Mosquito-Proof Your Campsite

Summer is the perfect time to plan a trip with family and friends to de-stress. Here at Mosquito Joe, we love being able to get outside and enjoy nature. One of our favorite ways to unwind and spend time outside is by packing up the car – or RV – and going camping!

When you and your family are grilling out, playing by the pool or relaxing in the backyard, mosquitoes and ticks can easily ruin a fun evening at home. But Mosquito Joe knows that pesky outdoor pests are nuisances even when you aren’t in your yard. You might be familiar with how to make sure mosquitoes and ticks don’t impose on you and your family when you’re in your backyard, but do you know what to do when you head to your campsite?

Assess your campsite

Just like at home, make sure to eliminate any standing water from your campsite. A bottle cap full of water alone can breed over 300 mosquitoes. By removing stagnant water, you will ensure that more mosquitoes won’t be able to breed. Additionally, set up your campsite away from marshy areas, slow moving rivers and streams, leaf debris and heavily wooded areas. These landscapes are more attractive to mosquitoes and ticks; mosquitoes prefer damp areas while ticks like taking shelter in shady spaces and areas with tall grass.

Keep insect repellent on hand

Insect repellants line the shelves of drugstores during the summer months. Purchasing bug spray that contains DEET will keep mosquitoes from biting while you’re pitching your tent, hiking or biking. For even more protection against these pests, pick up an insect repellant that is made with coconut oil compounds. A recent study showed that the fatty acids in coconut oil can be effective at repelling mosquitoes and ticks than DEET. To avoid spraying sticky sprays, try insect repellant wristbands.

If you’d prefer a more natural  solution, consider using essential oils. These extracts do more than help you smell fresh while outdoors, they can also repel against annoying mosquitoes.! Rosemary, thyme, eucalyptus, lavender, mint and tea tree are oils are effective repellants. In addition to acting as a repellant, these essential oils can act as a natural remedy for itchy mosquito bites. Check out our blog to learn more about how you can use these to relieve uncomfortable bites!

Wear the correct gear

If you plan on hiking, horseback riding or fishing on your camping trip, be sure to pack and wear clothing that will protect you from mosquitoes and ticks. White and khaki colored clothing will make you less attractive to mosquitoes. These pesky pests see dark colors better than light, so stay cool and avoid mosquito bites! When roaming in high grasses or heavily wooded areas, wear long pants tucked into socks and closed toe shoes. This way ticks won’t be able to latch onto exposed skin as you pass by.

Nobody wants mosquitoes camping in their backyard, so, have your local Mosquito Joe treat your property! Stop smacking yourself in the face and reach out to us at 855-ASK-A-JOE or visit us online at MosquitoJoe.com to make outside fun again.

 

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Check Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Off Your To-Do List!

 

With temperatures rising, days getting longer and fun summer holiday plans on the calendar, spring cleaning and home maintenance isn’t high on anyone’s list of priorities. However, Mosquito Joe, along with our fellow Neighborly brands, are here to make your seasonal to-do list less daunting.

Get a Spotless Home, Stress-free

Many people associate spring cleaning with the laborious chore of deep cleaning their home. The home cleaning authority, Molly Maid, has several tips on how to tackle this task on their handy checklist. By finish cleaning one room before starting the next and completing rooms over the course of several days, spring cleaning is a snap! Molly Maid also recommends establishing a regular cleaning schedule.

Did you know? Molly Maid offers flexible cleaning options, whether it is a regular cleaning plan or just preparing for a visit from out-of-town guests!

Keep Cool this Summer

Summer is right around the corner, which means 90 degree days are ahead of us. When the weather outside is sweltering, keeping air conditioning circulating in your home is a top priority.  However, winter’s cold temperatures can cause cracks in windows and doors which can let out cool air. For increased energy efficiency and optimal AC, Mr. Handyman suggests inspecting caulking where cracks could let air in and out of your home.

Did you know? Mr. Handyman does it all! With expertise in a little bit of everything, Mr. Handyman can help repair, remodel and maintain your home.

The Grass is Greener Where You Water, Seed and Aerate It!

The sun’s scorching summer rays can create unsightly brown patches of grass in your yard. The Grounds Guys have a number of tips on how to turn your lawn into a lush, green paradise. These include applying fertilizer once grass begins growing in mid to late spring, watering grass approximately one inch per week, and aerating warm-season grass during early summer, which is peak grass growing season.

Did you know? The Grounds Guys do more than just landscaping! Keep their phone number on speed dial this winter for holiday lighting installation and snow and ice removal.

Stop Smacking Yourself in the Face

Don’t let pesky mosquitoes, ticks and fleas crash your barbecue, pool party or summer gathering. Dumping standing water around your yard eliminates mosquito breeding sites so your property isn’t home to pesky pests. Cutting grass short and keeping lawns manicured keeps ticks from latching onto you and your pets. A barrier spray treatment from Mosquito Joe adds an extra layer of defense to your property!

Did you know? Mosquito Joe barrier treatments eliminate not only mosquitoes, ticks and fleas, but over 30 different types of outdoor pests that keep you and your family swatting and scratching.

To schedule a mosquito, tick and flea barrier control treatment and make your yard itch-free, reach out to your local Mosquito Joe today!

Find the comprehensive Neighborly Spring Maintenance Checklist here. With 14 home service brands under its umbrella, Neighborly has you covered for everything you need to enhance, repair and maintain your home. Visit GetNeighborly.com to learn more and find the Neighbor for your home’s needs!

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Meet a Joe: Joe Delgado

 

*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!*

After many years of working for various franchises, Joe found his home at Mosquito Joe in February 2018. A born and raised Texan, Joe has three business degrees including a Masters Degree in Business Administration. When he’s not at work, Joe is live streaming video games and watching movies. His favorite film is the Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy, The Other Guys.

Here are some fun facts about Joe:

What led you to work for Mosquito Joe?

I wanted to expand my knowledge and pursue a career where I could help others.

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

Being able to help problem solve with owners and help them discover a way to be financially independent while working for themselves.  

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

Working for different franchises before this, I have had the ability to learn from many co-workers and owners to experience a multitude of problems and solutions that worked. The industries may be different, but usually the problems are the same.

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

Haven’t seen you outside in a while. This one sticks out to me because everyone should be able to get outside when they choose not on a mosquito’s time. With winter holding us hostage, we should enjoy the time we can be out.

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

I would like to think Bradley Cooper would play my life story. He is charismatic and in most of his roles he is a jokester like myself. The only problem I see is that he is much taller than me.

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

I would love to take a boat and just sail from remote island to remote island sightseeing and taking in the fun and sun.

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

I am usually socializing. As an extrovert, I get my energy from being around people.

How attracted are mosquitoes to you?

Depends on who is around me. Usually I’m the last one to get bit.  

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

I would want to find a fishing rod, deck of cards and a working phone so after I’m done with my vacation I can radio to get home.

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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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