5 Tips to Enjoy a Pest-Free Backyard BBQ

With the welcome arrival of long sunny days, people across the country will be gathering outdoors to partake in summertime fun. However, nothing ruins a backyard barbecue like pests!

Apply an Insect Repellent

Most mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, so if planning a barbecue before sunset, be sure to have plenty of insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient like DEET or Picaridin available for you and your guests.

Deter Stinging Insects

Yellow jackets and other stinging insects are attracted to many fragrances, so avoid using scented items. Also provide clear plastic cups for your guests, as aluminum cans and plastic bottles are good hiding spots for stinging insects.

Patch It Up

Prior to the party, check screen doors and windows and repair any holes that could grant mosquitoes and stinging insects entry into the home. Once guests have arrived, remind them to shut the door behind them in order to keep pests out.

Keep It Clean

Ants and flies are attracted to barbecue fare, so take steps to keep food safe and sanitary by using tightly sealed containers or coolers. Additionally, be sure to clean trash, crumbs and spills from picnic tables immediately.

Drain Standing Water

Remove or drain sources of standing water in your yard that could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, including birdbaths, wading pools or garden ponds. Doing so will help keep your yard free of these pests, which can spread dangerous diseases like West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

By following these tips, you and your guests can enjoy all summer has to offer without feeling bugged! If you continuously notice pest problems in your backyard, contact a professional to properly identify the problem and determine the best course of treatment.

By:  National Pest Management Association

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