?

With such a fun brand, excited and engaged franchisees, and an amazing staff at Corporate, there are just endless possibilities on what I’m able to explore and do. It’s a marketer’s dream job – being part of this team that is able to innovate and directly contribute to the growth of the business owners and success of the brand.

What is your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

It’s a toss-up between “Stop smacking yourself in the face.” and “Tired of being the main course?” They’re just so funny – easy to visualize and relatable.

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

I just relocated from Tucson, Arizona to Virginia Beach, so my new answer is being at the beach! I enjoy anywhere I can take my dogs and love being in the backyard for barbecues and spending time with family and friends.

If you could invite three people to a party, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

John F. Kennedy because I’d love to get his thoughts on the goings-on of today. My maternal grandfather who I never met and would love to opportunity to get to know. And Ellen DeGeneres because she’s hilarious and generous.

If you were shipwrecked, what three items would you want with you?

Solar-powered eBook reader, a water filter, and a large box of matches.

How attracted are mosquitoes to you?

If my sisters are with me, I’m not nearly as attractive to mosquitoes as they are, and I’m completely okay with that!

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The Stories Behind Our Favorite Fall Activities

Fall is a little bittersweet around the Mosquito Joe office. The same time of year that brings beautiful foliage, pumpkin patches, hayrides, and apple cider also brings an end to our mosquito spraying season in most locations. But instead of focusing on the negatives, we’re already looking forward to the fun (and sometimes strange) fall activities yet to come! If you’ve ever wondered where the tradition of apple bobbing came from, you’ve come to the right place! Today, we’re going to explore some of the fall activities we enjoy every year and dig a little bit deeper to find out why we enjoy things like dunking our heads in water to retrieve an apple with our mouths instead of grabbing a dry one out of a bowl with our hands.

Oktoberfest

OktoberfestOktoberfest is a 16 to 18 day festival that takes place every year in Munich, Germany to commemorate the Bavarian culture. A combination of a beer festival and carnival, Oktoberfest attracts millions of people every year. Interestingly enough, this festival is typically held in September instead of October. Wonder why? The first Oktoberfest was held in mid October 1810 to honor the marriage of a Bavarian royal couple. As this tradition continued throughout the years, organizers moved the festival to September to allow for better weather and enjoyment of the festivities! Last year’s event saw over 7 million visitors and just as many litres of beer served. Cheers!

 

Trick-or-Treating

Trick or treatTrick-or-treating, one of the most beloved fall traditions is a little strange if you really think about it. Going door to door in costume asking strangers for candy has a few contested origin stories. The ancient tradition of mumming was practiced at the Samhain celebration. This predecessor to Halloween was celebrated over 2,000 ago by the Celts. People would dress in costume to drive away evil spirits while gathering together to honor the dead and would perform acts in exchange for food and drink.

Samhain transformed into All Souls’ Day, a large festival with costumes, food, and treats to honor the deceased. Poorer classes would visit the homes of wealthier people and ask for treats in exchange for a promise to pray for the souls of their relatives. Eventually, the promise to pray for souls was dropped and replaced with the performance of a trick or joke, hence the name trick-or-treat.

As these traditions came to the United States, the innocent “tricks” gradually devolved into vandalism, the height of which was during The Great Depression. To evade thousands of dollars in damage and unnecessary violence, communities organized a trick-or-treating program in the 1930s to keep young people focused on something else. These programs saw huge success and continue to this very day!

Bobbing for Apples

Bobbing for applesWhat is now a messy and innocent game has its roots in courtship and love from European colonists. Young girls were assigned an apple, and the amount of tries it took their male partner to bite the apple determined the success of their relationship; one try meant eternal love, two tries meant a short romance, and three tries meant nothing would ever happen. The apple was often regarded as a sign of fertility and youth as apple blossoms usually signal the beginning of spring. Eventually, this game lost its romantic undertones and became a popular game for everyone to enjoy at fall parties!

 


As is becoming tradition here, we went around to office to ask the Mosquito Joe crew about which fall activities they lovFall traditionse. Here are some of their favorites!

Watching my son play fall tee-ball – Jake

Coming from New England, we always did the typical stuff; apple picking, hot apple cider, etc. But for me, the highlight is when we carve the pumpkins! Now with kids, it’s fun to see personalities come out in their carvings. Fall ActivitiesYou can always tell who’s pumpkin is whose. My pumpkin is always scary. Dad’s is traditional and NEVER deviates. Our 8-year-old daughter does something a little different and creative, and our 5-year-old does a goofy pumpkin. – Gwen

While I am a total summer girl at heart and hate to see it end, I do love heading out to the farm and watching our four year old select the perfect pumpkin and cut it off the vine! And of course, I always scoop up a few mums to get me in an autumn state of mind.  – JulieFall Activities

I love drinking beer and supporting my favorite NFL teams – Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers! – Jodi


As you plan your fall festivities and Halloween parties, remember how important it is to continue your mosquito control sprays until the very end of the season. Ending your treatments early will give female mosquitoes a chance to not only make your yard a home but to lay more eggs before the first freeze of winter. Along with the barrier spray, Mosquito Joe technicians can treat areas of standing water that are unavoidable such as pool covers and flower pots. If the last spray and treated areas of water are completed, then you’ve completed the first step in winterizing your yard!

Don’t let mosquitoes trick you into ending service before the season ends. Contact your local Mosquito Joe for a free quote today!

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Let Us Do the Work This Labor Day

It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to a close and back-to-school supplies have replaced barbecue paraphernalia in the grocery stores. But before you put away the grills and cover the adirondack chairs, there is one last long weekend to soak up the sunshine before you have to think about early morning bus stops and packed lunches.

Labor Day can be bittersweet; it wraps up a time of relaxation and leisure while also giving us an extra day off and time spent with loved ones (hopefully outside)! So today, we’re going to focus on the sweet – how to make the most out of outdoor plans this holiday. If you’re hosting a get together at your house this weekend, keeping guests entertained can be stressful, especially the little ones! Here are some unique ideas for backyard activities to give everyone lasting memories long into the new school year.

  • Sand Jar Art – What’s backyard bash without some arts and crafts? All you need for this activity is salt, sidewalk chalk of various colors, containers or jars of your choice, paper plates, and construction paper. This craft will keep the kids busy and give them beautiful artwork to take home that reminds them of summer. Follow the link in the title for specific instructions.
  • Lawn Twister – A new twist on an old favorite, all this lawn game requires is some spray paint and circular stencil. Simply paint the Twister circles onto the grass and play away! The paint should wash away easily with the rain or hose.Outdoor Pictionary
  • Bean Bag Ladder Toss – Label each rung of the ladder with points on a large index card in descending order. Then have players throw bean bags between the rungs for highest possible scores. Easy setup!
  • Frozen T-Shirt Race – This is a fun (and fast) way to cool off if Labor Day weekend ends up being a scorcher. Grab a bunch of t-shirts, soak them in water, and ring them out. Place wax paper between each shirt and freeze overnight. Make a game out of it by passing out the t-shirts and seeing who can unfold and put it on the fastest.
  • Outdoor Pictionary – Another new take on an old favorite, outdoor pictionary let’s families bring this classic game outdoors to enjoy on a bigger scale. You can either buy a large chalkboard to use in the backyard or build one of your own.

There are hundreds of ideas out there for backyard games and activities that the entire family can enjoy. Check out our Labor Day blog from last year for even more ideas! To ensure that your Labor Day celebration goes off without a hitch, call your local Mosquito Joe for mosquito control services. There is no bigger distraction at an outdoor party than the constant swatting that mosquitoes bring. Mosquito Joe’s barrier spray services will help your guests stay focused on winning the games rather than itching. We’ve got room on the schedule, so make sure you call now and ensure you’re a stop for the infamous yellow van!

From all of us here at Mosquito Joe, we wish you a happy Labor Day! Be sure to let us know your own ideas for backyard games and ways to spice up a summer barbecue.

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