Franchise Owner Gives Back

We are excited to share that Franchising.com recently picked up our story on Anthony Duncan and how he is using his position as a franchise owner to give back to his community. 

While we are proud to offer the best mosquito and tick control services at Mosquito Authority, we also take pride in seeing how our franchise owners contribute to and care about their communities. In addition to providing their customers with excellent service, our franchisees often think of unique ways to help those around them. 

2020 was a year when helping others and giving back played a large role in many of our lives. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, small businesses that managed to survive the economic downturn had the opportunity to give back to their customers and communities in a variety of ways. Small businesses can have a big impact when they go the extra mile for customers, and that is exactly what was needed during this past year.

Now, as we begin 2021 facing some of the same struggles, small business owners continue to prove an asset to their communities. Anthony Duncan, one of our long-time Mosquito Authority franchisees, is one of those small business owners doing what he can to contribute to his community.

After looking at his business plan for 2021, Anthony decided to do something for all of the healthcare workers who have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic since its beginning in 2020. Anthony will seek to provide 100 free treatments per month to front-line COVID-19 medical workers as a way to help those who are seeing the worst of the pandemic.

This initiative is even more impactful considering the need to stay home and social distance during this time. “I want to contribute in any way possible,” Anthony says. “With mosquito control, we’re helping people enjoy their outdoor living spaces at a time when many are mainly staying home because of Covid restrictions or for their own safety.”

 
We are so proud to have Anthony and his team as part of our franchise community and love hearing how much our franchise owners truly care about their communities. To read the whole story of what Anthony is doing to help those in his community, read the full article on Franchising.com.

Maintaining Your Winter Garden

Maintaining a garden during the winter months can be difficult for anyone, even if you have a “green thumb.” Depending on where you live, there are a number of things you can do to preserve your winter garden. Here are some tips for each region on how to create a thriving garden and maintain it during the winter months:

If you live in the Southwest:

Keeping your January garden healthy in dry regions of the country like this can be tricky. However, as long as you have a good supply of water there are several things you can do to maintain your garden.

  • One thing you can do is prepare for next season. Think about planting seeds for crops such as broccoli, cabbage, onions, peas, and turnips that you can transplant next month. You can also plant asparagus.
  • Make sure to water your evergreen plants often if there is not a good amount of rainfall in your area.
  • If you are looking to add some color to your garden, you can plant flowers that do well in the cool weather such as pansies, petunias, and violas. 

If you live in the Southeast:

Since winters in the southeast region of the United States are mild, you do not need to worry too much about harsh winter weather ruining your garden. Here are some things to do if you are a gardener in the southeast:

  • Add some compost to your garden.
  • Finish pruning your wisteria if you have some planted in your garden.
  • If temperatures drop, use row covers to shelter your plants.

If you live in the Midwest:

Winters in the Midwest are notoriously brutal, so there is not much planting you can do in your garden in January. If you live in this region, your primary focus should be on maintaining and inspecting your garden.

  • Remove snow from around your garden to create a path. This way you will have easy access to your garden so you can clear any debris and check for shrubbery damage.
  • Check your trees for bark damage, which could be a sign that uninvited creatures like deer and voles are making their way into your yard or garden.

If you live in the Pacific Northwest:

The Pacific Northwest climate generally provides good gardening weather because of its moderate temperatures. Here are some gardening tips for those of you in this region:

  • Use row covers to protect plants on cold nights.
  •  If you want to do some planting, go for vegetables such as asparagus and artichokes.
  • Remove dead limbs from trees and complete trimming on your perennials.

If you live in the Northeast:

Much like in the Midwest, there is not much you can do in terms of planting and working in your garden during a northeastern winter. However, here a couple of tips:

  • If you live on the coast, you can assess your plants for salt-spray damage.
  • Just like in the Midwest, clear paths after a snowfall to ensure you have access to your garden.

Working to maintain your garden during the winter can prove difficult in some places, but you will be happy with the results when spring comes around. If you live in colder regions like the Midwest or the Northeast, you should focus on just maintaining your garden and keeping it healthy. On the other hand, if you live in warmer regions of the country, you can start planting some seeds. Read more winter gardening tips at The Spruce.

While you’re working to maintain your garden this winter, remember that certain tick species might be hiding out around your yard. Ticks often hide in life piles, areas of tall grass, and lawn debris, making it easy for them to invade your garden. Click here to find your local tick control company and prevent these pests from invading your garden.


Source: The Spruce

Family Health and Fitness Day

Saturday, September 26th is Family Health and Fitness Day, so here are some ways to make the most of it.

Family Health and Fitness Day is intended to promote both physical health and fitness among families in the United States. Observed on the last Saturday of September, Family Health and Fitness Day encourages families and their loved ones to implement healthy habits and activities in their daily lives. This day was established by the Health and Information Resource Center in 1996 in order to promote a healthy family lifestyle for Americans.

At Mosquito Authority, we love to promote the health and wellbeing of our customers, so we came up with some suggestions for how you can make the most of Family Health and Fitness Day.

1. Go on a hike

Exercise is an important part of the day, so why not enjoy it? Hiking not only benefits your health but it also gives you the opportunity to get some fresh air and appreciate the outdoors. Just be sure to wear mosquito repellent and check for ticks after hiking in the woods.

2.  Play a sport as a family

Because of COVID-19 your kids might not be able to enjoy their favorite sports like they used to. However, that doesn’t mean playing sports is out of the question. Organize a family game, whether it is football, basketball, soccer, etc., and get the whole family outside for some fun (and friendly) competition.    

3. Go for a family bike ride

Biking is a tried-and-true family activity. Whether you are biking on a trail or just going for a ride through the neighborhood, this is a great way to keep your family active. Not only is it good for fitness, but exercising outside provides a nice break from those indoor workouts.

3. Come up with a weekly meal plan

Planning your meals at the beginning of the week saves time and also allows you to make intentional food choices. By taking the time each week to meal-plan, you can form healthy eating habits for your family and take the stress out of last-minute dinner plans!

4. Know your family health history

Educating yourself on family health history is crucial. By being aware of your family medical history, you can reduce your risk of developing health problems in the future. 

5. Go for daily walks

Sometimes a simple walk is the best way to exercise as a family. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults 18-64 years old should walk for at least 150 minutes every week (that’s roughly 22 minutes per day). 

Family Health and Fitness Day is a great time to spend time with your family and recognize the importance of physical health. To make sure your backyard is a safe space to spend some time getting active, schedule a mosquito treatment with us today.

Natural Mosquito Repellents and Treatments

1574289265380Whether you’re going on an outdoor adventure or just hanging out in your backyard, making sure you and your family are protected from mosquitoes is a top priority. Mosquitoes can carry a variety of dangerous diseases, from Zika virus to West Nile virus. So, while we do recommend hiring Mosquito Authority to mosquito-proof your home, it is always good to have a few natural mosquito repellents and treatments at your disposal for day-to-day activities.

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Preparing for a Different School Environment

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Know what to expect as your child returns to school during a pandemic.

It’s about that time: summer is coming to an end, classroom supply lists are coming out, and kids are preparing to return to school. However, the start of the school year will be much different than any we have experienced before. Due to the restrictions and social distancing guidelines in effect to prevent the spread of COVID-19, classrooms and school activities have had to be significantly modified. To make sure your children are prepared for the new school year, here are some tips from the CDC on how to ensure a safe transition back to school:

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