Tips for Pest-Free Summer BBQs
1. Apply Insect Repellent
Choose one that contains DEET, Picaridin or other EPA-registered active ingredients for maximum effectiveness.
2. Go Fragrance-Free
Stinging insects such as yellowjackets are drawn to sweet scents. If you’re going to be outdoors, avoid the use of colognes, lotions and other products with a distinctive fragrance.
3. Use Clear Plastic Cups
Glass bottles and aluminum cans make handy lurking spots for bees and wasps, which are attracted to sweet, sticky beverages.
4. Repair Screen Doors and Windows
There’s often a lot of traffic going back and forth between the house and the backyard. Make sure any holes are repaired and ask everyone to make sure they close doors behind them to prevent easy access for insects.
5. Clean as You Go
Even the smallest spill or trail of crumbs will seem like a buffet to hungry pests. Clean all surfaces immediately and keep food containers tightly sealed.
6. Drain Standing Water
Mosquitoes love dampness. If your yard has birdbaths, wading pools or other objects filled with brackish water, drain them to eliminate this potential haven for mosquitoes, which can spread disease.
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