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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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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Don’t Cancel Your Mosquito Control Service Too Early!

 

Although the weather is warm and the sun is shining, fall is just around the corner. Summer months coming to an end does not necessarily mean we’re saying goodbye to warmer temperatures, or those mosquitoes, just yet. Canceling your mosquito control service might be on the top of your to-do list since cooler months are ahead and kids are back in school, but don’t let dropping temperatures trick you into ending your mosquito control service early! It’s important to continue with your barrier spray treatments so you can maintain a protected outdoor area for you and your family. After all, the air will be cooler and the humidity will subside; making it the perfect time of year to sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine or watch the kids play in the backyard after school. We wanted to share some information around the importance of completing the full season of barrier spray treatments before you consider canceling service.

If fall is quickly approaching, why continue service?

The last few sprays are some of the most important for a couple of reasons. Mosquitoes can be tricky creatures. They lay eggs, hibernate, and can survive some pretty frigid temperatures. The only things necessary in order for eggs to hatch are water and temperatures consistently above 50 degrees. This means mosquitoes may be continually living and breeding in your yard all year long. If you end your season early, female mosquitoes will have a chance to not only make your yard a home, but also to lay more eggs before the first freeze. Up to 300 eggs at a time to be exact! It is absolutely vital that our technicians get rid of those mosquitoes and mosquito larvae, by treating unavoidable areas of standing water which will keep your yard winterized. This will also keep ticks and fleas at bay.

It’s important to continue your barrier spray treatment as long as possible so you can continue to enjoy your yard as long as possible and ensure an itch-free start to 2019. If you have any questions about your season, contact your local Mosquito Joe, and they’ll be happy to explain the process to you.

Fall sports or events coming up? We’ve got you covered.

We offer commercial and special event sprays which could be great for fall sports and events. If your kiddos play football or soccer and you’d like an itch-free playing field, don’t hesitate to give us a call this fall! Because let’s face it, there is nothing worse than trying to cheer on your kids and enjoy a good game of ball while swatting away those pesky mosquitoes. We’d love to continue to partner with local sports leagues in our communities and ensure everyone’s eye is on the ball, not their ankles. Have an outside wedding or birthday party on the horizon? We can help keep mosquitoes off of your guest list so you can enjoy that special time together with family and friends. Call your local Mosquito Joe for more details!

Don’t let those mosquitoes trick you into ending service early or overlooking any commercials or special event sprays that may be necessary. You’ll thank us later!

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Celebrate National Eat Outside Day!

 

While summer might be winding down, there are still many ways to enjoy the warm weather.  August 31, 2018 is National Eat Outside Day! Here at Mosquito Joe we love any excuse to get outdoors, so we wanted to share some of our favorite recipes so you and your family can celebrate the holiday.

Burgers and Hot Dogs – All-American burgers and hot dogs are always a crowd-pleaser. Create variety in your spread with different types of cheese, toppings and condiments. Stick with a classic burger or spice things up with a Chipotle Turkey Burger. Try these bacon-wrapped hot dogs for a twist on an old favorite.

Kabobs – Get your protein and veggies all in one! These are fun to personalize and are easy for kids to assemble. Whether it’s Hawaiian Kabobs with shrimp, pineapple and bacon or Cowboy Kabobs with beef, red bell peppers and onions, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Grilled Chicken – Marinated chicken breasts, thighs, wings and drumsticks are grilling staples. BBQ chicken packs a tangy, smoky punch while buffalo chicken wings brings the heat. A great vegetarian option is a grilled cauliflower steak.

Fish Tacos – For a taste of Mexico no matter where you are in the United States, give these fish tacos topped with mango salsa a try! Cilantro lime rice and beans are the perfect side dish for the sweet and savory tacos.

Of course you’ll need something to wash all of these yummy dishes down. Watermelon lemonade is a fruity spin on a classic beverage. Sweet tea is another great option for a refreshing drink.

Don’t forget about dessert! Popsicles or a summer berry cobbler are perfect summertime sweets. For a fun, interactive dessert, try homemade no-churn ice cream! All it takes is a couple ingredients, rock salt and two zip-top bags. Kids will love being able to watch the magic (science!) behind this treat.

National Eat Outside Day isn’t just for to humans! With all of these great dishes for you and your family, your furry friend might get jealous. Whip up a batch of homemade dog treats that will get your pet’s tail wagging.

If cooking isn’t your thing, don’t worry – order takeout! Call your favorite pizzeria, Chinese restaurant or sandwich shop and have a picnic outside.

Turn your family cookout into a giant barbecue for friends and neighbors. Asking everyone to bring a side dish ensures that there is plenty to eat and you can enjoy the outdoors instead of being stuck in the kitchen. Mosquito Joe believes the only thing better than sharing yummy food is to Share the MoJo! When you refer someone you know for a Mosquito Joe treatment, that means $25 off for you and your friend. It’s easy as pie!

With all these delicious dishes, make sure that the only thing getting bitten into is your dinner. Give your local Mosquito Joe a call to schedule your treatment for an itch-free yard. Don’t let mosquitoes and ticks make a meal out of you this National Eat Outside Day!

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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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