Backyard Birthday Bash Ideas

If you have a kiddo with a summer birthday, it’s always fun to take advantage of the warm weather as you plan a celebration. Whether in your backyard or at a neighborhood park, there are plenty of ways to make it memorable. We’ve got some ideas to help you keep your birthday boy or girl and the whole party crew entertained (and out of your house!)

Backyard Pirate Party

Pirates are always a hit with kids (and even most adults!), so if you’re looking for an adventurous way to celebrate, consider a backyard pirate bash to include the following activities:

  • Pirate castleDecorate a favor: Get small treasure chests from the local craft or dollar store and have kids decorate them as favors.
  • Walk the plank: Set up a kiddie pool and lay a piece of wood across the top of the pool. Have the kids walk the plank!
  • Dig for treasure: If you have a shallow storage tub lying around, fill it with sand. Bury toys into the sand and let the kids dig for them!
  • Scavenger Hunt: Hide small toys or snacks around your backyard and create a scavenger hunt complete with a treasure map and x marks the spot! The kids will love finding their “treasure!”

Backyard Splash Party

Keeping everyone cool with a backyard water party is never a bad idea during the hot months of summer! The options listed below might actually incorporate items you already have in your garage, which is always a plus!

  • Water BalloonsWater balloon fight: Fill a big tub with water balloons, and let the kids go to town in the backyard! The fun will be worth the cleanup.
  • Sprinkler fun: Turn on all of your sprinklers, and tell the kids to suit up! This always makes for an endless amount of fun!
  • Homemade slip-n-slide: If you have a tarp, lay it out across the backyard. Spray it down with a hose, and don’t forget to leave the hose running for that constant slip-n-slide effect. The kids will have a blast slipping and sliding their way across the yard! If you don’t have a tarp, no need to worry. Plastic sheeting from the hardware store also works perfectly!

General Ideas for Any Backyard Bash

  • DIY ice cream bar: Set up a topping buffet, and let your little guests make their own sundaes!Ice Cream
  • Water gun painting: Fill water guns with paint, and set up easels with paper in the backyard. Let the kids make their own colorful creations by squirting paint from the water guns!
  • Bubbles: Let’s be real. What outdoor party is complete without bubbles?

Before we leave you to backyard bash preparation, it’s important for us to note that mosquitoes feed mainly at dawn and dusk. Unfortunately, dusk is also the perfect time-of-day to be outside manning the grill and getting splashed by water balloons. Consider clearing your yard of mosquitoes with a barrier spray treatment, so that your guests can leave your party with a big smile and not a bug bite in sight. Give your local Mosquito Joe a call today to ensure that you’re on the schedule in time to have an itch-free backyard birthday!

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Get Your Play On This July!

Aside from Independence Day and debilitating heat, July is also Park and Recreation Month! Promoted by the National Recreation and Park Association, this month is dedicated to encouraging people to embrace outdoor activities and experience their local parks system. It’s a time for us to recognize the importance of physical health and the pivotal role that outdoor adventuring plays in our wellbeing. Whether it’s a kickball league, hiking trail, or nature class, you can find the perfect way to celebrate this month in your local parks!

If you’re having trouble figuring out a place to start, here are a few ideas to start getting that body moving!

  1. National Park and Recreation Month SwimmingFind some local nature trails and explore. Discovering new places to become one with nature is never boring. Bring your bikes or pups along for added fun!
  2. Look in your area for an outdoor fitness class. Many communities offer sessions like yoga or interval training at a local park.
  3. Go swimming. Whether you’re taking a dip in a lake or just going for a casual swim in the community pool, this is the best way to cool off and stay active at the same time.
  4. Collect cool rocks or seashells. Live near a beach? Take a long walk, and keep your eyes open for shelf-worthy items. Make a game out of it, and the kids will have a blast.National Park and Recreation Month Picnic
  5. Have a picnic. Go out to a local park and bring a blanket, food, and a frisbee (or any toy of your choice). Enjoy your picnic, and spend the day in the sun.
  6. Take your dog to a dog park and release all of that pent-up energy! This is an easy way to mix things up from the normal walk around the block, and Fido can make some new friends!
  7. Engage the rest of your community in what you’re doing to celebrate Park and Recreation Month by posting your pictures of your adventures on social media using the hashtag #PlayOnJuly.

If you own a small business closely associated with the outdoor recreation industry, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved in the month as well! Visit the National Recreation and Park Association’s website for a comprehensive toolkit to help you promote staying active and visiting the local parks.

  1. Print the Park and Recreation Month poster and hang it around the community at community events, inside your facilities, and anywhere else that will stand out.
  2. Download the social media and press release templates and fill them in to make your community aware of Park and Recreation Month.
  3. Post the infographic on social media with the hashtag #PlayOnJuly.
  4. Download the customizable calendar to fill in all of your outdoor events and post on your website and social media.

This is the best time of year to be outside, so get out there and enjoy it while you can! Enjoying the outdoors is a great way to stay active, learn more about your community, and spend quality time with family and friends.

If you come back from your park adventures and want to enjoy the outdoor space at your own home, give your local Mosquito Joe a call to make sure you spend more time playing and less time swatting. Mosquito Joe rids your yard of mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, making outside fun again for you and your family. Happy Park and Recreation Month from our family to yours!

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Celebrating Dad This Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up this weekend, and you know what that means. It’s is definitely time to start brainstorming and planning for the perfect celebration. Whether you spend the day with immediate family only or have a blowout with all the neighbors, there are so many different ways to bond with dad. While showing him how much he’s appreciated for all he does, don’t forget to make it fun for everyone!

Here are a few ideas to make this Sunday extra special:

  1. Wake up early to cook breakfast and make coffee. Bring it to dad in bed. Once he’s settled, bring him his gifts. Read cards and watch him open presents while he enjoys breakfast.
  2. Have the family over for a cookout. Let the grill master relax while you take over for a change. Just don’t burn anything!
  3. Build a backyard bonfire when the sun goes down. This is the perfect way to spend quality time with family towards the end of the day. Bring everyone outside to roast marshmallows and tell stories.
  4. Go to the movies as a family. This time, let dad pick the show and the snacks.
  5. Go to a local campground or pitch a tent in the backyard. Bring plenty of snacks, sleeping bags, and kick back with dad. This will make for memories that’ll last a lifetime.
  6. Take to the fairway! There is a good chance your dad enjoys playing an occasional 18 holes. Even if you’re not a golfer, go along with him and give it your best shot. I promise you’ll have fun, and dad will be thankful you participated in one of his favorite activities.
  7. Have a picnic in a local park. Make all of dad’s favorites, pack a cooler, and surprise him by taking him out to enjoy it all with the family. Eat, laugh, reminisce, chat, and watch the sunset together. Don’t forget to capture the moment!
  8. If you have a pool, invite your dad’s best friends and their families over for a pool party. The sun is getting hotter by the day, so why not keep cool with dad on his?!
  9. Go for a family hike. Find a local nature trail and spend the morning getting in your daily exercise family style!
  10. Host a neighborhood barbecue. Let the neighborhood families come over to celebrate all the dads and munch on tasty treats. Ease the stress of planning a party by making it a pot luck!
  11. Is dad a history buff? Go to a local museum to learn a thing or two. An educational experience is never a bad idea!

We wish all the dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day! Thank you for all that you do. If your Father’s Day celebrations happen to take you outside, don’t forget that added layer of protection against mosquitoes. Call your local Mosquito Joe today for a free quote and information about our services. We can make sure your celebration and your entire summer are swat-free.

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Tailoring Your Yard for a Swat Free Summer

Here at Mosquito Joe, we’re pet owners, moms, dads, homeowners and outdoor lovers just like you. We understand the thought process that surrounds bringing a new product into your environment because at some point we’ve all been there as well. Sometimes people who hear about us have a lot of questions because the service just seems too simple to be true, or they wonder why it hasn’t been around longer to help get rid of mosquitoes. One of the most common questions we get about our services is whether or not the products we use are safe. We wanted to provide some information to help you understand the various products we use so you can feel confident that you’re doing the right thing to protect family and friends from mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.

Barrier Spray Treatment

Our main barrier treatment product is a synthetic form of pyrethrins called pyrethroids. Pyrethrins are the natural byproduct of the Chrysanthemum flower. Synthetic pyrethroids have a similar chemical structure as the pyrethrins, and are used in numerous commercial products such as household insecticides, pet shampoos and sprays, and even lice shampoos – so you are probably already using it if you’re a pet owner.

We spray this product on shrubs, low-lying trees, your foundation, mulch beds, etc. Generally we don’t spray your grass, unless you’re having a specific issue with fleas. All chemicals we use are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). You, your kids, and your pets can be outside again resuming normal activities as soon as the treatment has had a chance to dry, typically about 30-45 minutes, without the annoyance of mosquitoes.

All-Natural Treatment

For those who prefer all-natural options, we also have products made with rosemary and peppermint oils or concentrated garlic. These products provide knockdown with residual mosquito control, or in the case of garlic, repellency. They can be used around water and do not affect birds, fish, dogs, cats or other animals. The all-natural garlic option provides 14 days of protection with each treatment.

Not Your Average Joe

We pride ourselves on standing out from the rest when it comes to mosquito control. Above all else, trust that each treatment is tailored to your property for maximum effect. It may even include a combination of both synthetic and all-natural treatments. For example, a majority of your shrubs may be sprayed with our standard barrier treatment, while vegetable gardens, ponds and pollinating plants with our all-natural product. A certified technician, trained and knowledgeable in the treatments being applied and the pests they’re targeting, will be applying your treatment and available for any questions.

For a visual of what we do, check out this video showing how our technicians tailor your yard to be less swatting and more fun. Then, call your local Mosquito Joe for a free quote and more information on how we can help make outside fun again for you and your family.

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June is National Pest Control Month

If you take one look at our website, it’s pretty easy to see we are passionate about getting rid of mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. Nothing makes us happier than getting you back outside and enjoying your yard. Whether that’s grilling, gardening, playing ball with your dog, or swimming in your backyard pool, there are plenty of activities that can keep you entertained and enjoying life during warmer weather. We talk often about the nuisance mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks are…but did you know Mosquito Joe’s barrier spray services take care of other insects and outdoor pests that can wreak havoc on your outdoor fun? Since June is National Pest Control Month, we thought we’d take the time to tell you a little bit about some other flying fun-suckers we can help eliminate.

Earwigs

The earwig (no, not a hairpiece for your ears) is one insect can make a mess of your garden. Earwigs are mostly nocturnal and often hide during the day. They feed on a wide variety of insects and plants, so damage to foliage, flowers, and various crops is commonly blamed on this oddly named bug.

Stinkbug

If you’re in certain areas of the U.S. (Virginia, Maryland and Delaware), the stinkbug may be something you’re well aware of, but not because you want to be. Sometimes known as shield bugs because of their distinctive shape, they are commonly referred to as stink bugs because they release a smelly odor when chased, picked up or stepped on. Many people compare the smell to smelly feet. Generally, stinkbugs prefer to be outside. They reproduce and eat outdoors, so they won’t try to move inside until it starts to get cold. But if you see them on the outside of your house, let your Mosquito Joe technician know!

Flies & Centipedes

I know when I’m entertaining in my backyard and uncover the food, the sight of flies can drive me crazy. Even worse was the time spent standing by the table fanning them away. And did you know there are over 8,000 species of centipedes? Some are known to have very painful bites that can cause severe swelling, chills, and fever.


Despite these obnoxious and gross facts, there is a silver lining. These are all insects that you can keep out of your yard using Mosquito Joe barrier spray treatments. That’s right folks, we don’t just kill mosquitoes, fleas and ticks, we take care of other pests that can ruin your garden, leave you with painful bites, and send you running indoors. Bedbugs, clover mites, millipedes, oh my! Pick up the phone and call your local Mosquito Joe today to find out how we can help solve your creepy critter problems.

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