Fall may be right around the corner, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy Summer barbecues, outdoor parties, and grilling. If you’ve had enough of those irritating little pests bothering you while you’re trying to eat and relax with your family and friends, here’s some helpful tips to get them to bug off.

Whether you’ve been dealing with flies, ants, or stinging insects, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) says you basically have two options … you can either manage your uninvited guests or do your best to prevent them from showing up in the first place.

And according to the Vice President of Public Affairs of the NPMA, Missy Henriksen, there are other more serious drawbacks to summer pests other than general annoyance. Henriksen states, “Not only do the annoy and irritate your guests, but they can also transmit disease and cause painful bites and stings.”

So, what can you do to prevent pests from crashing your summer bashes? Here’s a few helpful tips to get your parties pest free.

Wrap It Up

Your delicious picnic food may make your mouth water, but remember that unwanted pests find it equally as appealing as your guests do. Taking a little time to keep your food safe by placing it in tightly sealed containers will deter insects from trying to get a share as well as keep it fresh all day long.

Clean It Up

Accidents are bound to happen, but don’t let spills sit. Clean up any messes or crumbs as soon as they happen, and make sure you don’t keep trash anywhere near your picnic site.

Sunrise, Sunset

Mosquitos are typically most active in the early morning and late evening, so if you’re planning an outdoor picnic at dusk or dawn, you’d better have some insect repellent handy. Be sure to use one that is EPA approved, and preferrably contains ingredients like Picaridin or Deet.

Close Screen Doors

Your guests may enjoy the outdoors, but that’s no excuse to behave like their born in barn. Ask guests to make sure that they close doors securely as they enter and exit your home, and be sure to inspect and repair any small wholes that you find in your screen doors.

At Green Machine, we make outdoor pest control a main priority. If you’d like more information or would like a free consultation, contact us today.