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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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Outdoor Spaces

Spring has officially sprung!  While it feels great to shed those winter blankets, turn the thermostat to A/C instead of heat, and put those boots into long-term storage, spring brings a few chores with it as well. If you’ve owned a home for a while, you probably have a spring cleaning routine to spruce up the interior. But it takes extra motivation to tackle the outdoor spaces too.  Here are some tips for taking that spring cleaning outside to make sure you reach every nook and cranny.

Squeaky Clean Windows

Harsh winter storms and salt from the roads can leave behind dirty windows in the spring. When it comes time to clean them, the main thing to remember is to clean the outside first, then the inside. Just cleaning the inside of your windows won’t make much of a difference to people on either side of the glass!  You can find window cleaner at any home goods store, but a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water makes a great natural window cleaner. When you get outside, make sure to work in the shade to keep the cleaner from drying out too quickly. But it’s not just the glass that needs a cleaning – the screens need attention too!  You can clean screens with a gentle hosing or soap and water.  If they need more TLC, leave them to soak in a kiddie pool filled with soapy water while you do other cleaning.  Quick tip: Try crumpled up newspaper, instead of paper towels, to clean and dry your windows.

Gunk-Free Gutters

Perhaps the least desirable springtime chore, clearing out the gutters, is a must-do for homeowners. De-cluttering gutters of leaves, twigs, and debris will prevent flooding and roof damage while increasing the longevity of your home. There are gutter-cleaning services and contraptions to make the task slightly easier. However, most homeowners will take the low-cost route and do it by hand. You’ll need a pair of gloves to protect against sharp and dirty debris along with a large container nearby to dump all the junk. Be sure your ladder is stable before climbing too high, and if possible, ask someone to steady the ladder for you while you clean.  Quick tip: Create your own gutter scoop by cutting the top off of a narrow container like a soda bottle or anti-freeze jug.

Give Your House a Bath

After months of snow, salt, and dirt, your house might look a little dark and dingy. The extent to which you can clean your house depends on the siding, but the easiest and fastest way is to go over everything with a pressure washer. This includes siding, fences, and decks.  If your garage door is looking a little dingy, put some dish soap in a water bucket, wipe the door down, and then rinse off with the pressure washer. If you’re really feeling ambitious, a new coat of paint will freshen things up even more.  Quick tip: If there is a spot giving you particular trouble, add detergent to the reservoir on the pressure washer machine to get the job done faster. Be sure to use a cleaner that is made for pressure washers and intended for the type of surface you’re cleaning.

Ready Your Outdoor Entertainment Area

One of the best parts about summer is the time you get to spend outside with your friends and family. If you entertain often, getting your outdoor space ready is just another item to add to your spring cleaning checklist.  Use a hose to spray off any durable patio furniture or a pressure washer if possible. Put seat cushions or fabric in the washing machine while you work.  For more delicate furniture, you may need to get out the old wash rag and scrub by hand. Afterwards, sweep loose debris off the deck and power wash that too if the surface allows. Last but not least, get the grill ready by burning off any excess gunk from last year, scrub the grates and sides, and clean out the burners.  Quick tip: Prolong the life of your patio furniture by laying down a towel to avoid contact with lotion or sunscreen.  Cover the furniture when not in use or bring cushions inside.  Covering or wrapping cushions in plastic invites mildew.  Instead use canvas or tarp.

Bugs Be Gone

Unfortunately, you aren’t the only one who enjoys being outside this time of year.  Mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks are only some of the pests who might try to crash your summertime fun.  It always puts a damper on the evening when guests are swatting through the air and go home with dozens of bug bites.  That’s where Mosquito Joe can help!  Check out our locations page to find a Mosquito Joe near you, and give them a call to find out how they can help make outside fun again.

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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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