Preparing Your Yard for Spring…and Mosquitoes

Spring is in the air, and so are the mosquitoes. As temperatures begin to warm up and you start to transition your wardrobe from fuzzy sweaters to raincoats, we want to make sure you’ve got some helpful tips for preparing your yard for some outdoor (itch-free) fun with your friends and family. Once temperatures stay consistently above 50 degrees we’ll begin to see some increased mosquito activity. Who would’ve thought that preparing your yard for the spring season could also prepare you for the arrival of mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water, so it’s best to empty bird baths, ponds, planters, toys or anywhere else water may gather. Drilling holes in tire swings, trash cans and recycle bins allows water to drain out easily. Repair any leaky outdoor faucets to avoid water pooling underneath them. Finally, keep your grass and shrubs cut short. Mosquitoes are shrub hoppers and gather to rest in shady, cool areas which is why it’s best to keep your yard weed free and avoid any overgrown vegetation.

With over 3,500 species of mosquitoes out there laying 100-300 eggs at a time, they just can’t wait to start bugging us!

Once your yard is ready, get outside and enjoy some fun spring activities:

  • Have a picnic with your favorite snacks
  • Plant your favorite spring flowers
  • Get a box of colorful chalk and turn your sidewalks into a mural
  • Take a walk around your neighborhood
  • Fly a kite on a breezy day
  • Play catch, throw a football back and forth or kick a soccer ball around
  • Blow bubbles with the young (and young at heart) kids in your life

Have you pre-paid for your 2018 season yet? There may still be time to save in your area.Contact your local Mosquito Joe to get a free quote for professional, ongoing defense in your yard. Treatments are tailored to your property and our products are applied by certified and trained technicians.

Don’t forget about ticks! Mosquito Joe rids your yard of ticks too so your family and pets can enjoy outside. Visit our Tick Control page for some background on ticks, the diseases they carry and some helpful tips for keeping your property ahead of tick issues.

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Meet a Joe: Jacqui Sienkiewicz

*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 a member of the Corporate staff, Jacqui Sienkiewicz. A Hampton Roads native, Jacqui just joined our team this month as a Search Engine Marketing Specialist. She graduated from Longwood University (Go Lancers!) with an English Degree, and has  worked in digital marketing for the past five years with a focus on SEO & PPC campaigns. She will be working with our Mosquito Joe franchise owners across the country to maintain their websites and overall digital presence. 

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

What led you to work for Mosquito Joe?

I was looking for a position where I could truly contribute to the company and make a difference. I also wanted to find a great team environment. When I interviewed with MoJo, I knew I had found a job with both. Plus, everyone here is genuinely nice – bonus!

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

I get to be analytical with data but also creative in the way that the data is presented and in how the work is performed.

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

I always want to keep learning and growing professionally. I love finding out about all aspects of how Mosquito Joe works and then determining the way I can best contribute to future success.

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

“Should You Decide Not To Call Us, Save This Card For Swatting” …it’s funny AND useful!

If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Tom Hanks in a wig. Tom Hanks is down to earth and charming. Plus, he can play anyone.

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

Tokyo! The art, the fashion, the technology – I think it would be like visiting another planet.

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

I know it’s hard to tell, but I actually spend a ton of time at the beach during the summer (SPF 100, y’all). I also enjoy riding my bike on the Elizabeth River Trail and exploring local parks.

How attracted are mosquitoes to you?

As Lloyd Christmas, from Dumb & Dumber, would say …”they like me ahh-lawt”

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

Sunscreen, husband, iPhone. (Yes, in that order). Sunscreen because I’d die two days in without it. Husband because someone has to entertain me. iPhone because something has to entertain me when my husband needs a nap.

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

Oprah because I love everything about her. Edgar Allan Poe because I studied him a lot throughout college, and my Mama, because someone has to back up the fact that I just met Oprah & EAP!

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