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    Tips to Stop Mosquitoes from Ruining Summer Fun

    Summer is almost here and warm weather will beckon people into backyards across the country. Unfortunately, unwelcome guests like pesky mosquitoes often want to join the festivities. Not only can mosquitoes be a biting nuisance, but they can also cause allergic reactions in some people and pets. Certain species can spread dangerous illnesses such as dengue fever, West Nile virus and Zika virus.

    Minimizing mosquito threats in your yard is of primary importance during summer months, but your outdoor decor and landscaping actually may be attracting mosquitoes. Dr. Mark Beavers, Orkin entomologist, recommends these tips for keeping mosquitoes at bay this summer.

    Minimize Standing Water
    Mosquitoes only need a thimble-sized amount of stagnant water to reproduce. To reduce breeding areas, check your backyard for stagnant water in bird baths, under potted plants and even in your pet’s water bowls. By refreshing water often or eliminating standing water sources, you can reduce the number of places mosquitoes can reproduce.  If a backyard pond is part of your decor, make sure the water is circulating properly.

    Plant Smart
    Backyards are often filled with places a mosquito can hide, reproduce or feed. Planting smart and keeping vegetation growth in check can cut down on the number of mosquitoes in your yard. Be sure to trim, prune, weed and mow often to keep vegetation under control because mosquitoes love to hide in damp, dark places.

    Think carefully about where you place flowers and plants in your backyard so they don’t attract mosquitoes to the places you sit or entertain. Flowering plants can offer a delicious meal for female mosquitoes that need to feed on flower nectar between blood meals. Plants that trap water in their leaves can also be a prime place for mosquitoes to breed.

    It is a great idea to include some plants that repel mosquitoes in your garden. Lemongrass and lavender are some great options. Adding a few potted herbs like basil, mint and rosemary can also help keep pest away.

    Turn on the Fans
    Another trick is to use mosquitoes’ weaknesses against them. Most mosquitoes are poor flyers, so a simple deterrent is to make it difficult for them to fly. Consider installing a fan on your deck or patio, or even bring a portable fan outdoors.

    Also remember your backyard basics: clothing and repellents. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, so keep your summer wardrobe light and breezy. Loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and long pants are typically your best bet. Mosquitoes can bite through tight-fitting clothes made of materials like spandex. Keep your scented body sprays and perfumes to a minimum, as mosquitoes can be attracted to strong smells. When you’re heading outdoors, don’t forget to apply a topical repellent spray approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.

    By taking these simple steps this summer, you can minimize mosquito populations in your backyard and stop mosquitoes from meddling in your summer fun. Visit for more pest prevention tips or to bring in a professional to assess your pest protection needs.

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    Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Giveaway

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    This Friday, May 19th is a big day for Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans. The newest installment, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul will finally premiere! My daughter has read all the books growing up and they are one of her favorite series. The first three movies were pretty funny and I expect this one to a great movie for the entire family. DOAWK Long Haul - Banner

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    4 Simple Steps to a Lawn Mower Tune-up

    You rely on your lawnmower to run all season long, and a little bit of time spent tuning your mower engine in spring can help keep it running at its peak performance.

    A simple tune-up on a walk-behind mower can be done in 20 minutes or less and, if you do it yourself, is a cost-effective option. The key is having the right supplies on-hand. You may need a new air filter, spark plug, engine oil and fuel treatment. One simple way to take care of this task is with Briggs & Stratton’s all-in-one tune-up kit that has everything you need included.

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    Wonder Woman Is Coming To Theaters June 2nd!

    This post is in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures.

    The weather is getting warmer and finally the movies I have been waiting for are coming to theaters. Wonder Woman is on my must see list and  premieres June 2nd.

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    From Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment comes the epic action adventure starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright, directed by Patty Jenkins.

    Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

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