Fun Activities for Fall

 

For many, fall means colder temperatures, pumpkin spiced treats, and of course, the changing of the leaves. Fall is the perfect time for you and your family to take advantage of various outdoor seasonal activities. Keep reading for different ways to enjoy one of the best times of the year. 

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Fall and pumpkins seem to go hand in hand. Take an opportunity to visit your local pumpkin patch! This is a great opportunity to learn how pumpkins are grown and to enjoy some locally-sourced pumpkin treats! You can also get an early start on your Halloween decorations by choosing pumpkins to carve with your family. Looking for ideas on how to carve your pumpkin? Check out Pinterest for fun and scary examples. If you think your pumpkin looks good enough to put on display, look for pumpkin carving contests in your area.

Take a hayride

During this time of year, hayrides are extremely popular as they’re a great way to enjoy the scenery in your area. Most hayrides take place on farms, giving you a first-hand view of the fall produce. If you’re a bit of a thrill seeker, there are many farms that offer haunted hayrides just in time for Halloween! 

Host a bonfire

Everyone can appreciate the slight chill that comes with fall weather. One of the best ways to enjoy it is to have a bonfire. There are a couple of steps to building a bonfire. First make sure bonfires are allowed in your local area. Next, select a safe area that is away from any buildings or structures. To build the bonfire, you’ll need stones or bricks to form the perimeter, sticks for kindling, and fuel. Once the fire has been built, you can set up blankets for seating, roast marshmallows, make s’mores, and sing your favorite campfire songs! Click here for more information on how to safely build bonfires!

Go hiking

 Another way to enjoy the fall colors is to see them up close. What better way than going on a hike? Not only is it an excuse to get out of the house, it’s also a great to stay active during the cooler months. Depending on your preferred level of difficulty, you can choose a trail with hills for a good workout, or one that allows for a more leisure walk. Before heading out, make sure to protect yourself and your family from ticks that can hide in wooded areas by wearing long sleeves and tick repellant.

Try out a fall recipe

With holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, fall is the perfect time to experiment with new recipes. Take advantage of fall produce such as cranberries, butternut squash and brussel sprouts. Your local farmer’s market will have a number of seasonal fruits and vegetables that you can incorporate into your fall menu. Impress your friends and family with this Harvest Pear-Blackberry Pie!

Fall can be a great time to enjoy the changes outdoors, but the cooler temperatures don’t mean that outdoor pests such as mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas are gone for good. Mosquitoes can thrive in temperatures above 50 degrees while ticks can continue to be active in temperatures above 45 degrees. Make sure to keep your outdoor spaces bite-free this fall by calling Mosquito Joe. Click here to find a location near you! 

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Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP)

 

At Mosquito Joe, we care about making your outdoor spaces something to be enjoyed. Whether you’re hosting a barbecue, having fun with the kids, or playing a game of fetch with Fido, outdoor pests such as mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas should be the least of your concerns. To show our commitment to improving the lives of our customers, we’re excited to announce our partnership with the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program.  Established by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1994, the program seeks to decrease the amount of risks associated with pest management in areas where people live, work and play. 

This partnership provides an opportunity to showcase the ways that Mosquito Joe seeks to protect the communities we serve. Keep reading to see some of the initiatives Mosquito Joe has in place!

Integrated Pest Management

The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program encourages members to use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to find innovative solutions to common pest management challenges. This approach to pest management takes into consideration the life cycle of pests as well as the environment. Mosquitoes go through four life stages; egg, larvae, pupae, and adult. Once fully matured, mosquitoes are able to breed and wreak havoc. While male mosquitoes can live up to 10 days, female mosquitoes can live as long as 6 weeks. In addition to eliminating mosquitoes on contact, our treatment schedules interrupt the life cycle of mosquito populations which make treatments more effective. We also offer an all-natural treatment that aligns with the goals of Integrated Pest Management. Applied every 14 days rather than 21, this treatment option is ideal for those that seek an alternative to synthetic products.  

Customer Education

A major aspect of our partnership with PESP is educating customers on the importance of mosquito, tick and flea control. While these pests are known as common nuisances, they can also pose a number of health risks. Vector-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease are frequently reported throughout the summer and fall months. Mosquito Joe makes customer education a top priority to ensure the communities we serve are made aware of reported cases of vector-borne illness in their local area. Sharing tips on how to maintain an itch-free backyard provides another level of protection for yourself, your family and your pets!

In addition to regularly sharing educational information, Mosquito Joe works to raise awareness about the prevalence of vector-borne illnesses abroad. Each year we partner with the Nothing but Nets foundation to provide treated bed nets to families in regions where malaria is prevalent such as Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. We’re proud to announce that Mosquito Joe has been able to raise over $67,000 and contribute over 6,700 bed nets to families in need. 

Mosquito Joe’s partnership with the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program demonstrates the pride we take in not only making outside fun again, but in working to improve the communities we serve. With our satisfaction guarantee, Mosquito Joe aims to provide an itch-free environment for our customers. Click here to find a Mosquito Joe location in your area and get on the schedule today!

For more information on the PESP program, click here to visit the official website.

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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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