How to Mosquito Proof Your Pool

Everyone wants to get away from the scorching heat of summer, and what better way than to take a dip in your pool? From Memorial Day to Labor Day, people of all ages take a dip to beat the heat. One of the not-so-fun things about pools opening are the mosquitoes that congregate around them. Don’t let mosquitoes turn your leisurely swim into a swat fest – use these tips for how to proof your swimming pool to keep mosquitoes away.

1. Cover Your Pool When Not In Use

Pool areas are the pride and joy of many homeowners. As beautiful as they can be to look at, it’s important to keep your pool covered when not in use. There are several types of pool covers you can purchase, each with their own set of benefits. These include standard winter covers, security covers, and automatic covers. The primary goal of a cover is to make sure your pool is protected from sunlight and any kind of debris. Most covers last a number of years before needing repair or replacement. To ensure protection from pests such as mosquitoes, make sure your cover doesn’t have any tears or rips that may make it easier for mosquitoes to access.

2. Empty Any Standing Water That May Collect In The Area

Standing water can be found in most areas surrounding pools. Because mosquitoes prefer warm, wet environments, this makes these areas perfect breeding grounds. Female mosquitoes only need a bottlecap full of water to lay eggs. When you think of the amount of water around backyard pools, it’s no wonder why they’re hot spots for mosquitoes! Water toys can make pool time even more enjoyable for kids. They can also become breeding areas for mosquitoes if left unattended, as they can collect water. Storing all pool equipment and toys indoors, can help decrease the amount of standing water that mosquitoes can use to multiply and wreak havoc.

3. Perform Regular Maintenance On Pools And Equipment

Having a pool in your backyard can make your home a favorite among friends and family, but it’s important to keep it in optimal condition. Regular pool maintenance can keep your pool safe for summer fun and help keep away pesky mosquitoes. Keep this checklist in mind before opening your pool for use:

  • Make sure your pool water is balanced and remove any contaminants that are present.
  • Repair any damage to the lining of your pool.
  • Ensure your filtration system is working correctly.
  • Clear out any obstructions from your pool skimmers.

Once you’ve completed everything on the list, your pool is ready for summer fun! It’s a good idea to create a regular maintenance schedule to ensure that your pool area is safe for the entire season.

Swimming can be a highlight of the summer, so don’t let those pesky mosquitoes interrupt your fun! Our barrier treatments ensure your pool areas are bite-free from sunup to sundown. The fun doesn’t have to end at your yard. Take advantage of our Share the MoJo program to refer Mosquito Joe to your family, friends, and neighbors who would also benefit from an itch-free summer. To find a Mosquito Joe in your area click here!

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Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites

Some of the most exciting moments of the summer occur outdoors. Between sports, backyard barbecues, and sunbathing, there’s never a shortage of things to do! One of the most annoying things about enjoying the outdoors are mosquito bites. Who wants to spend the first few innings of their baseball game swatting? And nothing ruins an outdoor wedding like taking your eyes away from the bride and groom to relieve the itch from a bite. We know how awful mosquito bites can be, so here’s some information on how you and your family can ditch the itch this summer.

Why do mosquito bites itch so much?

Mosquito bites appear when a female mosquito draws blood from a host. (Fun fact: Only female mosquitoes bite!) These bites can appear as small read bumps on the skin or as larger swollen areas. When mosquitoes draw blood, a protein is released into the blood system, causing general irritation of the skin and of course, itching.

We all know the automatic reaction to a mosquito bite is to scratch, however, this can lead to further irritation as scratching can damage the skin and lead to infection. So, what can you do? Here are some DIY remedies you can use:

One of the simplest ways to alleviate the itch of a mosquito bite is to apply a cold compress to the affected area. A small bag of ice can help reduce swelling and redness as well as temporarily soothe any itching. If you don’t have ice, a bag of frozen peas is a great alternative. Don’t worry, we’re not judging!

If you frequently get sunburned, you likely have the next ingredient in your cabinet. Aloe vera is a great, natural anti-septic that can help ease the pain of mosquito bites. You can use aloe vera gel which is available in most supermarkets or, you can get an aloe vera plant and scoop out the fresh gel. Another method is to remove the gel from the plant, blend until it reaches a smooth consistency, pour into an ice tray, and freeze. This makes for an easy application with less mess and a satisfying cooling sensation.

Another remedy that you may have at home is honey. While it’s most famous for being a natural sweetener, honey also has a number of antibiotic properties that can help combat irritation from mosquito bites. Using this ingredient, you can get rid of the itch fast and protect the area from infection.

Typically used in skincare, witch hazel is another household item that can be beneficial for fighting the itch of mosquito bites. Because it is an astringent, witch hazel helps lessen the irritation at the location of the bite.

Using essential oils to treat mosquito bites is a trendier solution. Natural oils such as lavender and tea tree oil help take out the sting and unpleasantness of mosquito bites, not to mention the added benefit of making you smell amazing. Be mindful when using essential oils, as a little goes a long way! You only need a drop or two diluted with a carrier oil (such as jojoba or coconut) or water to do the trick. Using too much can result in further skin irritation. To make this solution a little more convenient, you can create your own essential oil roller!

The most common ways to combat mosquito bites are applying common over-the-counter items such as hydrocortisone or calamine lotion. Both of these medicated creams help to relieve itchiness on contact and provide relief almost instantly.

The best way to protect yourself from mosquito bites is to make sure that your outdoor spaces have been treated by Mosquito Joe! Don’t let mosquito bites ruin your summer. Call Mosquito Joe today to ensure that you can enjoy your backyard without worrying about bites from mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.

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Meet a Joe: Amy Yemm

*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!*

 

Joining us all the way from Arizona, we’d like to introduce Amy Yemm, unofficially known as “Postal Joe.” Amy is the Director of Mailer Programs at Mosquito Joe. Aside from being responsible for millions of pieces of mail each year – you read that correctly, millions of pieces of mail – Amy is a DIY queen and an expert in Excel.

 

Here are some fun facts about Amy:

 

What led you to work for Mosquito Joe?

When my previous company restructured and eliminated my specific job, I was looking for a place to work where I could lend my project management skills.

 

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

There’s never a dull day, always something new to learn and I get to help owners grow their businesses.

 

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

Organization, attention to detail, project management and a little Excel sprinkled on top!

 

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why? 

Did you mean to donate blood on the way to the mail box?

 

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

Julia Roberts, she has experienced a lot in life and uses it to her advantage.

 

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

A voyage on the new Titanic. Without the iceberg, of course.

 

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

My family and I love to swim in our back yard, and we can often be found at Busch Gardens throughout the summer.

 

How attracted are mosquitoes to you? 

Fortunately, not very!

 

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

I’m an extremely practical person so I would bring a satellite phone, a spear and a big ole’box of matches!

 

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National Day of Unplugging

 

With constant emails, social media updates, and staying in touch with our friends and family, many of us are attached to our phones. The average person spends about four hours a day scrolling! Imagine how much you could be missing out on! National Day of Unplugging is March 1st and 2nd and the perfect opportunity to put your phone down and enjoy the world around you! Here are a number of ways to give your eyes and thumbs a much-deserved break:

Get Fit!

This is the perfect time to start on some of the fitness goals you made at the beginning of the year. Was your New Years Resolution to hit the gym? Ditch your phone, lace up your sneakers and get moving! Find trails in your community that will get your heart rate up, build your endurance and give you a chance to take in the local scenery. Looking for something to do with the whole family? Make your backyard a sanctuary for yoga! Use this method of exercise as a way to practice mindfulness, meditate, and relax.

Volunteer!

One of the best ways to engage with people in your community offline is to volunteer! Check out your community websites to find non-profits in your area that could use a helping hand or two. Help beautify your neighborhood by volunteering to pick up litter. Don’t forget to bring along the kids! This is the perfect opportunity to teach them the importance of keeping the environment clean. If you love pets, try volunteering at your local animal shelter. You may even go home with a new furry friend!

Start a garden!

Nothing says spring like fresh fruits and vegetables. If you want to try your hand at gardening, try planting different types of vegetables or legumes. Beans, tomatoes, and peppers are some of the easiest to begin with. Don’t have a green thumb? Try starting an herb garden. These typically take up less space in your yard and require much less maintenance than flowers and produce. Once your produce is ripe for picking, use it to bring your recipes to life!

Visit a museum!

If you’re looking to do a bit of learning while your phone is powered down, visit your local museum! Depending on your location, you can typically find a number of different types of museums. Attend an art exhibit to find out more about local artists, learn cool facts that are specific to your area, or find a museum that gives you a chance to interact with the exhibits such as those that specialize in exploring life and sciences.

All of these ideas are great ways for you and your family to explore the world around you. Consider taking one day out of each month to unplug and see what creative activities you can come up with! For more information on how you can enjoy your outdoor spaces without the hassle of mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, call your local Joe today!

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Meet A Joe: Thomas Bartolomeo

*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!*

Thomas is one of the few Mosquito Joe Corporate team members that is originally from the Hampton Roads area. With his hard work and dedication, this homegrown Joe has been able to assist numerous franchisees across the country in realizing their goal of becoming business owners.

Here are some fun facts about Thomas:

What led you to work for Mosquito Joe?

A former coworker took a position with Mosquito Joe and raved about the company culture and values. When I was looking to make a career change it was one of the first places I looked at and jumped at the opportunity.

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

Working with franchisees is incredibly rewarding. For many franchisees Mosquito Joe is the realization of a dream of owning their own business and being their own boss. To play a part in helping them achieve their goals is awesome.

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

I really enjoy working on projects. I’ve been able to add value to projects such as our annual Convention, new office site selection, and vendor integration.

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

Stop smacking yourself in the face. It’s even on the back of my business cards! I think it does a great job of integrating the service we provide and the fun nature of our brand.

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

Chris Pratt. We look nothing alike but he just seems like someone you’d want to hang out with. If it’s a biopic about my life, he’d definitely want to meet me before taking the part and that can mark the start of our friendship.

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

I would like to go island hopping in the South Pacific, places like Vanuatu and Palau. I’ve always wanted to compete on Survivor, so in addition to spending time on beautiful beaches, this will help me acclimate to the climate and give me a leg up on the competition.

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

I really enjoy hiking. Unfortunately, I don’t get to do enough of it since the terrain in Virginia Beach isn’t really fit for it. I’ve made some trips to western Virginia and even as far south as Georgia to hike some really superb trails. It’s also great bonding time with my miniature dachshund Otto. People are always surprised that he can cover those distances with his short legs but I tire out quicker than him!

How attracted are mosquitoes to you?

Have you ever seen a Chick-Fil-A drive-through during the lunch rush? That’s how mosquitoes line up the second I step outside in the summer.

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

Some sort of water purification device, a volleyball named Wilson, and my hair products so I can look fresh when the rescue ship arrives.

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