Fall Outdoor Activities

 

With the weather cooling down it may seem like it’s time to come indoors, but this isn’t true! There are plenty of outdoor activities that you and your family can enjoy that are complimentary to the fall weather. For many of us, our fondest childhood memories of fall include playing in giant piles of leaves. Bring that nostalgia to your home this fall by checking out this list of activities you can enjoy:

Go on an apple farm tour!

We can’t mention fall without thinking of apples. From warm apple pie to crisp apple cider, learn more about how these treats are created on your local farm. With Thanksgiving around the corner, this a great opportunity to find out the specifics of each kind of apple and how you can incorporate them into your regular meals. You know what they say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” We won’t judge if it’s a candy apple.

Go to a sports game!

Fall sports season means football and basketball are constantly on the television in most homes. Why not join the fun and attend the games in person? From local high school games to professional leagues, there are plenty of ways to check out these exciting sports. You can make it a competition among your family to see which team wins or bring the whole family together for your home team. Own a grill? Another way to enjoy your favorite sports teams is to tailgate outside of the game with your friends and family. Nothing makes new friends faster than good food and sports trash talk!

Go on a hike!

One of the best things about fall is the beautiful colors. In areas like Asheville, North Carolina people travel from hours away to get a glimpse of the leaves changing. But you don’t have to take a road trip to enjoy the scenery. You can use sites such as Trail Link to find hiking trails in your area. With the crisp fall air and an open trail, this could be a great physical activity for the whole family!

Go to a festival!

For most communities, fall is the perfect time for festivals, fairs and parades. Most areas have fall festivals where you can shop local vendors, hear local performers, and enjoy the weather with your neighbors. If you prefer the thrill of theme park rides and the smell of deep-fried treats, check to see when your state fair comes to town. If you’re a fan of spectacle and show, you can check your city’s events calendar for information on upcoming parades. All the floats and performances make for a great outing, especially if you have younger children.

Take family photos!

Grab your kids and plan your matching outfits! Fall weather makes a picturesque background for family photos. You can make this fun for the whole family by challenging everyone to find the best location for your pictures. This is an opportunity to work with a local photographer who will be able to capture the essence of the scenery and your family. If you own a camera, you can also find out who’s the photographer of the family by having everyone take photos of each other. Be sure to take them early in the day since it gets dark early!

Fall is such a great season to spend quality time with the ones you love. For more ideas on outdoor activities, take a look at lists such as this one. Make it fun by seeing who can come up with the best idea! To keep your outdoor spaces mosquito, flea, and tick free during the fall, click here to find your local Mosquito Joe.

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2018 Customer Reviews

Mosquito control has continuously proven to be a service that everyone in the community can benefit from. At Mosquito Joe we combine our excellent treatments with unparalleled customer service to create an experience that’s easy, convenient, and most importantly effective. Here’s a look at some of the different kinds of satisfied customers that we service:

The Crowd-Pleasers

Entertaining guests is an activity many of our customers love. From hosting barbecues, neighborhood get-togethers, and outdoor parties, Mosquito Joe makes these events more enjoyable by guaranteeing an itch-free occasion.

 “Made our party wonderful in the midst of Louisiana summer heat.  Outside with no mosquito bites never happens for me and it did for my parents 50th anniversary party.  So lovely. I will use them every summer to keep mosquitoes away. I’m sold!”

 “Wonderful!  We normally cannot sit on our patio after 5pm unless we fog the perimeter.  Even then, we are only good for 4-5 hours.  Since our very first visit from Mosquito Joe, we can be out at all times of day or night.  It is amazing.  Even in the rain and after days of rain, we were not bothered by the bugs.  We thought our only option was a screened in patio.  Nope.  Open air for us. Its football season. TV is hung (outside) and “the patio is open”.  Game on plus cornhole, frisbee golf, can jam, cooking and eating outside! Thank-you Mosquito Joe. Wonderful staff as well.  Assistant is so kind and thorough when plotting the coverage area and love our Tech.  The owners are very involved as well and we appreciated a personal visit to check on our satisfaction with service.  Thanks!  I would and will recommend Mosquito Joe to everyone.”

 

 The Magnets

Mosquitoes suck for everyone, but believe it or not, some people have it worse than the rest. Along with the mosquito-borne illnesses that these pests can carry, simple mosquito bites can cause extreme allergic reactions and complications for some. Mosquito Joe prides itself on making outdoor spaces pleasant even for those most sensitive to mosquito bites.

“Mosquito Joe service has by far exceeded my expectations. I am that person who comes away from an outside get together with bites all over me, itching and miserable and it goes on for days. I have had about 5-6 bites this summer and all except 2 of them happened away from home. The two bites I have gotten on my own property have prompted me to call for an extra spraying which has taken care of the problem. The extra sprays were made promptly and efficiently. I plan to repeat the service next spring. LOVE YOU MOSQUITO JOE!!!”

 

 The Outdoor Enthusiasts

Enjoying outdoors is a major priority for all of our customers. Whether you like to spend quality time with grandkids, play with pets, or tend to a garden, our technicians make sure to thoroughly treat your outdoor spaces so that you can do what you love without swatting.

“We couldn’t even go outside to water our garden or flowers without getting bites…now after one service we can stay outside and do our gardening and lawn maintenance without any bug spray and no bites!”

“We can finally enjoy our yard again! Kids are playing and parents are gardening/building a deck without being attacked by swarms of mosquitoes. Love it. Difference was immediate. Checked out yard 1 hour after initial application and the mosquitoes were gone.”

 

The Skeptics

We realize that having an itch-free yard may seem impossible to some, but with Mosquito Joe your dreams of enjoying outdoors without bites can come true! Our technicians assess every yard to make sure that each problem area is taken care of.

“I had a severe infestation I got 18 bites just walking out in my yard to let the dog go potty. I saw the Mosquito Joe signs, and was skeptical but desperate. Since the first spray I haven’t been bitten once. Not ONE BITE. I Love Mosquito Joe I will Definitely recommend them to EVERYONE.”

 “Not gonna lie, I was a little bit skeptical about the services, thought was to good to be true, but after the first 2 applications I was sold and I was able to invest my yearly bug spray budget into more outdoor toys for my kids !!!”

 “I was skeptical about this service at first, but my backyard was literally mosquito free during even the peak times of dawn and dusk. Also, my dogs had literally no ticks on them these past few months. It’s well worth the cost for carefree time in the backyard with my family!!”

 

Spend more time outdoors and less time swatting. Click here to find a Mosquito Joe location near you!

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Meet a Joe: Josh Raulerson

*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!*

Josh comes to us from the sandy shores of Titusville, FL. Joining the corporate team in March as a graphic designer, Josh brings his passion for photography and visual arts to Mosquito Joe. His work has been used for print materials, social media, and even beer labeling! With his expertise, Josh has helped develop creative solutions and materials for the corporate staff as well as franchisees.

Here are some fun facts about Josh:

What led you to work for Mosquito Joe?

After my military career and college experience, I wanted to find a position that integrated structure and fun; a work-hard, play-hard mentality. Truth be told, I’m a structured kind of guy. I love organization and a well-developed plan, but I also like to have fun and take creative liberties that allow me grow as an artist and as a professional. Mosquito Joe has supported that lifestyle since day one.

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

My favorite part about being a Graphic Designer here at Mosquito Joe would have to be the satisfaction I get from being a part of something bigger than myself. This role has allowed me to become a valuable asset in a modern and competitive business environment.

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

As a professional, I think some of my biggest strengths include the willingness to learn, the desire to grow, and the determination to make it happen. I’m a doer! I consider myself to be a workhorse with no fear of doing what it takes to get the job done.

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

I believe that “Stop smacking yourself in the face” is my favorite tagline. The tagline is funny, effective, and fits right into the Mosquito Joe brand personality. It’s a powerful play on words connecting a mental thought and physical emotion with the reader. When you think mosquitoes, you think about smacking them to avoid the bite.

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

I think I would have to choose Chris Pratt as my character. He seems like a likeable person with a warm onscreen presence. I can relate to him being quirky, charming, and the comic relief. He can be serious when he needs to be, and his positive outlook on life is something we have in common.

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

My ultimate vacation doesn’t necessarily have to be a certain location. I see value in visiting any location around the world I’ve never seen. I did a good amount of travel from my time in the Navy and can honestly say at the end of the day I just appreciate a cold beer, a good time, and nice view… That is the long version of saying, I don’t know where I would go.

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

Most of my outdoor time can be spent at the beach, on a random hike/bike ride, or walking my dogs in my neighborhood. Because my profession customarily puts me at desk, I really try to spend as much time as I can outdoors. I love nature and all the wonderful things this planet has to offer, so I make it a part of my daily routine to step away from technology and go for a walk in the sun. I am also a freelance photographer, so it’s not uncommon to find me outdoors taking pictures of anything from local events to landscapes and wildlife.

How attracted are mosquitoes to you?

Not really sure how to answer that, but if you’re asking if I’m immune to mosquito bites, I’m not. They are terrible. They are a nuisance and can really kill the outdoor vibe.

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

  1. 4-6 inch fixed blade knife
  2. Fire Starter (Flint and Steel)
  3. Volleyball
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Volunteer Ideas for Kids

 

Most kids think of summer break as a time for sleeping in, cartoons and video games. This year, introduce a new tradition and encourage your kids to volunteer in their community! Volunteering is a great way for kids to give back, enjoy time outside, and give parents a much-needed break! Check out this list of volunteer ideas!

Donate

During the summer parents find out just how much stuff their kids have. It’s a good idea to encourage kids to donate any clothes, toys, and electronics they no longer use to local charities and donation centers. Great organizations such as the Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) and the Salvation Army accept donations all year long and even allow a tax break for parents! Donating things that you no longer need can be a great way to give to charity and declutter!

Work with your hands!

One of the biggest complaints parents have is that their kids spend too much time in front of a screen. Get your kids outside by having them volunteer for organizations like Habitat for Humanity which works to build affordable housing in communities across the country. Kids can also participate in local highway cleanups. We’ve all been taught that littering is bad, but the effect of the problem often isn’t recognized until seen up-close. By volunteering to remove litter, your kids can make the environment cleaner and a lot more beautiful! To make your community even more appealing, kids can volunteer to help local businesses and organizations with landscaping and beautifying efforts.

Mentoring

If you have older children, mentoring is a great way for them to volunteer. If they excel at a particular school subject, they can help tutor younger students. Organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club provide a lot of opportunities for teens to give back to their community. This organization provides a safe space for underserved children to get help with their schoolwork, take part in various activities that benefit their physical and mental development and build relationships with other children. Not only do these options give teens a way to help younger kids, they also look great on college applications.

In the Community

Other ways that your kids can volunteer this summer include working with organizations within the community. Visit your local animal shelters, food banks, or charity organizations to see how you can volunteer your time.

Get your kids excited about volunteering this summer! Once they’ve done a great job, reward them by spending quality time outdoors. Remember to give your local Mosquito Joe a call to rid your yard of pesky pests. For a list of outdoor activities you can enjoy with your kids, click here!

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Pet-Friendly Events During Lyme Disease Awareness Month

As the weather continues to get warmer, we’ve got some ideas for ways that you can enjoy time with your pets this spring! Not only do we want to ensure that your pets enjoy the outdoors, we also want to make sure they’re protected from pests that can transmit serious diseases such as Lyme Disease. The month of May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, when organizations work to raise awareness and educate people on the effects it can have on humans and the pets they love.

High Risk Areas

While ticks and Lyme disease can be found across the country, the majority of cases are in the Northeast of the United States and people that live in these states should take special precautions to prevent transmission:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Prevention

May is the perfect time to be proactive in your prevention efforts to ensure pets get to enjoy the outdoors pest-free. The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to do regular tick checks for children and pets after they come in from being outside. The Lyme Disease Association lists a number of ways that families can lower their exposure to ticks, so there’s no better time than now to take action.

We know that pets and their humans like to venture outside of their own yards, so here’s a list of pet-friendly events in various locations that you can take part in this spring!

  • Wags and Whiskers Pet Fest – Flower Mound, TX
  • FURever Fest – Marietta, GA
  • Barks & Bagels 2018 – Boston, MA
  • Petpalooza – Summerdale, SC
  • Spring Fling Walk – Medina, OH
  • Long Island Dog Festival – Oyster Bay, NY
  • To Do My Best 5k – Piqua, OH
  • Human and Canine Blood Drive – Mount Laurel, NJ
  • Memorial Weekend at Williamsburg KOA Campground – Williamsburg, VA
  • Yappy Hour – Grafton, MA
  • Five Dog Night – Aurora, CO
  • Bark Walk on NE 2 Ave + Flagler Drive – Fort Lauderdale, FL

For more events that the whole family can attend, pets included, click here!

Mosquito Joe provides barrier treatments to protect your outdoor spaces from mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. Call your local Mosquito Joe today to start your summer the right way by protecting your family and pets. We even offer an all-natural treatment option to treat your koi ponds and vegetable gardens.

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