Fall Recipes for Slow Cooker Season

With Daylight Saving Time quickly approaching, we want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your extra hour. No one wants to spend more time than they have to over a hot stove, so we’re here to provide you with some comforting fall meals to make in your slow cooker this season. It’s the perfect way to save time and spend it enjoying more of the things and people you love. From hearty stews to gourmet-style desserts, your family won’t want to leave the dinner table.

Get them started with an appetizer because sometimes, the best part of the meal happens before you even get to the main course.

Serve up some warm comfort foods to get through the cool autumn days.

We’ll provide this list of slow cooker desserts, you satisfy every sweet tooth in your home.

Feeling thirsty? Try these warm fall drinks that (yes!) you can make in your slow cooker.

After you warm yourself up with these recipes with your family and friends, we hope you’re able to get out and do some fall activities in the fresh air. The last thing you might be thinking about this time of year is mosquitoes. But remember that mosquitoes remain active until the temperature remains consistently below 50 degrees, which is still a few weeks away for most of us. If you want to remain itch-free this fall, consider a professional mosquito control service like Mosquito Joe. Our professional and trained technicians can protect you and your family from mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks so you can enjoy jumping in the leaves and playing fall football in the yard. Call your local Mosquito Joe today to get a quote and make outside fun again today!


Trick-Less Tips to Make the Most of Your Halloween

When it comes to holidays, Halloween is a favorite around the Mosquito Joe corporate office. So to break out the spooky fun, we’re dedicating an entire blog to some of our most-liked activities. From easy, last minute trick-less treat ideas to intricate ways to carve your pumpkins, there are surely plenty of options for your family to celebrate (that may not end in a candy-induced tummy ache!).

Get Creative in the Kitchen

This is the perfect time of year to whip up some wickedly good treats with the family. Short on time and imagination? We’ve got you covered…in toppings!

Get Out of the House

Halloween festivities couldn’t take place during a better time of year in most areas to be out in the crisp, fresh air. We’ve got a list of our favorite Halloween activities to help your family and friends venture out for fun.

  • Visit a local farm for apple picking or a challenging corn maze.
  • Hold each other’s hands while you travel through a spooky haunted house.
  • Head to the craft store for DIY costume or decoration supplies.
  • Project some classic Halloween movies in your (mosquito-free) backyard.
  • Support a local pumpkin patch and pick out your favorite pumpkins.
  • Find festivals, carnivals, and trick-or-treat events near you.
  • Enter a costume contest.

Carve Your Pumpkins

Is it really Halloween without a jack-o-lantern? Picking them out is half the fun, the other half is designing and carving them. After you’ve laid out all of the knife rules and guidelines, check out these great pages to get your mind buzzing with pumpkin carving ideas. After all of your hard work, don’t forget to save the seeds and bake them for a yummy reward!

Remember, mosquitoes stay active until the temperature is consistently below 50 degrees. If you plan on hosting a festive party or anticipate little monsters knocking on your door for sweets, consider a Halloween spray from your local Mosquito Joe to ensure candy will be the only thing everyone’s itching for.


Pet Wellness for the Fall

With October being National Pet Wellness Month, let’s take the opportunity to absorb some helpful tips on keeping our beloved pets healthy and happy this season (and year-round, too!). The simple preventatives below can help you know what to look for as a pet-owner and make sure your pets are around for years to come.

Wellness exams and vaccines

Are you taking your pet for a wellness exam at least once a year? Regular checkups are essential to a healthy, happy pet. Pets are genetically wired to hide illness and disease, so let your veterinarian detect and prevent things such as ear infections, dental disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. Making sure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date is not only good for their overall health, but also yours. Ask your veterinarian about the vaccines your pet needs to prevent contagious diseases and illnesses. A vet visit can be scary, so be sure to hold their paw during the shots!

School and home project supplies

School is in session and it’s easy to avoid putting the supplies into the appropriate storage after use. School glues, permanent markers, and pencils can all cause upset stomachs for curious pets. Heavy-duty glues can cause serious blockage in the digestive tract and may even lead to pricey surgeries. Dogs in particular like the flavor of glue. To avoid a mess on the carpet and unwanted vet bills, make sure your family is cleaning up after those fun projects.

Look out for mushrooms

Although appetizing in warm fall meals, mushrooms can be toxic to our pets. Fall is the prime season for mushrooms, and pets cannot determine the difference between a toxic and non-toxic mushroom. If a dog consumes a mushroom and you are unsure of its toxicity, take them to the vet right away. They can experience some pretty awful side effects and will need to be treated immediately to avoid potential liver and kidney failure.

Check for fleas and ticks

Deer ticks are responsible for spreading Lyme disease, and the number of adult deer ticks is higher in the fall than it is during any other season. Fleas also transmit diseases and cause a painful itch for you and your pets. During the wellness exam, check with your veterinarian for flea and tick preventatives, and be sure to contact your local Mosquito Joe for an extra layer of protection for you and your pets from those pesky insects.

Nutrition and exercise

I’m sure your pet would LOVE to share that last slice of pizza with you, but you should reconsider. Providing your pet with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise is important for their quality of life. Consider adding pumpkin, apples, and carrots to your pet’s diet – these are tasty treats that are abundant during autumn months and they come packed with lots of nutrients! This time of year provides the perfect weather for a long walk or a game of fetch, but don’t forget to provide them with calories to account for the energy they’re expending. Your pet will love spending time with you and enjoy activities in the crisp, fresh air!

Although it’s officially fall, outdoor pests will remain active until temperatures consistently stay below 50 degrees.  Getting a Mosquito Joe spray now will allow you to enjoy your outdoor space longer while adding another layer of defense against ticks and fleas for your pets. Contact your local Mosquito Joe for more information, and let us help you make outside fun again!

Feeling creative this fall? Check out these adorable DIY Pet Costume Ideas for Halloween!


Meet a Joe: Dara Ormon

*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 the newest members of the Corporate staff, Dara Ormon. A Virginia native, Dara has just joined our team as Paralegal. She has always wanted to work in the legal field and has spent the last five years working as a paralegal and legal assistant. While doing so, she was also getting her B.S. in Criminal Justice and M.A. in Criminology from Old Dominion University. As a paralegal, Dara will be working closely with our finance and franchise sales departments to make sure everything is in order as we bring new franchise owners on board.

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

What led you to work for Mosquito Joe?

Adulting, on LinkedIn. I was looking for a company/brand/business model where I really saw our values aligned. After a little research, I came in for the interview already so excited and impressed by the what I’d read about the company. Everyone I met in in leadership that day exceeded my expectations, and I’m just excited they picked me!

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

I love how friendly, welcoming, and helpful everyone has been since the moment I arrived. I also love being a part of company that helps people live their best lives and support the dreams of those same people in owning their own businesses.

What are the biggest strengths professionally that you bring to the Mosquito Joe team?

How passionate, driven and excited I am about the paralegal life. I have a pretty extensive background in the legal community and I’m just excited to put it into practice with such a great team.

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

Outside is fun again. It reminds me of my carefree childhood days where I’m outside all day without a care in the world. Who wouldn’t want to recreate that memory?

 If you could plan your ultimate vacation, where would you go?

Fashion week in Dubai! Riding camels and I can only imagine the amazing photos!

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

I’ve recently gotten into hiking. I typically only really get a chance to hike on out of town weekend trips or when visiting my sister in Seattle, but I’ve seen some of the prettiest waterfalls and views on hiking adventures.

How attracted are mosquitoes to you?

We’ve been in a relationship now for as long as I can remember, but thanks to Mosquito Joe I can start putting some distance between us. It’s definitely for the better.

If you were shipwrecked, what three items would you want to land on shore with you?

All I need is Wilson! (Cast Away reference) and by Wilson, I mean a guy named Wilson with some very serious boat building and survival skills.

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

My best friend Brittany makes every party memorable, Michael Jackson for music, and Dylan O’Brien for comic relief!