If you are getting married or hosting an event this fall in New Jersey, read our tips below to get rid of unexpected event crashers like mosquitoes and ticks!
As we get closer to the fall, and more dry, cool weather, it becomes a popular time for gorgeous outdoor New Jersey weddings and events. According to The Knot, 44 to 47 percent of New Jersey weddings are occurring in the fall. New Jersey also offers many beautiful outside locations including beaches, barns and open fields. It seems like a New Jersey wedding planned for the outdoors would be a dream come true, however, something that could throw a wrench in your plans would be uninvited wedding crashers – in the form of ticks and mosquitoes.
You may think since the summer is winding down that ticks are as well, but it’s actually quite the opposite. Ticks are seasonal pests and you should know which seasons that they are typically active. The adult stages of the Black-Legged tick begin to become active as the weather changes from summer to fall. In the Northeastern U.S., adult stage ticks start to become abundant in early October, and they will remain active through the winter as long as the temperatures are above freezing and the ground is not frozen or covered by snow.
Mosquitoes don’t just disappear when fall comes around either. It takes several days of below 50-degree weather for mosquitoes to start becoming less active. The average temperature in late fall in New Jersey is 55 degrees, meaning that we could end up seeing mosquitoes for a lot longer than anyone would want.
The good news is there are several things you can do to combat these event crashers head on. For mosquitoes, keep in mind what time of day they are most likely to strike. Your guests are most likely to be bit between dusk and dawn, so you might want to schedule your festivities to avoid those hours. Include small fans around your venue to keep the air circulating and the mosquitoes away. Make sure there is no standing water in the area around any merriment, prior to your event. Include flowers around your venue that typically repel mosquitoes like lavender, marigolds and citronella.
Of course, the only way to feel fully prepared in fighting against these wedding pests would be to get your yard or venue sprayed by one of our Mosquito Joe professionals. We recommend getting the outdoor space sprayed several days before your event. Mosquito Joe of Robbinsville-Jackson would love to come to your event location, in advance, to apply a barrier spray that will ensure that your guests don’t suffer mosquito bites. Dry within 30 minutes and applied well before food is prepared, special event sprays provide protection throughout the day, from setup to the last dance – giving you less details to worry about.