Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tips for Preparing for Mosquito Season with Orkin and a Bug Catching Giveway #LearnwithOrkin

The Bronx Zoo

With temperatures finally starting to heat up, before you know it Summer will be right around the corner which means more time can be spent with your favorite people outdoors. We gladly welcome the evenings where the sun stays up so long the kids are in denial about it being bedtime at 8pm because it's still daylight out. Aren't you looking forward to longer days in the park, enjoying the feeling of sand between your toes at the local beach and trips to explore the beautiful Botanical Gardens and wildlife at the zoo? One thing I AM NOT looking forward to are those pesky mosquitoes! Thanks to the experts at Orkin I'm learning how to keep those nuisances and other pests that surface out of our house.

Disclosure: Opinions expressed are 100% my own & Orkin Rollins Inc supplied us with the materials & product to host this giveaway. 

The Bronx Zoo

Now don't get me wrong, we don't dislike all insects (I'm obsessed with beetles) I'm all for the ones that don't sting or bite and would never want those that do to be a deterrent that would stop my kids from wanting to explore.  One of our favorite experiences while members of a nature club at the Bronx Zoo was an afternoon of searching for creepy crawlies with our tour guides. The kids were supplied with containers to observe their finds as they over turned rocks and tree branches to discover everything from wiggly worms, to spiders and centipedes.  

The Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo

Living in the city, it's not every day that they get to hang out by a river with other kids like mini scientists investigating. I was so happy to see them just being kids, amazed by the insects they had collected with their little hands. As we navigated our way through the trees down to the Bronx River, I was definitely concerned about mosquitoes hovering over this large mass of sitting water.

The Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo

As a kid whenever I'd get bit by a mosquito my mom would say to me "oh that's just because you're so sweet, you have sweet blood" and I'd try my hardest not to scratch them but that's pretty tough not to do as a kid. Aside from just being annoying mosquitoes pose serious health risks, hearing about the Zika virus on the news made so many of my pregnant friends nervous, and rightfully so. 

I've got to tell you, although i'm not surprised (based on the number of mosquito bites my boys had covering their legs and faces last year) I am far from thrilled that New York was listed #5 on the list of top mosquito inhabited cities - surprisingly up 9 places from last year. Is your city ranked?

To help you better prepare yourself and your family to fight the bite, Orkin presents the “Buzzer Beater” app, which features its deep scientific knowledge of mosquitoes. 

The OrKin Man

We've teamed up with Orkin to offer 1 lucky reader The Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kits are fun for the whole family! Each pack includes:
2 Bug Catcher Craft Kits: These awesome DIY bug catcher kits will let your family’s personality shine through while also learning about nature and the world around us. The kits include a variety of foam ladybugs, dragonflies and more!
2 Bug Nets: Explore the great outdoors with these fun mesh insect nets. They can be used to collect and study butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars and many other backyard creatures.
2 See-Through Bug Jars: Reveal the wonders of your backyard with these clear bug jars. Each transparent plastic box has a magnifying lid for better insect viewing. Young explorers love discovering worms, butterflies, ants and insects. These containers allow them to make homes for their new discoveries.
2 Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters: Scratch faces, designs and more on these Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters! A perfect kids' activity for critter lovers, simply scratch away the black coating to reveal vibrant rainbow colors. Includes butterflies, frogs,turtles and more.
Glow-in-the-Dark Creepy Crawlers: Turn off the lights and let them glow! These vinyl glow-in-the-dark bugs are lots of fun for all ages.

To win Enter the Rafflecopter Below

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Entrants must be 18+ and live in the continental U.S. Winners will be announced on May 14th and has 24 hours to respond to announcement email before another winner is chosen.
Each household is only eligible to win Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of Orkin Rollins INC. Bug catching product in photos were provided by the Bronx Zoo & are not in relation to this post.


  1. I didn't know that yellow lights doesn't attract mosquitoes.

  2. I adore bug catcher kits and your kiddos are so cute!! Thanks for the contest. :-)



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