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How I’m Enjoying More Mornings and Evenings Outside This Summer

There are two types of people in this world. Those who can enjoy outdoor summer activities without getting a single mosquito bite and those who can’t walk outside without becoming a feast for mosquitoes. Unfortunately, I fall into the second camp. Tanner can be outside for hours doing yard work without getting a single bite while I walk outside and have 5 bites in 5 minutes. This is so frustrating because I really like to be outside as much as possible during the summer but I get eaten alive!

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We have this great little pond in our backyard with a relaxing fountain. We’ve also made our back deck a festive place to hang out by adding a grill, a patio table, candles, twinkle lights, a chiminea and my herb garden.

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Typically, this is the time of year when I have to move my outdoor hangouts inside due to mosquitoes but this summer has been different thanks to Orkin Pest Control. A few weeks ago an Orkin technician came by to work with me on a mosquito treatment for our yard. First, we walked the property and he helped me identify any areas that might promote mosquito breeding and gave me suggestions on how to remedy the problem areas. Then he treated the yard. I had to keep the dogs inside for one hour after the treatment but we were good to go afterwards.

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I have been surprised by how well the treatment worked. While Orkin says that they can never completely eradicate mosquitoes in your yard, they can reduce the number by breaking the life cycle and treating where the mosquitoes live and breed. I really appreciate that it’s not just a spray and go but that they really work with you on the steps you can take as well.

I’ve been able to comfortably sit outside in the mornings and evenings with no mosquito problems. Usually these are the times of day that I just can’t be outside no matter how many citronella candles I burn unless I douse myself in bug spray…and that’s no fun. I have especially enjoyed having breakfast outside. The fresh air is a wonderful start to the day.

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Evenings have also been spent outside and I’m starting to venture into learning how to grill on a charcoal grill. (My dad is proud…and has to answer a lot of questions!)

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We have this great little Weber Performer Deluxe charcoal grill with a one-touch gas start. It’s super convenient, easy to use and I think nothing compares to food grilled over charcoal. I can’t wait to have friends over for a barbecue and impress them with my grilling skills. 🙂

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I’m happy that the Orkin Mosquito treatment has let us enjoy more time outdoors. While it is always annoying to deal with mosquito bites, I am on extra high alert this summer due to the Zika virus. I knew about the current travel advisories due to Zika but I can’t say it was on my radar as a concern here at home until physical in May. My doctor suggested having our yard treated as a precaution even though there haven’t been any locally transmitted cases because there is just so much that is unknown about the Zika virus.

The treatment that we received lasts for about a month and we’ll have another done in July.

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We are all looking forward to spending as much time outdoors as possible with less mosquitoes this summer!

Do mosquitoes love you or leave you alone?

What are your favorite backyard outdoor activities during the summer? 

Do you enjoy grilling or does your significant other do it? 

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Orkin. All thoughts, experiences and opinions are my own.

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  • 1
    RMH June 28, 2016, 10:51 am

    Hey Jen! You probably already know this. But I worked on a farm for a season. And they recommended we not use anything on our body that was perfumed in order to keep the bugs at bay. Most farm hands skipped the deodorant (not recommended by me). I started to use un-scented body lotion like cesspool and soaps like dr. Bronners. It made a big difference! Just thought I’d pass it along. Have a good day!

    • 2
      Jen DeCurtins July 4, 2016, 9:02 pm

      This is helpful! Thanks so much for the tip! I never even thought about deodorant!

  • 3
    RMH June 28, 2016, 10:52 am

    Oops! *cetaphil

  • 4
    DeeDee June 28, 2016, 12:31 pm

    I’m like you. Can’t be outside for three seconds without a bite. The only thing that helps even a little is pure Deet, which is horrible to use. Hiking is awful, even with bug spray, because they will bite me through my clothes, or in the tiniest places where there is no spray, like the corners of my eyes, and inside my ears. I’ve tried everything, but I really think it’s just a body chemistry thing, and there isn’t much you can do to change it except not be around mosquitoes. Which around here means staying inside for three to four months out of the year. It makes me sad.

    • 5
      Jen DeCurtins July 4, 2016, 9:03 pm

      Oh DeeDee, I thought it was bad for me but your situation sounds TERRIBLE! I’m so sorry.

  • 6
    Michelle June 28, 2016, 1:49 pm

    Mosquitoes LOVE me!! I was out in my backyard for less than a minute and ended up with 8 mosquito bites across my forehead and one in the corner of my eye. Not sure what’s up with my forehead, but I look pretty lumpy right now.

    Glad you found a solution to your situation.

    • 7
      Jen DeCurtins July 4, 2016, 9:03 pm

      Not a solution but a huge help when I am at home!

  • 8
    Sabrina June 28, 2016, 3:35 pm

    Cant wait for you to share your grilling skills with us! I love the way you combine foods. So excited…
    Thanks for the tip – will definitely try having the yard treated.

    • 9
      Jen DeCurtins July 4, 2016, 9:06 pm

      Haha, I don’t know at what point we can call them “skills” but we shall see! 🙂

  • 10
    amy June 28, 2016, 3:45 pm

    I have the same problem with being out in my yard. I have thought about a mosquito treatment, but I was told it wouldn’t really work unless my neighbors did it as well. Maybe I will have to give it another look. Do you mind me asking how much it cost?

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      Jen DeCurtins July 4, 2016, 9:07 pm

      Our neighbors didn’t’ get the treatment and it’s still been great for us. I am sitting outside as I type this and haven’t swatted away a single mosquito. I would try it!

  • 12
    Michelle June 28, 2016, 6:42 pm

    I must have some of the sweetest blood or most CO2 emissions because mosquitoes LOVE me! I try to avoid outdoors during high mosquitoes hour; outdoors at prime time is typically the beach (I live in PEI so ocean beaches are a bike ride, or even a long run, away).
    I work for a pharma company and our pest control is Orkin. From customer to customer service, EXCEPTIONAL! We actually need the operators to train on our own internal procedures and it’s absolutely no issue. Shout out to Neil from Orkin in PEI!!

    • 13
      Jen DeCurtins July 4, 2016, 9:07 pm

      They do have the most wonderful customer service! Our technician has been amazing!

  • 14
    Amanda June 29, 2016, 8:06 am

    Saying mosquitos love me is the biggest understatement. They flock to me. They attack me at every chance they get. What’s worse, I have a allergy to them. One tiny bite swells up the size of a half dollar even if I don’t touch it. This summer has been different. I got Citronella essential oil. I put a few drops in my palms, rub them together and then rub my hands over my legs and arms. It works wonders!

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    ACKTIVE LIFE June 29, 2016, 8:45 am

    Oh the mosquitoes LOVE me and ALWAYS go for me…I guess it is just that sweat meat I have! 🙂 As far as grilling, I enjoy it and I am getting better at it…Grilling in the summer is a must, plus it is more time spent outside…which always makes me happy!

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