Thursday, April 24th, 2014
It happens every year. You’re out for a walk, enjoying the seventy degree weather with your family. The birds are chirping. Your child jumps into a giant puddle of mud. And, you’re thinking to yourself about how nice that afternoon sun feels on your skin after a long, hard winter. You feel a sudden, slight pinch on your leg as you continue to walk down the street. You think nothing of it. It’s not until you’re at home, watching the game, that you find yourself unconsciously scratching. What the? You look down. A bright red, itchy lump appears on your ankle.
The first bug bite of the season always serves as a harsh reminder that with warm weather, comes mosquitoes. This year, be proactive. Keep mosquitoes out of your backyard with these tips. Your friends, family, and ankles will thank you.
Remove Stagnant Water Sources
According to Dr. Gaines at the Virginia Department of Health, “Mosquito larvae associated with permanent bodies of water generally live where the water is shallow (1 ft or less), and weeds, debris, emergent grasses or some sort of aquatic vegetation shelters the mosquito larvae from fish and other predators. Relatively few mosquito species actually breed in permanent bodies of water such as marshes or swamps. Most of the mosquito species associated with marshes or swamps actually breed in temporary pools along the margins of these habitats.”
In other words, mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. The number one preventative measure you can take to eliminate mosquitoes or greatly reduce their numbers, will be to remove ALL stagnant water sources. Fill in large puddles or holes. Remove old tree stumps. Put away kiddie pools or any toys after use. Eliminate yard decorations that collect rainwater. Clear your gutters. Empty your pet dishes and bird bathes at least once a week.
Have a stagnant pond in your backyard? Consider adding a filtration system or adding tiny fish.
Change Your Backyard Lighting
What’s a summertime evening without the soft hum or subtle crack of Grandpa’s bug zapper? Well, he may be taking that zapper down when he learns that it attracts mosquitoes, but doesn’t necessarily kill them all. In fact, UV light emitted from bug zappers shines a giant beacon to all of the mosquitoes in the area, inviting them to come hang out at your place.
So, instead of attracting them, try installing bug lighting in your backyard.
Add Porch Screens and Fans
Add a protective barrier around your porch to keep mosquitoes and other bugs out. You can do this by installing a porch screen. You can also purchase fans. Mosquitoes are generally weak flyers and have trouble navigating around strong air currents. So, just drive down to your local hardware store and pick up a cheap box fan. Mosquito problem solved.
Keep Your Lawn Clean
In order to keep mosquitoes from breeding in your backyard, most expects recommend you cut your grass and dispose of yard clippings about once a week. Why once a week? Well, Dr. Gaines at the Virginia Department of Health tells us most mosquitoes have a life cycle that lasts about one to two weeks. Mowing your lawn and removing yard clippings disrupts this cycle and kills most mosquitoes before they can fully mature. So, when you don’t really feel like mowing the lawn this summer, just think about how many mosquitos you’ll kill. Ah, sweet revenge.
What to see what else Dr. Gaines has to say about mosquitoes here.
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
March 16, 2014 marked the official start of Poison Prevention Week! According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, they received over 3 million calls in 2012, 2.2 million of those calls were about poison exposure and consumption. That’s a lot of phone calls! So, we’d like to take a moment to provide you and your family with some great poison prevention tips. For more information, please visit the source links provided below.
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Monday, February 10th, 2014
Can kindness movements make a difference? They sure can. Research is proving it over and over again – from Singapore to Denver, Random Acts of Kindness work!
Help us celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week and pass on a good deed today. Share your story with us below and Coffee is on us (and we deliver)!
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Friday, February 7th, 2014
It is that time of year again – Random Acts of Kindness Week. That is right, next week kicks off our 2nd year of participating in RAK! So what is RAK, you say? Well, according to the random acts of kindness foundation, RAK is a week dedicated to “step out of your normal routine or comfort zone and attempt a new random act of kindness each day”. How fun is that?!?! Last year we had a blast participating and we will be up to our own random acts of kindness all next week. If you don’t already “Like” us on Facebook, look us up now! Your chance to win will be dependent on your interaction with us. Some of the things you could receive during our 2nd Annual RAK Campaign?… Carpet Cleaning, Lunch, Theater Tickets, Happy Hour with your favorite Cleaning & Restoration company and more!
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
As we all take time this holiday season to gather with family and friends, may we also remember the true reason for our celebration! Our business has been blessed in so many ways and each one of you are a blessing to us. You have chosen to use a local family-owned business to provide your cleaning and restoration services. You have put your trust in our team to keep your homes and facilities clean. And when we have made mistakes, you have understood, forgiven us and continued to trust our services.
This Christmas season we are especially thankful for you. We whole-heartedly appreciate your business.
May God bless you and your families this holiday season!
Beth Ayotte Naumann & Danny & LeaAnn Ayotte
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Monday, October 28th, 2013
My name is Bill Radke, originally from Menomonie Wisconsin. I have been married to my wife Kelly for 11 years – how blessed am I?! Together we have 3 beautiful children, Laney (7), Brett (3), and Isabel (1). Approximately 12 years ago I worked for ServiceMaster for about 3 years. I pursued some other dreams for a time and realized that I needed to come back. Thankfully I was able to. I feel so blessed. God is good! Thank you ServiceMaster by Ayotte for being a part of my return and for your prayers! It is great to be back!
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
“I simply could not help enough people with my small team,” he said. “After looking at several large service providers, I was attracted to the ServiceMaster corporate values, national footprint and business model,” said Paxton. At the same time, ServiceMaster was looking for an opportunity to create a service extension in the hoarding market.
Compulsive hoarding is a disorder characterized by difficulty discarding items that appear to most people to have little or no value. Hoarding was previously considered a subtype of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), but as of May, 2013, hoarding disorder is now included in the “American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders”.
Read more by visiting this press release!
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Don’t miss out on the fun this Halloween! Enter our costume contest and you could win a CASH prize! There are TWO ways to enter! Upload your photo to our contest page on Facebook or visit us in person at the office in Northfield! Happy Halloween everyone!!!
Monday, September 30th, 2013
October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and ServiceMaster by Ayotte is stepping up to support the cause. This month for every Residential Carpet, Upholstery, Hard Surface Floor or General Cleaning appointment scheduled using the code PINK, ServiceMaster by Ayotte will donate $1 to the Susan G. Komen Minnesota non-profit corporation. Help us contribute to the mission “To save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all, and energizing science to the find the cures.”
Call ServiceMaster by Ayotte today to schedule your appointment – 877-945-0993 or online at smbyayotte.com
Thursday, September 26th, 2013
My name is Dagan Steffen. I am 38 years old. I have been married to my lovely wife Dawn for 16 years. We have three children, Emily (14), Isabella (11), and Tyler (9). We live near Medford. We spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in the winter, snowmobiling.
As a child I lived in Owatonna, Grand Marais, and then New Prague. I have a sister (Dawn), a brother (Dallas), and my parents Dannie and Nancy.
I have been farming for as long a I can remember, and am currently farming for my neighbors. Right after graduation I started my own exterior siding installation business with my wife’s brother. In 1997 I started working at Lull building forklifts. I started out in production and then became part of the Research and Development Department building the prototype forklifts. Then in 2003 the company was sold and moved to Pennsylvania. After they closed the doors I went into the carpenters union as a journeyman carpenter for Frana and Sons. I worked there for 3 years until I got laid off due of lack of work. Next, I framed houses for Countryside Construction for about a year. Then I started my own business, DDS Services LLC, which consisted of a lot of remodeling for Metro Home Improvements, and for DCI.
In April I started working for ServiceMaster by Ayotte as the production manager. I am learning a lot about the this company and the many different ways to restore and clean structures. I am proud to be a part of the ServiceMaster Family!