It’s summer! There’s fireworks and barbecues and camp-outs. Unfortunately there are also summer pests waiting for us at every one of them. Enjoy your weekend and celebrate the holiday without all the bugs. Follow these simple tips to keep the bugs away while you play!
Keep Repellent on Hand
Having a repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient such as DEET or Picaridin will ward off unwanted insects such as mosquitoes. They are most active at dusk and dawn, so be sure to have plenty repellent to go around.
Repair to Repel
Have a screen with a hole in it? A rain spout not draining properly? Fixing small things around the house could play a big role in keeping pests out and away from your property. Do a check and see what needs a little TLC. Before you throw a party, make sure these things are all in check.
Get Rid of Any Standing Water
Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Anything from a birdbath, to garden pond, to even left over rainwater can attract mosquitoes to your yard. Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance but are known to spread diseases. Take the extra steps to rid your yard of any standing water.
Clean it Up
It’s easy to have a mess or two when it comes to a barque or party. Flies and ants are already attracted to the food and and drinks being served, make sure you don’t make it too easy for them to stick around. Keep everything clean and sanitary by using sealed containers and coolers. Also keep a lid on your trash and take it out frequently.
Watch Out for Stinging Insects
Yellow jackets and other stinging insects are attracted to sugary substances and many different fragrances. Avoid using scented items and if you’re serving drinks make sure to do so in clear cups. Aluminum cans and bottles not only attract the stinging insects but can also conceal them as well.
Use Decor to Deter
Having a party that’s going into the night? Have fun with it! Use tiki torches, citronella candles, and smoke sticks to not only light up your yard, but deter unwanted pests. Another great way to keep them away is to have a fire; invite your guests to make some smores and let the smoke from the fire take care of the rest.
As always, Seitz Brothers is here to protect your family. For over 40 years we’ve been doing just that. We wish you a happy and of course safe holiday weekend!