Best Haunted Houses For Halloween

In celebration of Halloween, Bite-Lite®, known for its great smelling natural mosquito repellents candles, is putting together a top four list of best haunted halloween houses in the United States.    Everyday we’ll list another ‘must see’ haunted house.  

If we’ve missed your personal favorite, let us know.

Our number one Halloween attraction, also featured on The Travel Channel, The Wheather Channel, USA Today, and other national publications is….

Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride and Pennhurst Asylum Haunted Attraction in Philadelphia, PA:  This Haunted Hayride is located deep in a 200-year-old forest full of overgrown trees, creating the ultimate dark trail, even during a full moon.   With over 75 actors and 25 scenes, it’s no wonder this hayride is always at the top of every top 10 haunted house list. www.thebatesmotel.com    The Pennhurst Asylum is one of the scariest haunted attraction sites in the world, mostly due to the setting of this haunt.   It’s located in a 100-year-old, abandoned mental institute. www.PennhurstAsylum.com Bates Motel and Pennhurst Asylum are owned and operated by the same company and are within a short drive of each other.   These attractions are worth the trip for a scary time.

It’s still warm enough to barbeque or just have friends over for Halloween.   With the unseasonably warm weather and the recent rains, mosquitoes are still out on the prowl.   Stay protected with Bite-Lite® Natural Mosquito Repellent Candles available at your local Retailer or on our Products page.

Frosty The Mosquito

Mosquitoes Are Hibernating.

With 200 species of mosquitoes in North America and over 2500 species worldwide, we should have guessed they would evolve and conquer the cold weather.

Mosquitoes, like all insects, are cold-blooded creatures.   As a result, their body temperatures are the same as their surroundings.   In temperate climates, adult mosquitoes become inactive with the onset of cool weather and enter hibernation to live through the winter.   In spring, the females emerge from hibernation, find a blood meal, and lay their eggs.

Some Mosquitoes can lay eggs which can survive extreme weather, such as cold, ice and draught.   Rains produced by Spring rains, melting snow, and ice will cause eggs to hatch.   These mosquitoes can be hardier than most species.

In warmer climates of the Southeast and Gulf, mosquitoes can thrive year round.

Since mosquitoes are vigilant year round, we need to stay on our game.   Stay protected with Bite-Lite® Natural Mosquito Repellent Candles, available from your local Retailer or on our Product page.

Make The Day Count~

It’s Still Mosquito Season

The summer is over and the days are getting cooler. Is it time to pack away  Bite-Lite’s Natural Mosquito Repellent Candles for the season?   Annapolis, MD, Department of Health officials are saying it’s unusual for the mosquito population to be so heavy at this time of year.   The cooler temperatures and fewer daylight hours usually kill off insects.   However, the soggy days of late summer and early fall have spawned a thirsty, swarming mosquito population.    “We have several large broods of mosquitoes developing this time of year, when we’d normally expect [the mosquitoes] to be in decline.”

This means that despite the cooler temperatures, you need to protect yourself from mosquito bites.   This news was also true this week in Massachusetts when the MA Department of Health announced week that mosquitoes with the West Nile virus had been identified in and around the Marblehead area.

When you go outside, take caution.   Light up Bite-Lite Mosquito Repellent Candles, available at local Retailers and on our Products page.

Make The Day Count!

Enjoy An Old Fashion Country Fair

As Labor Day approaches, County and State Fairs are just getting started.   Produce has had a full season to grow and it’s now time to bake that blue ribbon pie.   We all know about our own local fairs and festivals, but where do we turn for options outside your environs?

You can check out the calendar at County Fairgrounds.   Type in the name of the state you’re interested in, click enter, and start making your plans for the weekend. htpt://www.countyfairgrounds.net/calendar.html

Our personal favorite fair is the Big E, in Springfield MA, also known as The Eastern States Exposition. http://www.thebige.com/fair/

The Big E is billed as “New England‘s Great State fair, representing all six of the New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.   Each of these New England states are prominently represented at the Big E which happens to be the 6th largest agricultural fair in the country.

Enjoy the season.   Visit the fairs.   When you get home, light up Bite-Lite® Natural Mosquito Repellent Candles, and take a cool drink out onto the porch.   Keep the mosquitoes at a distance.   The season isn’t over until the first frost.   Look for our natural repellents candles at your local retailer or find them  on our online store.

Give us a shout with your favorite County or State Fair.   Tell us why its special to you.

Happy Hour for Mosquitoes

So many things in life are acquired tastes with personal preferences.   It seems mosquitoes are no different.

The IRD Research Centre in France recently held a closed environment study in Burkina Faso, Africa to define mosquito determining factors.   Half of the participants in the study were given water to drink and the other half beer.   Beer consumption on the part of the participants consistently increased their attractiveness to mosquitoes.

While it was determined that the change in breath may have been a factor, it was also noted that it could be learned behavior, since a host under the influence may have slower reflexes.   Bottom-line, if you’ve had a few beers, you are less likely to swat at a pesky mosquito!

With so many variables, the one thing we can be sure of are Bite-Lite® Natural Mosquito Repellent Candles. These mosquito candles are the most effective, natural deterrents to mosquitoes.   They are elegant and smell great, too.    Find them at your local Retailer or shop now on our Products page.    https://www.bite-lite.com

Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring

Ready to get excited about your first trip to the garden nursery?    Before going, you need to review what you already have and what you would like to have growing in your yard, on your deck or patio.   Do you have good food, water, and shelter sources for the plants and animals that inhabit your garden/yard area?

With paper and pencil in hand, sketch out what you had in place from last year.   Make notes on what grew well and what needs to be replaced due to various growing issues.   Do you recall where the problem areas were last year?    Can you replace shrubs or plants that are wildlife friendly?    Is it a native in your region?

Native plants are already adapted to your climate.   They are easily found at your nurseries and require less soil preparation, fewer chemicals, and use less water.   Beautiful native plants from The American Beauties™ Native Plant collection are low-maintenance and attract wildlife and beneficial pollinators like butterflies, bees, and birds

Check out the upcoming gardening seminars, free classes offered by the County Extension offices and order nursery and seed catalogs now.    Spring planting is right around the corner….

Remember to stock up on Bite-Lite® Natural Mosquito Repellent Candles for those summer celebrations in the backyard.

2011 HOME AND GARDEN SHOWS

2011 HOME AND GARDEN SHOWS – GET NEW IDEAS

Home and Garden shows are great places to get all sorts of good backyard patio and garden ideas. Experience what’s new in Home, Gardening, Remodeling, Home Decor, and More!  You will be able to see, touch, try out and learn about products and services for your home and garden needs.

The big home shows are usually held in the major and some minor cities throughout the USA.   Most 2011 home and garden shows will take place in January, February, or March and they are right around the corner. For details regarding the bigger home shows, go to http://www.festivals-and-shows.com/home-shows.html

Home and garden shows are great places to find new products, talk to local businesses, and to get lots of ideas for your patio, garden, and home.   If you are thinking of hiring someone to redesign your backyard or patio or build a new one for you, the home show is a good place to go to locate and talk to builders and contractors.

Some home shows are free and others charge a small fee.   In some cases, you can even get discounted tickets by buying them early online.   Check out the home shows in your city via their websites and see whether they offer discounted tickets.

Check out the Home and Garden Shows to see and learn about the latest in horticultural, gardening, outdoor living, and landscaping needs.   Hundreds of experts are on hand to answer your questions. Get answers. Be inspired!