Easy New Year’s Resolutions for 2019

 

A new year is upon us which means it’s time to start brainstorming resolutions for 2019. Coming up with a resolution that you’ll stick with for the entire year is a daunting task. We’re here to help you come up with some simple ideas for things you can do to make 2019 your healthiest, most productive and fun year yet!

Drink more water.

With coffee, soda and other drinks available, sometimes it’s hard to get the amount of water your body needs. In general, health professionals recommend women consume 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids and men consume 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of water every day.

Sound like a hard goal to reach? There are ways you can set yourself up for success and help you meet that benchmark. The Hidrate Spark water bottle tracks the amount of water you drink and even reminds you when it’s time to take another sip. Make drinking your water fun turning it into a game with the app, Plant Nanny. Logging your water intake helps your virtual plant thrive and grow.

Less screen time.

In the digital age of computers, tablets, cell phones and TVs, limiting screen time or disconnecting all together could be a rewarding resolution. A study showed that Americans, on average, spend 10 hours per day interacting with a device.

Because these devices are ingrained in our lives, cutting ties might be difficult. However, there are ways to ease into this resolution. Start with scheduling time to be unplugged. Whether you turn off your phone an hour before going to bed or tuning off the TV while having dinner, making time to disconnect can help with his goal. Downloading an app like Flipd that will encourage you to stay off your phone and get into the moment.

Eat more fruits and vegetables.

It is recommended that adults have at least 3 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit per day. There are tricky ways to substitute vegetable alternatives for things that you eat and add fruit in meals you already have.

Things like zucchini noodles and cauliflower rice are guilt-free ways to make you feel like you’re eating starchy foods like pasta and rice. Swap your hamburger bun and bread on your sandwich for lettuce wraps or even buns fashioned out of sweet potatoes!

Adding berries to yogurt or a banana to cereal in the morning ensures you’re starting the morning with fruit. Blending up a smoothie with a fruit medley is a great way to get a lot of fruit in one serving. Craving something sweet after dinner? Grapes or pineapple are sweet fruits that will trick you into thinking you’re having a decadent dessert!

Spend more time outside.

Whether it’s at school or work, you and your family likely spend a lot of time indoors. There are numerous activities you can partake in to get outside.

Vowing to take a 30 minute walk each day or eating your lunch under a tree or on a park bench are ways to start getting outside. Taking a camping trip with friends and family is a fun way to have a quick getaway and spend time in nature. Starting an outdoor hobby like gardening will not only help you get outside but will beautify your home!

Get prepared for summer weather now so you’re able to take full advantage of your yard when temperatures warm back up. Give your local Mosquito Joe a call to schedule mosquito barrier treatments for 2019 so your new year is an itch-free one! If your local Mosquito Joe is offering a pre-pay discount, you could save big when you pay for the 2019 season in advance.

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Tick Tips – What You Need To Know

 

With increasing evidence that ticks are capable of withstanding cold temperatures, these pests are becoming a year-round problem. Therefore, understanding the risks ticks pose and the best strategies to remove them are of great importance, even in the fall and winter months.

How to Prevent Against Tick Bites

  • Know where ticks hide. Ticks live in tall grass and wooded areas. Hunting, gardening or spending time in your backyard are all activities where you, your family and your pets could pick up ticks.
  • Dress to avoid ticks. Wearing long sleeves and long pants, tucking socks into boots and wearing light colored clothing can help prevent tick bites.
  • Utilize Mosquito Joe barrier treatments as an added layer of defense. Regular barrier treatments from Mosquito Joe eliminate ticks and give you and your family peace of mind.

Tick Prevention Techniques

How to Check for Ticks

Ticks can be as small as the tip of a pencil. Because they like to hide in warm places, they’re usually hidden and are difficult to find. Check these places once coming back indoors to ensure you don’t have any lingering ticks.

  • Under the arms
  • In and around ears
  • Inside belly button
  • Back of the knees
  • In and around hair
  • Between legs
  • Around the waist

Be sure to inspect outside gear and pets for ticks that could have latched on while outside. Additionally, throw clothing in the dryer for 10 minutes to remove ticks. Taking a shower within two hours of being outdoors helps wash off unattached ticks and decreases the chance of contracting tick-borne disease.

How to Properly Remove a Tick

  1. Don’t panic! Grab a pair of tweezers with a fine tip. This will be the best tool to remove the small insect.
  2. Pull upward using steady, even pressure. Using this motion will ensure that the mouth-parts of the tick don’t break off and remain in the skin. If this does happen, use the fine-tipped tweezers to remove the mouth-parts.
  3. Clean the bite. Use rubbing alcohol or soap and water to clean your hands, the infected area and your tweezers.
  4. Dispose of the tick. Place the tick in alcohol, put it in a sealed container, wrap it in tape or flush it down the toilet. Don’t crush the tick between your fingers as it could still transmit disease.
  5. Following up: check on the bite. If you develop a rash, fever or any of the other symptoms associated with tick-borne disease, seek medical assistance. Tell your doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred and where you acquired the bite.

Know the Symptoms of Tick-borne Illness

There are numerous diseases that are caused by ticks. Knowing what types of ticks are prevalent in your area can help you better understand the risks of certain diseases. Fever, chills, aches and pains are common across most tick-borne illnesses. However, many of the diseases have different and distinctive rashes. Knowing what to look for could help you identify early signs of Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI) or tularemia.

To add an added layer of defense against your outdoor space, contact your local Mosquito Joe today to enjoy a bite-free yard! We have special services that add against ticks and other pests, so let us help you protect yourself and your family throughout the year.

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