The summertime is the peak season for backyard barbecues. But if you're not careful, your cookout could become a feast for mosquitoes, flies, bees, and family and friends. Here are a few tips to keep pests at bay while you enjoy the outdoors:
Remove Standing Water
You might notice mosquitoes hanging around puddles, ponds, and pools of still water, but do you know why? It's because that is where they lay their eggs. So not only is your broken water fountain attracting fully grown mosquitoes, but it's also the perfect place for new mosquitoes to grow.
This doesn't mean you need to get rid of all of the water features in your yard; just make sure the water in it is constantly circulating so that eggs can't settle and grow. We recommend running fountains, waterfalls, etc.
Avoid Food Exposure
Flies, bees, and plenty of other pests are attracted to human food. Keep food indoors until you're ready to eat, and when it's not being served, keep it covered and sealed so animals and pests can't get to it.
If you know that the mosquitos are swarming in the yard when you're planning to have a backyard BBQ, then make sure to lather up with mosquito repellent. We also recommend lighting some citronella candles. Not only will this add to the coziness of your gathering, but the fumes are great for keeping mosquitoes away.
Follow these tips and stay on top of your preventative pest control, and you won't have any issues when it comes to keeping your celebrations pest free! If you want to schedule a pest control appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (800) 836-3089 for assistance!