Celebrating Dad This Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up this weekend, and you know what that means. It’s is definitely time to start brainstorming and planning for the perfect celebration. Whether you spend the day with immediate family only or have a blowout with all the neighbors, there are so many different ways to bond with dad. While showing him how much he’s appreciated for all he does, don’t forget to make it fun for everyone!

Here are a few ideas to make this Sunday extra special:

  1. Wake up early to cook breakfast and make coffee. Bring it to dad in bed. Once he’s settled, bring him his gifts. Read cards and watch him open presents while he enjoys breakfast.
  2. Have the family over for a cookout. Let the grill master relax while you take over for a change. Just don’t burn anything!
  3. Build a backyard bonfire when the sun goes down. This is the perfect way to spend quality time with family towards the end of the day. Bring everyone outside to roast marshmallows and tell stories.
  4. Go to the movies as a family. This time, let dad pick the show and the snacks.
  5. Go to a local campground or pitch a tent in the backyard. Bring plenty of snacks, sleeping bags, and kick back with dad. This will make for memories that’ll last a lifetime.
  6. Take to the fairway! There is a good chance your dad enjoys playing an occasional 18 holes. Even if you’re not a golfer, go along with him and give it your best shot. I promise you’ll have fun, and dad will be thankful you participated in one of his favorite activities.
  7. Have a picnic in a local park. Make all of dad’s favorites, pack a cooler, and surprise him by taking him out to enjoy it all with the family. Eat, laugh, reminisce, chat, and watch the sunset together. Don’t forget to capture the moment!
  8. If you have a pool, invite your dad’s best friends and their families over for a pool party. The sun is getting hotter by the day, so why not keep cool with dad on his?!
  9. Go for a family hike. Find a local nature trail and spend the morning getting in your daily exercise family style!
  10. Host a neighborhood barbecue. Let the neighborhood families come over to celebrate all the dads and munch on tasty treats. Ease the stress of planning a party by making it a pot luck!
  11. Is dad a history buff? Go to a local museum to learn a thing or two. An educational experience is never a bad idea!

We wish all the dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day! Thank you for all that you do. If your Father’s Day celebrations happen to take you outside, don’t forget that added layer of protection against mosquitoes. Call your local Mosquito Joe today for a free quote and information about our services. We can make sure your celebration and your entire summer are swat-free.

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Tailoring Your Yard for a Swat Free Summer

Here at Mosquito Joe, we’re pet owners, moms, dads, homeowners and outdoor lovers just like you. We understand the thought process that surrounds bringing a new product into your environment because at some point we’ve all been there as well. Sometimes people who hear about us have a lot of questions because the service just seems too simple to be true, or they wonder why it hasn’t been around longer to help get rid of mosquitoes. One of the most common questions we get about our services is whether or not the products we use are safe. We wanted to provide some information to help you understand the various products we use so you can feel confident that you’re doing the right thing to protect family and friends from mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.

Barrier Spray Treatment

Our main barrier treatment product is a synthetic form of pyrethrins called pyrethroids. Pyrethrins are the natural byproduct of the Chrysanthemum flower. Synthetic pyrethroids have a similar chemical structure as the pyrethrins, and are used in numerous commercial products such as household insecticides, pet shampoos and sprays, and even lice shampoos – so you are probably already using it if you’re a pet owner.

We spray this product on shrubs, low-lying trees, your foundation, mulch beds, etc. Generally we don’t spray your grass, unless you’re having a specific issue with fleas. All chemicals we use are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). You, your kids, and your pets can be outside again resuming normal activities as soon as the treatment has had a chance to dry, typically about 30-45 minutes, without the annoyance of mosquitoes.

All-Natural Treatment

For those who prefer all-natural options, we also have products made with rosemary and peppermint oils or concentrated garlic. These products provide knockdown with residual mosquito control, or in the case of garlic, repellency. They can be used around water and do not affect birds, fish, dogs, cats or other animals. The all-natural garlic option provides 14 days of protection with each treatment.

Not Your Average Joe

We pride ourselves on standing out from the rest when it comes to mosquito control. Above all else, trust that each treatment is tailored to your property for maximum effect. It may even include a combination of both synthetic and all-natural treatments. For example, a majority of your shrubs may be sprayed with our standard barrier treatment, while vegetable gardens, ponds and pollinating plants with our all-natural product. A certified technician, trained and knowledgeable in the treatments being applied and the pests they’re targeting, will be applying your treatment and available for any questions.

For a visual of what we do, check out this video showing how our technicians tailor your yard to be less swatting and more fun. Then, call your local Mosquito Joe for a free quote and more information on how we can help make outside fun again for you and your family.

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June is National Pest Control Month

If you take one look at our website, it’s pretty easy to see we are passionate about getting rid of mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. Nothing makes us happier than getting you back outside and enjoying your yard. Whether that’s grilling, gardening, playing ball with your dog, or swimming in your backyard pool, there are plenty of activities that can keep you entertained and enjoying life during warmer weather. We talk often about the nuisance mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks are…but did you know Mosquito Joe’s barrier spray services take care of other insects and outdoor pests that can wreak havoc on your outdoor fun? Since June is National Pest Control Month, we thought we’d take the time to tell you a little bit about some other flying fun-suckers we can help eliminate.

Earwigs

The earwig (no, not a hairpiece for your ears) is one insect can make a mess of your garden. Earwigs are mostly nocturnal and often hide during the day. They feed on a wide variety of insects and plants, so damage to foliage, flowers, and various crops is commonly blamed on this oddly named bug.

Stinkbug

If you’re in certain areas of the U.S. (Virginia, Maryland and Delaware), the stinkbug may be something you’re well aware of, but not because you want to be. Sometimes known as shield bugs because of their distinctive shape, they are commonly referred to as stink bugs because they release a smelly odor when chased, picked up or stepped on. Many people compare the smell to smelly feet. Generally, stinkbugs prefer to be outside. They reproduce and eat outdoors, so they won’t try to move inside until it starts to get cold. But if you see them on the outside of your house, let your Mosquito Joe technician know!

Flies & Centipedes

I know when I’m entertaining in my backyard and uncover the food, the sight of flies can drive me crazy. Even worse was the time spent standing by the table fanning them away. And did you know there are over 8,000 species of centipedes? Some are known to have very painful bites that can cause severe swelling, chills, and fever.


Despite these obnoxious and gross facts, there is a silver lining. These are all insects that you can keep out of your yard using Mosquito Joe barrier spray treatments. That’s right folks, we don’t just kill mosquitoes, fleas and ticks, we take care of other pests that can ruin your garden, leave you with painful bites, and send you running indoors. Bedbugs, clover mites, millipedes, oh my! Pick up the phone and call your local Mosquito Joe today to find out how we can help solve your creepy critter problems.

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Wedding Season = Mosquito Season

Not only has Spring begun, but so has wedding season! If you’ve just gotten engaged and are starting the journey of wedding planning, there are many websites you can go to with checklists on whobride to call, when to book, and what to wear. It’s an endless list of things to remember to make your day go smoothly, and of course, be the happiest day of your life. Some people rise to the challenge, some people groan but jump in head first, and others throw the papers and elope.

As you’re sorting through the budget, the guest lists, the catering menus, bridesmaids dresses and suit options, it can definitely become overwhelming. But we’re here to give you one big tip to make sure the one thing you aren’t doing on your wedding day is swatting. As we were looking through the different checklists, we noticed that something very important was missing, so we wanted to let you in on a secret that can really make your event one to remember for all the right reasons.

Make Sure Mosquitoes Aren’t on the Guest List

The idea of promising forever in an intimate setting and under springtime foliage at sunset can be a dreamy inspiration for couples planning a wedding, but when the weather is warm and the sun is setting it’s also time for mosquitoes to start their dinner. The last thing you want guests to remember about your soiree is that they were eaten alive by mosquitoes, and the last thing you want to be putting on with your wedding dress is insect repellent. Mosquito Joe offers special event sprays that can be tailored to your wedding venue to make sure your day or evening is mosquito free. Since the product dries in thirty minutes, our certified technicians can come to the property and spray the day of, making sure the property is swat free well before the caterers and DJ arrive. Make sure you add “Call Mosquito Joe” to your wedding planning checklist and check here to see if there’s a Mosquito Joe location in your wedding destination.

Since everyone has an opinion, we couldn’t let this opportunity go by without asking our office Joes their advice on planning a wedding.

Wedding Planning Tips from Mosquito Joe Staff Members:

Remember to breathe, and take time to enjoy. It will go by extremely quickly, so don’t forget to make the memory.” ~ Denise

Mosquito Free Wedding Season
Social Joe Julie Green on her wedding day!

Roll with it. All of it. Don’t get too hung up on any one thing, and you won’t be upset when the cake turns out to be frozen or your honeymoon gets cancelled. Or both. Which does in fact happen, as it turns out.” ~ Angela

“At the end of the day your wedding is about you.  Don’t let others make it about them.” ~ Kyle

“This is probably the only time in your life that ALL of your favorite people are going to be in the same room. Make the most of that (because it’s amazing), and get on the dance floor. Oh, and EAT.” ~ Julie

If you just popped the question or if you just answered yes, congratulations! We hope wedding planning is a fun and exciting time for you. IF not, Mosquito Joe special event sprays aren’t just for weddings, either! If you’ve got a family BBQ, birthday party or graduation party in your future, give your local Joe a call and ask about their event sprays.

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Heartworm Awareness & Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month

April is a big month for us here at Mosquito Joe for two reasons: Heartworm Awareness Month and Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month. When we say our goal is to make outside fun again, that is for our four legged friends too. Since our barrier sprays also eliminate ticks and fleas, we take pride in your pets being safe and itch free, too. Not to mention, many of us Joes are dog and cat owners, and knowledge is power when it comes to insects causing sickness in our pets, so we’re honoring the month with some important information about Heartworm, ticks and fleas!

Heartworm in Pets

Heartworm is not something to take lightly with dogs and cats. If you are a pet owner you know heartworm testing is done yearly at your furry friend’s annual checkup, and preventative medicine is strongly recommended monthly. But, do you know how heartworm is spread to dogs and cats if they aren’t protected? Mosquitoes! That’s right, they don’t just make us sick, they can make our pets sick too. The mosquito plays a vital role in the heartworm life cycle. When a mosquito bites an infected animal, it picks up these baby worms, which develop and mature into larvae over a period of 10 to 14 days. Then, when the infected mosquito bites another dog or cat, the larvae are deposited onto the surface of the animal’s skin and enter the new host through the mosquito’s bite.

Ticks and Your Pets

Dogs of MoJo Heartworm Awareness
The Dogs of MoJo

We always associate ticks with the annoyance they can cause when they’re on your pet, but they can make pets and humans very sick. Humans can contract Lyme disease from ticks, but it can also cause the disease in dogs too. The symptoms are similar but present themselves differently in our pups than in humans. Here is what you can be on the lookout for with Lyme disease in dogs:

    • Stiff walk with an arched back
    • Sensitive to touch
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Fever, lack of appetite, and depression may accompany inflammation of the joints
    • Lymph nodes close to the site of the infecting tick bite may be swollen

Fleas are more than an annoyance.

Now that we know how sick ticks and mosquitoes can make us, we can’t let the opportunity go to mention that fleas are much more than an itchy annoyance. Fleas actually carry diseases just like mosquitoes and ticks. Fleas find “hosts,” and those hosts are warm blooded animals. Naturally they are usually dogs and cats, but they can also be opossums, rats, and other rodents. According to the ASPCA, since fleas can consume 15 times their own body weight in blood, they can cause anemia and a significant amount of blood loss over time. They can even cause tapeworm! Not to mention, if your pet happens to get just one flea, that flea can lay eggs every 12 days, and under optimum conditions, those baby fleas can reach adulthood and multiply themselves. Flea infestations are notoriously difficult to get rid of in your house, so avoiding them before they begin is key.

Prevention and Treatment

If you have pets, veterinarians recommend a monthly flea, tick and heartworm preventative to be given during ALL seasons. Only giving your dog or cat flea treatments during spring and summer is not effective. What your vet might fail to mention is the first step in flea, tick and mosquito prevention is treating your yard. Our mosquito control services also kill and defend against fleas and ticks, so let Mosquito Joe be your first line of defense against these disease carrying pests. Contact your local Mosquito Joe today for a free quote. We have no contracts and no obligations, just mosquito, flea and tick treatment solutions.

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