Keep mosquitoes away while enjoying your pool.

Keep mosquitoes away while enjoying your pool.

One thing there's no shortage in Florida is the mosquito. So, how can you beat the mosquitos back and enjoy relaxing by the pool? Here are some tips from the pros:

Purchase a waterproof mosquito repellent and apply it to your skin before swimming. Long-lasting formulas containing DEET or picaridin are best. While homemade or natural repellants containing lemon oil or eucalyptus also work, they must often be re-applied to maintain their effectiveness.

Keep several citronella candles on hand. Citronella is a natural mosquito repellent. Several candles placed around the swimming area in areas that are hard to reach for children and pets will add additional protection. 

Plant mosquito repelling plants. A little-known fact about those pesky mosquitoes is that there are individual plants that they can't stand. Foliage like citronella grass, catnip, vanilla leaf, and sagebrush, are living mosquito repellants and will look great around your pool!

Get rid of standing water. Old or stagnant water is a mosquito haven. Be sure to dump water out of the kids' pool toys or rafts and let them dry in the sun before putting them away. Also, check around the perimeter of your home for any water that might have been left standing after a rainstorm. These areas are breeding grounds for mosquitoes and need to be addressed as soon as they're discovered.

Be conscious of the time. Mosquitoes favorite "feeding" time seems to be at the times of day with the least exposure to the sun. So, while you might not need sunscreen to swim at dawn or dusk, you'll need to be protected from the mosquitoes. 

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Monday, May 6, 2019

How To Prepare Your Pool For Florida Hurricane Season.

How To Prepare Your Pool For Florida Hurricane Season.

As it starts to get hotter in Florida, the weather starts to get a little crazier. Pretty soon we'll be welcoming in hurricane season with bated breath, and a couple of boxes of supplies, like we Floridians, do every year. But what about those of us who own a pool? What is the best way to prep your pool for the hurricane season here in Florida? Well, we have a few tips on how to make sure your pool survives the harsh weather we're bound to get at some point this season.

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Monday, April 1, 2019

3 Reasons to Have a Summer Kitchen.

3 Reasons to Have a Summer Kitchen.

Getting family and friends together during the summer for a cookout is a lot of fun. There's always work that goes into it but it always ends up being worth it and everyone usually still has a great time. But what's better than grilling on the patio? Having your own summer, or outdoor, kitchen! Here you will see 3 top benefits to having a summer kitchen and hopefully convince you to start having more cookouts!

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Prepare Your Pool for a the warmer months in Florida.

Prepare Your Pool for a the warmer months in Florida.

Spring is almost here, and Florida is recovering from the deep freeze of Winter. Well not really. But unless you have a heated pool, your pool has probably not been used for many months. Summer will be here before you know it, but for most Floridians pool season starts when the weather warms up in the Spring. Will your pool be ready to help you beat the heat?

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