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The Basics of the Mosquito

Over the years, we at Mosquito Squad have shared a lot of information on mosquitoes. The different types, how they choose their prey, the diseases they carry, etc. We were excited to see a new video that was released today that provides a great snapshot on our most dreaded pest. Take a look at this video from TED-Ed, Lessons Worth Sharing:

We at Mosquito Squad are very familiar with both the annoyance and dangers of mosquitoes. For those of you that may not be aware, Mosquito Squad was born from a need. Our sister company, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, had lighting designers that would be eaten alive when designing and installing outdoor lighting systems. It was such a nuisance that our founders, Boyd Huneycutt and Scott Zide, who were involved with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, decided to provide a service to help. From there, Mosquito Squad was born.

Mosquito Squad prides itself on giving our clients their yards back. Our effective mosquito control spray reduces your mosquito population by up to 90% for up to 21 days!

If you are looking for a gift for that hard to buy for person on your list this holiday, a gift certificate for Mosquito Squad services is something completely unexpected. Allow your friends or family members to know what summer is like without mosquito bites! For more information, reach out to your local Mosquito Squad office.

Spend the Rest of Summer Outside

Summer is quickly coming to a close, sending kids back school. Take advantage of the nice weather and energetic kids these last few weeks and play outside in the yard. Here are some great game and crafts ideas if you aren’t sure what to do:

  • Yard Bowling. This doesn’t have to be fancy. Grab some old milk cartons or other plastic bottles and set them up at the end of the yard. Have the kids roll a ball (any bouncy ball or soccer ball will do) from 30 feet away and see how it goes. Keep score just like you would with regular bowling.
  • Red Light, Green Light. An oldie but a goodie, Red Light, Green Light is sure to have your kids tired when they’re done. Choose one person to be the traffic light and have them stand at the opposite side of the yard as the other players. The traffic light says “green light” and turns its back on the other players, allowing the players to run towards them. Periodically the traffic light turns abruptly yelling “red light” indicating the runners need to freeze. If the traffic light sees any of them moving, they have to go back to the start point. The first runner to touch the traffic light wins and is the traffic light for the next round.

  • Ladder Ball. This requires a ladder ball set, but it’s fun for all ages. A ladder ball set includes two small three run “ladders” and two sets of bolos as seen in this image to the right. This game is for two teams of two. Teams split up with one member standing at each ladder. The players throw the bolos to get them to catch on the ladder rungs. Each run is worth a number of points (1 point for the lowest, 2 for the middle and 3 for the highest). The first team to 21 (win by two) wins.
  • Paint! Kids love to paint, but sometimes it’s a little too messy for the inside of your home. Think about some fun things to paint that you could use. Buy some cheap flower pots from your local home improvement store and allow your kids to paint it however they want. Then have them plant something in it! It will be beautiful in more ways than one.
    Pinterest is a great place to find outdoor crafts for kids. Here are a bunch of ideas from Parent Map.
    As always, make sure to keep your kids happy and safe when spending time outdoors. Sunscreen and hydration is a must. Dread Skeeter can help protect them from unwanted mosquitoes and ticks as well so they don’t want to go inside away from the annoying pests. To learn about our effective mosquito control, contact your local Mosquito Squad.

Happy Memorial Day from Mosquito Squad!

This weekend marks the kickoff to barbecue and cook out season: Memorial Day. Here are some of our favorite ideas for Memorial Day get-togethers:

Food. Let’s face it, food can make all the difference at a barbecue, but you don’t want to spend the majority of your party in the kitchen preparing food for your guests and not laughing or chatting with them. Think about things you can make prior to your guests arriving. One of our favorites is a black bean and corn salsa that can be served with tortilla chips or as a side salad. It’s simple, mix the following ingredients and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving: 1 cup thawed frozen corn, 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed), 1 chopped tomato, 1 chopped scallion, ¼ cup chopped red onion, 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and the juice from one lime. So yummy!

Fresh fruit is always nice at a barbecue, but to make it a little more festive, think red, white and blue. By taking a rectangle platter and doing rows of red fruit (strawberries, raspberries, watermelon) and semi-white fruit (pineapple and banana) and adding a square of blueberries at the top, your fruit platter is also a decoration.

For a beverage, try this Red, White and Blue Sangria from RecipeGirl.com. We haven’t made it yet, but how fun does it look?

Décor. In short, anything with red, white and blue goes on Memorial Day. To add some color and light (if your party will go into the night), take old food jars to make centerpieces. You can buy colored sand at a nearby craft store and layer red, white and blue in the jars. Stick a small candle at the top and you’re done!

Use your plates, napkins and utensils as decorative accents. Around the holidays, there are many different patriotic themed items that you can pick up at your nearest grocery store or super store that will make your table spread look wonderful!

Games. Whether it’s ladder ball, bocce or bean bag toss, it’s nice to have outdoor games in mind to give your guests something to do. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive to be fun either. At a recent cook out with friends, I participated in a small field-day-like competition which included three legged races, a jumping rope contest, horse shoes and water balloon toss. All oldies, but still goodies.

Keep the bugs away. Yes, I know I’m a little biased, but honestly, who enjoys getting bitten by bugs? A mosquito control barrier spray will keep the unwanted guests from crashing your party.

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

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