How to Plan Successful Backyard Camping

 
Camping in your backyard can be a delightful activity – as long as everything goes right. However, if you end up with late-night surprises, sunburns, and bugs, there’s a good chance that the family won’t want to do it again. That is why it is so important to plan carefully to make your next backyard camping outing a great experience for everyone.  

In this article, we have laid out a few things that should go into planning backyard camping. By preparing yourself for every eventuality, you can make sure everyone has fun and that it will be an outing to remember. 

Check the Weather Forecast  

No matter what time of year it is, the weather can change quickly. Make sure you know what the weather forecast is so you can plan for the right time to set up your backyard camping outing. If you don’t check the weather in advance you could wind up soaked, which is not a great way to spend your first backyard camping trip. Checking the weather forecast in advance will also keep all your camping gear safe and in good condition for the next time you use it. 

Turn Off Automatic Sprinklers  

If you have automatic sprinklers, make sure you turn them off before setting up your tent on the lawn. Automatic sprinklers are one of those things that people tend to get used to and forget to turn off when they should. The last thing you want is to wake up soaking wet because you didn’t turn off the sprinkler cycle.  

Consider Your Pets 

If you have a dog, most likely the dog will want to sleep outside with you and the family. This can be fun for the kids and the dog alike, and can really bring out a sense of togetherness. A cat, on the other hand, will probably want to stay inside for the night. Make sure the cat has everything it needs for the evening before bedding down so you don’t wake up to midnight meows at the back door.  

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Sunscreen  

If you’re going to be spending the afternoon out in the yard doing fun activities like frisbee or badminton, make sure that everyone wears sunscreen. A painful and itchy sunburn will put a damper on any camping outing and lessen the likelihood that the kids will want to do it again. Plus, sunscreen is essential for staying safe and healthy out in the sun.  

Bug-Free Campsite  

Before setting up your backyard campsite, take a look around and remove any standing water or leaf debris. Damp or wet areas can become a haven for mosquitoes and other pests, which can be a real downer when it comes to a fun camping experience. It’s a good idea to keep some insect repellent on hand just in case and avoid wearing dark colors. Mosquitoes are less attracted to whites and khakis since they have a harder time seeing them.  

Get a Mosquito Barrier Spray 

One of the best ways to keep your backyard camping trip free of mosquitoes and other pests is to get barrier spray treatments. The professional technicians at Mosquito Joe can treat the perimeter of your home with a safe, long-lasting aerosol that will help keep your backyard camping outing comfortable and fun.  

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How to Reduce Bugs in Your Yard After Heavy Rain

 
After a heavy rain, you might notice more bugs in your yard than usual. These uninvited pests make it less likely that you will enjoy your backyard during rainy months. Dealing with bugs can also make it more difficult to keep the vegetation in your yard trimmed and pruned the way you like it to be.  

Although periods of extremely wet weather can create an ideal habitat for a variety of insects. There are some steps you can take to make sure that bugs and other pests don’t flock to your yard and make it their permanent home after a heavy amount of rain. In this article, we have laid out some things you can do to help reduce the number of insects that take up residence in your backyard after heavy rain. 

Reduce Standing Water 

Mosquitoes, gnats, and other insects are drawn to standing water. Stagnant water that has had a chance to grow bacteria and fungus is ideal habitat and breeding ground for these pests. What is more, insect eggs are commonly found in standing water, which makes getting rid of them a great way to reduce the number of bugs in your yard.  

There are many ways that you can reduce standing water. For example, drill holes in the bottom of buckets and planters so that water has a place to drain out. You can also make a game out of eliminating standing water when your grandkids visit by encouraging them to play a round of Puddle Hunt. This is a good way to ensure that all the places water can get trapped in your yard will be taken care of.  

Clean Your Gutters  

Your gutters are another place where standing water can collect and turn into an insect nest. Your gutters can also fill with debris like twigs, leaves, and dirt, which turn into bacteria and food for certain types of pests. To prevent bugs after heavy rain, make sure that your gutters are cleaned out at least once a year. Doing so regularly – and before the rainy season start – can help prevent insects from thriving and breeding in your yard.  

Keep Your Trash Cans Dry 

When trash cans get wet, they can not only hold standing water, they can also turn into perfect food sources for insects. Moisture promotes the growth of the bacteria and molds that many pests need to survive. Unfortunately, your trash cans are a perfect environment. To make sure your trash cans don’t become a breeding ground for insects, keep your cans covered or in a protected area when it rains. 

Do You Have a Tire Swing?  

The bottom of a tire swing is a perfect place for water to collect and become stagnant. Mosquitoes in particular love these areas and will settle in there after heavy rain. To keep the mosquitoes away, drill some holes in the bottom of your tire swing to promote better drainage. 

Keep Your Lawn and Shrubs Short  

Vegetation that has been allowed to grow too much is a great hiding place for rodents and other wildlife. It will also drop more debris than usual in your gutters and on your lawn, which can attract all kinds of pests. But you can do a lot to prevent this from happening. Keep your bushes, lawn, and the surrounding vegetation pruned and cut back year-round so you won’t end up with more pests after it rains.  

What About Mosquito Repellant Plants? 

While they might seem like a good idea, most mosquito repellant plants don’t work. Many plants that are thought to deter mosquitoes with their scent don’t release enough of it into the surrounding air to be truly effective. However, that doesn’t mean they won’t be pleasant to have in your yard or garden.  

Get a Barrier Spray 

One of the best things you can do to prevent bugs in your yard after heavy rain is to have a professional like, Mosquito Joe do a barrier spray. A barrier spray is an aerosol treatment that is applied to the shrubs and vegetation around your yard to help keep bugs away. Mosquito Joe can treat your yard with a safe and effective barrier spray that will eliminate bugs and reduce the number of pests in your yard for weeks at a time. With a little help from the pros, you can keep your outdoor space healthy and comfortable all year long. Contact us today! 

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How to Make Giant Soap Bubbles for Safe Backyard Fun

 
When it comes to wholesome, fun activities, blowing bubbles in the park or the backyard can’t be beat. There is something timeless and magical about this activity, and kids and dogs alike are always up for it. Just like a backyard water parktire swing, or pool, this is something that will keep the kids outside and off the couch when the weather gets nice.  

Giant soap bubbles are even more exciting and are sure to keep kids occupied. However, you might be worried about whether these giant bubbles are safe. With so many different ingredients in soap, and kids’ preoccupation with putting things in their mouths, it can be difficult to know whether making giant soap bubbles is a safe activity.  

In this article, we have laid out some of the safety considerations for making giant soap bubbles. We have also provided a way you can make DIY soap bubbles so you can be sure everyone is safe while enjoying this classic outdoor activity.  

Start with Safety

The first thing to think about when considering giant soap bubbles is whether the solution is safe. Kids love to put things in their mouths, even things that they shouldn’t, and dogs will often eat whatever they can find. For this reason, it is important to know what is in your soap bubble solution. This way, you can be certain that everyone will have a good time without making themselves sick in the process.  

Most soap bubbles are made from standard dish soap and water. While dish soap usually isn’t toxic, it can contain chemicals like parabens, chlorine, and sulfates. These compounds should not be eaten and should always be kept out of the eyes, which can be a challenge. 

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Make a Kid and Pet Safe Solution

Instead of using standard dish soap, try making your own, kid-friendly bubble solution. To ensure that your bubbles are safe for kids and pets, lower the amount of dish soap used in your solution. This recipe is a great alternative to the heavily-concentrated solution that is more common:  

  • 6 cups of water 
  • ½ cup of corn starch 
  • ½ cup natural dish detergent  
  • 1 tbsp baking powder 
  • 1 tbsp glycerine  

To make the soap bubble solution, simply dissolve the cornstarch into the water and stir it. Then, mix in the rest of the ingredients and stir vigorously without making a froth. After everything has been mixed together, let it sit for at least an hour. Diluting the solution in this way ensures it is kid and pet safe. You won’t have to worry about them getting sick or the bubbles irritating their eyes.  

Make the Wand

One of the most important pieces of equipment for making giant soap bubbles is the wand. Luckily, you do not need anything special to make it and it doesn’t have to be perfect. The cornstarch will hold your bubble solution together well enough that you can make bubbles with practically anything.  

For example, you can create a wand by running some yarn through two straws and looping it together to create handles and a large, rectangular ring. This will allow for an ample amount of bubble solution on the wand, which should create some large bubbles.  

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Prep Your Backyard for Fun

Before you set the kids free with their bubble solution and wand, you should be sure to get your backyard prepared. Make sure that there is sufficient shade and hydration for the kids and pets to keep cool. If you want to get the kids involved in helping to reduce the number of mosquitoes in your backyard, try a game of Puddle Hunt. To keep the fun in all your outdoor activities, call Mosquito Joe.
 

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Make Your Back Porch Inviting to Your Grandkids

 
When the grandkids come over, it can be difficult to get them off the couch and onto the back porch, no matter how nice you’ve made it. The truth is, most kids are content to sit inside and play on their devices if that’s what they’re used to doing at home. If you’re going to get them to come out and enjoy the sunshine in the backyard, you’re going to have to make some adjustments to your back porch setup.  

In this article, we have laid out some suggestions for getting the grandkids excited about the back patio. Odds are, by making just a few changes you can make your backyard as comfortable for them as the living room. Plus, you can get the most out of your patio furniture whenever they come by.  

Get Kid-Approved Furniture 

Most patio furniture is designed to be used by adults in a much more grown-up setting. Because of this, kids just aren’t going to be as comfortable using it as they would be in a living room or family room. One of the things you can do to get the grandkids excited about sitting outside is bring in some more comfortable, kid-friendly furniture.  

Have your grandkids help you pick out some new pieces for your back patio. Kids like furniture that has movement, like porch swings and hammocks, so bringing some of those into the mix can make all the difference. They will also feel more inclined to use furniture that they have picked out themselves.  

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Extend Your WiFi Coverage  

Even though the outdoors is beautiful, and your backyard may be perfectly landscaped, the truth is that it’s hard to compete with all the entertainment options available to kids these days. Your grandchildren may simply be more inclined to sit in the living room because that’s where the internet is.  

If that’s the case, extending your WiFi coverage to the backyard could work wonders for getting them outside. There are all kinds of WiFi extenders available on the market that can help you get better coverage in your backyard. That way, the grandkids can still enjoy their devices without being stuck indoors.  

Outdoor Snacks Only 

No matter what age they are, kids like making a mess. Try offering them some messier snacks that can only be eaten outdoors to entice them to bring the fun out on the back porch. Many snacks that are associated with warm weather are also meant to be eaten outside, so this could be a great way to get the kids excited about getting off the couch. Corn on the cob, watermelon, and s’mores are perfect warm-weather snacks that would be a huge mess if they were eaten inside. Kids love these foods, and they are a great way to offer some incentive to come outside. 

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Venus Fly Trap and Other Plants 

While your backyard may be beautiful, it might not be very exciting to a kid. Try getting some interesting plants like Venus flytraps or tomato plants. These plants can help get your grandkids interested in what is going on in nature and experience the beauty of it right in your backyard. Many plants can also keep away pests like mosquitoes and gnats, which will help make the back porch more comfortable.  

Keep the Bugs Out 

One of the best ways to keep your back porch comfortable is to keep pests away. Mosquitoes and gnats can be irritating for people of any age. That is why getting rid of them should be one of your first steps towards getting your backyard ready for the grandkids. Mosquito Joe offers natural pest treatments that are safe for kids and pets and can help make your backyard a place your grandchildren will want to be when they come over to visit. 

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How to Create Your Own Backyard Waterpark That’s Used Frequently

When the summer months come around, one of the things everyone looks for is a way to get the kids out of the house. Prying your family away from screens when the sun is shining and the backyard is open for business can be a chore. But with the promise of some wet and wild excitement, you can get them off the couch and outside. If you don’t have a pool, don’t worry, because there are plenty of ways to use water to create some summer fun and some great memories.  

In this article, we will give you some ideas on how to create your own backyard water park that can keep the kids entertained all summer. By using some of these ideas, you can keep everyone out of the house and enjoying themselves while getting some good use out of your backyard. You can even get the dog in on it! 

Safety First 

The number one thing you want to consider with a backyard water park is safety. First, make sure there are no objects or uneven spots on the lawn that the kids can trip over or hit their head-on. If you’re going to set up a slip and slide, be sure to keep it as far away from the fence as possible, and always make sure you’re supervising the kids when they’re playing. Nothing ruins a fun day in the backyard like an injury.  

Plan Your Stations  

There are so many water activities you can set up for your backyard water park. Slip and slides, water guns, and balloon-filling areas are excellent additions that are sure to keep the kids entertained all afternoon. However, instead of throwing everything out on the lawn and telling them to go for it, set up stations and plan out which activities will happen at each one. Kids respond well to structure and some rules. This will also give your backyard water park a more official feel.  

Remember a Rest Station 

While it’s always great for the kids to go out and get some exercise, have a place for them to rest as well. A shady spot with comfortable places to rest and lots of drinking water is an important part of making sure that no one gets overheated from the excitement.  

Get the Neighbor Kids Involved 

Summer is all about getting together with friends. To make your backyard waterpark even more fun invite some of the neighbor kids over and get them involved as well. This will make it more likely that your kids consistently use the backyard water park. You might even get a break from supervising if other parents come over to help, too.  

Don’t Forget Fido  

Dogs love playing in the water just as much as kids do. Set up a rotating sprinkler head for the dog to play in and invite some of the neighbor dogs over to play along with the kids. Just like you did for the humans, make sure there is a shady spot for the dogs to relax in and get some water. They can get overwhelmed and overheated, too.  

Remove Standing Water 

One of the most important things you can do with your backyard water park is cover it up or clear any standing water when the kids are done for the day. Mosquitoes and other pests love to lay eggs in still water. If you leave standing water in your yard, your backyard water park could end up being a perfect habitat for them. At the end of the day, you could even get everyone to play a game of puddle hunt to make sure everything has been cleared before coming inside for the evening.  

If the kids are too tired to play another game after a full day at your backyard park, make sure you address any standing water. Use a broom to disperse any water that may have accumulated in certain areas of the backyard and cover any other water that you plan to use again the following day, like a small pool.  

What About Bugs? 

While the puddle hunt game and other methods are a great way to clear out any standing water and help eliminate mosquitoes, to really make the outdoors fun again, call the professionals at Mosquito Joe. Our experienced technicians will get your backyard ready for summer fun by getting rid of potential breeding grounds for pests like mosquitoes, spiders, ticks, and fleas. Creating a backyard waterpark can lead to a lot of fun and some great memories for you and your kids. 

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