Memorial Day BBQ Tips

We are really looking forward to Memorial Day this year, and we’re sure you are too. This past winter was rough for a lot of people. Blizzards blanketed parts of the country in feet of snow for weeks and freak storms kept schools and businesses closed for just as long. But Memorial Day is a chance to forget about all of our winter troubles and celebrate the coming of summer!

Memorial Day celebrations range from family to family, but many of them include a barbecue, games, and patriotic decoration of some kind. Since we are here to make outside fun again, we want to make sure your Memorial Day goes off without a hitch by providing some simple tips and DIY ideas.

PREPARE BEFOREHAND

We’ve all been there…you’re throwing a party and you forget something major, causing you or a friend to have to run out at the very last minute and panic shop trying to find what it is you need. Avoid that hassle by preparing and making sure to have all the necessities before a single guest arrives at your house.

Perhaps the most important thing to have ready is the grill. Make sure to have all the propane and/or charcoal you need to keep the grill burning as long as necessary. Clean the grill beforehand as well, so you can start with a clean slate. If you are a grilling novice, maybe try it out a few times before the party to make sure you understand the best ways to use it and how long it will take to get things ready.

KEEP THE MENU SIMPLE

An easy way to complicate your day is to try to do too much with the food. Keep it simple with hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken. Keep some veggie burgers on hand as well in case there are any vegetarians in attendance.

Since you are sticking to the basics, one way to kick things up a notch is to have an over the top condiment station. Cheeses, guacamole, hot sauces, pickles, onions, BBQ sauces, and salsa are just a few options to include.

Try things like fruit skewers, pasta salad, and baked beans for the sides, which require minimal time and preparation. If you want to take it a step further, you could make it a potluck and ask guests to provide the sides and the desserts. It would take a lot off your plate (no pun intended) and allow people to help the host out in their own way.

DON’T FORGET THE DÉCOR AND ENTERTAINMENT

Use patriotic plates, napkins, and tablecloths to easily decorate your party. If you have kids, use craft time before the party to make things like pinwheels, painted stars on the lawn, wreaths, mason jar decorations, and more! A simple search on Pinterest will turn up hundreds of ideas.

Whether your party is for kids or not, lawn games are a great way to entertain your guests and keep the party going after the BBQ is over. Games like cornhole and Can Jam are classics, but might require some prep beforehand if you don’t already have the materials. If the weather permits, a water balloon toss would be great for the kids as would things like Twister, horseshoes, and a three-legged race.

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As much fun as Memorial Day is, it’s important to remember the reason we have this day off to spend with friends and family. No words can every properly express our thanks to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to serve this country. We can only hope that the way we celebrate this day and the way we live every day can serve as a testament to our gratitude.

From all of us at Mosquito Joe, have a safe and happy Memorial Day! If you are hosting an outdoor party and want to protect your guests from mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, call your local Mosquito Joe today to get on the schedule!

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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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April: Heartworm Awareness Month

Spring is upon us which means more barbecues, relaxing by the pool, and playing outside!  Making outdoor spaces enjoyable for the whole family is a high priority for us at Mosquito Joe, even for our friends with four legs.  April is Heartworm Awareness Month, something that affects a large number of families’ pets each year.

What Are They?

Heartworms are a parasite that can live in the major organs of an animal’s body such as the heart, lungs, and connected vessels.  Pets can contract heartworms after being bitten by infected mosquitoes.

Risk Areas

While heartworms are an issue in much of the United States, the highest reported cases are in the southeast, especially Gulf Coast areas.  This is due to a number of factors: warmer climates that make transmission from mosquitoes much easier and the number of wildlife carriers in the area.

Prevention

One way to protect your pets is to get them tested regularly and to follow a veterinarian’s recommendation and have a prevention regimen in place.  The American Heartworm Society recommends getting puppies aged 7 months and older tested for heartworms every 12 months and taking preventative medication once a month.  Although cats are less likely to contract heartworms as they are atypical hosts, it is important to have cats tested regularly for early detection.

Our barrier-treatment sprays can be an added layer of defense as they provide relief and protection from mosquitoes for 21 days.  With a regular schedule of treatments, especially during the peak mosquito season, you can keep your family and pets protected from mosquitoes and the health risks they carry.

You can also lower the mosquito population near your home by:

  • Emptying standing water sources. Tires, puddles, bird baths, even children’s toys can be prime breeding ground for mosquitoes
  • Cleaning gutters regularly
  • Cut grass and shrubs short
  • Drill holes in tires swings, trash cans or recycle bins so water drains out
  • Repair leaky outdoor faucets
  • Make sure your lawn is weed free and avoid overgrown vegetation

Once you’ve had a visit from your local Joe and have a mosquito-free yard, it’s time to enjoy it!  That goes for your four legged family members too, so here’s a list of fun games to play outside with your dog! You probably have some of these items already laying around the house or garage, so head outside for more wagging and less swatting.

For a Mosquito Joe location in your area or more information on the services we offer, click here.  To find more information on heartworms, visit the American Heartworm Society.

 

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Preparing Your Yard for Spring…and Mosquitoes

Spring is in the air, and so are the mosquitoes. As temperatures begin to warm up and you start to transition your wardrobe from fuzzy sweaters to raincoats, we want to make sure you’ve got some helpful tips for preparing your yard for some outdoor (itch-free) fun with your friends and family. Once temperatures stay consistently above 50 degrees we’ll begin to see some increased mosquito activity. Who would’ve thought that preparing your yard for the spring season could also prepare you for the arrival of mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water, so it’s best to empty bird baths, ponds, planters, toys or anywhere else water may gather. Drilling holes in tire swings, trash cans and recycle bins allows water to drain out easily. Repair any leaky outdoor faucets to avoid water pooling underneath them. Finally, keep your grass and shrubs cut short. Mosquitoes are shrub hoppers and gather to rest in shady, cool areas which is why it’s best to keep your yard weed free and avoid any overgrown vegetation.

With over 3,500 species of mosquitoes out there laying 100-300 eggs at a time, they just can’t wait to start bugging us!

Once your yard is ready, get outside and enjoy some fun spring activities:

  • Have a picnic with your favorite snacks
  • Plant your favorite spring flowers
  • Get a box of colorful chalk and turn your sidewalks into a mural
  • Take a walk around your neighborhood
  • Fly a kite on a breezy day
  • Play catch, throw a football back and forth or kick a soccer ball around
  • Blow bubbles with the young (and young at heart) kids in your life

Have you pre-paid for your 2018 season yet? There may still be time to save in your area.Contact your local Mosquito Joe to get a free quote for professional, ongoing defense in your yard. Treatments are tailored to your property and our products are applied by certified and trained technicians.

Don’t forget about ticks! Mosquito Joe rids your yard of ticks too so your family and pets can enjoy outside. Visit our Tick Control page for some background on ticks, the diseases they carry and some helpful tips for keeping your property ahead of tick issues.

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National Dog Day 2016

Of all the national days to celebrate, National Dog Day is one we’re happy to recognize at Mosquito Joe. It’s an opportunity to spread awareness of topics pertaining to pets like adoption, breed bans, and animal cruelty. You can check out the National Dog Day website for more information on ways to celebrate, becoming a partner, and adoption information.

This day is near and dear to our hearts because many of our Corporate staff have dogs of their own (all rescues!) that occasionally stop by for a visit! You can see some of their adorable faces below. Mosquito Joe also works daily to make outside fun again for you and your family, including your pets!  Our barrier spray treatments help eliminate ticks and fleas, which spread illnesses such as heart worms and Lyme Disease to our four-legged friends. You can learn more in a previous blog about these diseases, their symptoms, and treatments, so that you can keep your pets safe!

National Dog Day

How to Celebrate National Dog Day

You may think National Dog Day is only for dog-owners to celebrate, but anyone with an interest in helping these animals can participate in a variety of ways!

  • Adopt a dog from a local shelter – This is one of the main reasons National Dog Day is celebrated! If you are considering getting a dog and are prepared to make the leap, visit your local animal shelters to see if you can give a rescue dog a loving home. There are plenty of animals that are often overlooked or in need of a family that you can help! Search for your local shelter here.
  • Volunteer at a local animal shelter – Those dogs waiting to find a suitable owner need company too! Contact your local animal shelter or rescue center about volunteering. Facilities almost always need help cleaning cages, feeding, and socializing with the animals.
  • Donate food and toys to local shelters – Many shelters are non-profit and run solely off of local donations. Items like blankets, food, and toys go a long way to taking care of the animals waiting to be adopted.
  • Have a National Dog Day party and invite your friends to bring their dogs – Invite your neighbors and friends over for a backyard BBQ, and tell them to bring their dogs too! You can set up a sprinkler or kiddie pool for the dogs to splash around in, have games and prizes for owners to play with their dogs, and hand out goodie bags for everyone to take home. Get inspired with dog party ideas here.
  • Buy your friend a dog gift – If you want to spoil a pet-owner you love, check out this website for great ideas from apparel to art and decoration!
  • Teach your dog a new trick – If you’ve been looking for time to teach your dog a new trick, this is the perfect day! Check out this article with videos for reference about how to conquer the doggie handshake, roll-over, hug, and more.

However you choose to celebrate National Dog Day, be sure to check with your veterinarian that you are up to date on treatments and check-ups for heart worms, fleas, and ticks. Many vets recommend a monthly preventative medication to be administered to pets year-round, not just the months they spend more time outside. Another preventative step you can take is calling your local Mosquito Joe. Our barrier spray services eliminate mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks from your yard, giving you an added layer of defense against these dangerous pests. If you or someone you know is in need of mosquito control services, contact your local Joe and get a free quote today!

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