Vibrant perennial flowers known for their sunny blossoms, chrysanthemums often find work decorating a home or jazzing up a garden. However, beneath their bright exteriors lurks a dark secret: the flowers are stone-cold mosquito killers. These horticultural hit men often partner with the pest-control professionals at MosquitoNix, who transform the plants into a plant-based pest assassin that is safe around pets, kids, and other foliage.
Since their founding in 2003—the same year the Mosquito-Human Armistice of 1983 expired—MosquitoNix has been helping families reclaim their backyards. The company's licensed specialists decamp commercial and residential sites around the globe, where they address mosquito problems depending on the needs of each location. They deliver one-time fogging treatments, for instance, in preparation for upcoming outdoor parties. They also install fully automated misting systems, whose daily sprays from concealed nozzles repel not only mosquitos, but also other annoyances such as flies, fleas, and spiders selling magazine subscriptions.
Featured on ESPN, MTV, the Today show, and numerous other media outlets, Fathead’s high-definition images of athletes, team logos, mascots, and stadiums turn vertical surfaces into full-fledged fan meccas. Unlike posters or framed photographs, the images’ high-grade tear- and fade-resistant vinyl adheres directly to the wall without the need for nails or tape. The low-tack adhesive that backs each Fathead makes it easy to remove and relocate stars such as Tom Brady to any smooth surface, allowing his likeness to infuse game rooms with playoff excitement or act as a scarecrow during troublesome Baltimore Raven infestations. The store’s stock even goes beyond athletics, as Fatheads of musicians, cartoon characters, and artistic images add personalized flair to kids’ rooms or living areas.
On Jekyll Island, waves lick the 10 miles of beaches as kayaks cut through the salty water, cyclists roll over 20 miles of paved trails, and riders on horseback clop through hushed maritime forests. All visitors to the barrier island can partake in myriad active, relaxing, or educational activities while immersed in its lush natural landscapes, where dunes give way to beaches filled with hermit crabs and shell collecting and where birders clutch binoculars to examine avian habitats and decode gulls' sign language. The island's public golf club, open since 1898, hosts two 18-hole courses and one 9-hole course on manicured greens and rolling terrain. In the summer, the Summer Waves Water Park provides a cool escape from the heat with six slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river. For indoor adventurers, exhibits at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center illuminate the lives of the shelled reptiles, and a museum preserves relics of the wealthy families who used the island as their gilded getaway and a place to bury their expired money. The Jekyll Island Authority oversees all conservation and development on the idyllic island, existing to continually improve the park and its amenities.
Culling from a lengthy list of quality vendors, Absolute Fabrics and Home dolls up area domiciles with furniture, accents, and home décor. Tables can guard their precious finishes by strewing a set of six recycled coasters ($22) that pave a path around the shapely Juliska pewter-finish bowl ($38). Surround memories in artful design with picture frames adorned with turquoise flowers ($24), ringed with stripes ($22.50), or hewn from silver and bone ($48). Potted silk hydrangeas ($38) proffer perennial interior foliage, and an elegant Kim Seybert coral votive holder ($48), crafted out of gilded beads, cradles delicate flames in oceanic arms that evoke peaceful tide pools and clown-fish hotels.
A fire truck full of high-spirited children may sound like a field trip gone awry, but Celebration Party Rental sets this scene safely for youngsters jump and play in truck-shaped bounce houses. The party-supply company’s array of inflatables extends to designs that resemble a princess’s castle or come adorned with stills from Pixar’s Cars. The spray of a hose converts its various inflatable slides into waterslides. To complement these instant-carnival scenes, the business supplies popcorn poppers and other concessions equipment.
At Home adorns humans and their domiciles with an elegant spread of beach-inspired accents. Mounted wall art and snapshot-hungry picture frames cling to the boutique’s creamy walls ($18–$80), bracketing caches of artisanal gifts ($10+) and reclaimed-wood furnishings. Delicate hand-painted sea creatures frolic across glazed platters and stemware ($30–$100), and clusters of Archipelago bodycare products coddle and moisturize sun-kissed land-dwellers ($20+). Fragrant rainbows of Trapp candles peer out of a-framed boxes, mustering their forces for up to fifty hours of ambrosial incineration ($25). Crown a favorite hostess or visiting auditor with wreathes of eclectic jewelry ($20–$200) or rifle through treasure troves of baby apparel for giggle-inducing gifts. After a rousing browse, shoppers can throw on sartorial cover-ups ($30) and strut six blocks to the sandy catwalk.