Tips for Keeping Pests Away From Your Summer BBQs

During the warmer months, many people love spending more time outdoors with their friends and family members. Summer is a time for picnics and barbecues. Unfortunately, the warmth also draws out many different types of pests, including ants, stinging insects, mosquitoes and others. Thankfully, it is possible to enjoy your barbecue without having to deal with annoying pests, allowing you to reclaim your yard.

Use Repellant

When you are planning a barbecue, make certain to liberally spray yourself and your loved ones with insect repellants that contain DEET. Have some extra repellant available for your guests to use. If your barbecue is planned during the evening hours, you should also plan to place citronella candles on the railing of your deck your citronella torches around your outdoor table. This can help to keep mosquitoes away so that you and your guests can enjoy socializing with each other in peace.

Save the Perfume for Another Time

Many insects, including yellowjackets, are attracted by the scent of perfume. It is best to avoid using perfume if you are hosting a barbecue or planning to attend one. Opt for clear plastic drinks instead of cans for drinks. Stinging insects are attracted to drinks and may attempt to hide inside of cans.

Repair Your Screens

During a barbecue, you will likely have guests wandering in and out of your home. In order to keep the bugs outside, make certain that everyone closes the doors behind them as they go in and out. Check your screens and repair any that are torn before your event.

Take Care of the Trash

Pests are attracted to food debris and trash. Make sure that you have trash containers that are kept away from where you and your guests will be seated and that they have lids. Promptly remove debris and trash from the table and place them in the receptacles. Wipe up any food spills when they happen. Before tossing cans or bottles into the trash, rinse them out with water.

Eliminate Standing Water Sources

Standing water provides a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests. Eliminate the sources of standing water that you have in your yard. You may want to drain birdbaths and wading pools to keep these insects away.

Have Your Lawn Treated

You can eliminate many pest problems by having your lawn treated during the warm months. This can help to greatly reduce the populations of mosquitoes and other pests that both annoy you and threaten your health. Orange Environmental Services uses an environmentally friendly spray to treat lawns so that they remain free of pests while also being green and beautiful. With the right steps, you can enjoy your summer barbecues without worrying about bugs.

Contact Orange Environmental Services and let our pest professionals take care of all your pest problems!

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