Spring and summer are ideal times for backyard BBQs and cookouts. Don’t let a swarm of wasps or colony of ants ruin your fun! Here are some helpful tips we at Pioneer Pest Management have created to help ensure your outdoor festivities are safe, fun, and pest-free.
1. Wear an Insect Repellent
Most mosquito species are more active at dusk and night, so if your BBQ is planned for the evening, we recommend applying an EPA-approved insect repellent that contains DEET or Picaridin.
2. Eliminate Standing Water
Drain or eliminate sources of standing water in your backyard such as birdbaths or wading pools. Wasps and yellow jackets are attracted to standing water and mosquitoes breed in standing water.
3. Avoid Scented Items
Stinging insects are attracted to sweet-smelling fragrances, if you know you’re going to be outdoors for a while, you may want to avoid using scented bath products, lotions, and perfumes. You may also want to let your guests know as well.
4. Use Clear Plastic Drinkware
Open bottles and aluminum cans of juice or soda will attract flies and wasps, they’re also great hiding places for these pests. Provide your guests with clear plastic cups and make sure they keep them covered to help deter pests.
5. Keep Food Tightly Sealed
In addition to keeping your drinks covered, you’ll also want to keep your food stored in airtight containers. This will not only keep pests away, but it will help keep your food fresh.
6. Maintain Cleanliness
Wasps, flies, yellow jackets, and ants are attracted to protein and sugar so clean up spills and crumbs immediately, and be sure to keep your trash can covered.
7. Serve Food Indoors and Eat Outdoors
As mentioned above, pests are attracted to the proteins, sugars, and scents of your food. If your food is kept indoors, it will be harder for them to smell and harder for them to get to. Just be sure there are no openings in your home for them to enter through.
We hope your BBQs and other outdoor gatherings are successful this spring and summer and if you do have a pest problem, don’t hesitate to contact your local pest control experts! They’ll be able to eliminate those pests quickly and effectively so you can get back to your time outdoors.