It’s summer, which means that barbecue season is in full swing. It is always fun to have family and friends over for conversation, fun, and of course, food! It will take some planning to pull off the best barbecue ever. Planning the perfect menu, selecting the right theme, and getting the invitations sent all take time, but in the end, if it goes smoothly, your perfectly planned barbecue will be a night that you will long remember.
One thing that you will want to remember when planning your barbecue is that you will need to protect your family and friends from unwanted pests like mosquitoes, ants, and stinging insects; and you will want to protect your home from the foraging rodents like mice and rats that would be more than happy to help you with cleanup if you decide to leave that detail for the next morning!
There are a few things that you can do to help keep pests at bay while you are hosting guests and to keep them at bay while you clean up afterward. The first thing to consider is finding ways to keep pests from being interested in your property in the first place. When pests are allowed to live and breed on your property, there will be plenty around to interrupt your feasting fun.
Tips to avoid attracting pests to your property include:
Keep your lawn cut short.
Trim bushes, shrubs, and trees.
Keep foliage and flowers away from your foundation.
Create a barrier between your lawn and any woodlands by utilizing crushed stone or rocks.
Make sure compost piles, firewood, bird feeders, and gardens are all kept a distance away from your home and keep those areas neat.
Pick up fallen fruit and vegetables from your gardens and/or fruit trees. These attract bees, mice, and other insects.
Keep trash in cans with tightly fitting lids and have it removed regularly.
Keep prepared food covered when not serving, and make sure to pick up all leftovers promptly.
Contact a trusted pest professional for a one-time pest control service before your big event; or better yet, set up a year-round pest control plan for your property to avoid pests throughout the entire year.
Don’t allow insects like mosquitoes, wasps, or ants to ruin your summer fun when effective, environmentally responsible pest control services are only a phone call away! The trusted pest control experts at All-American Pest Control have the tools, training, and expertise to handle your one-time pest control needs or to protect your property all year long with reliable year-round services. Give us a call today to learn more about any of our residential pest control solutions.