Bug Free BBQ
Barbeques can be a source of seasonal fun, but not when pests crash the party.
When the sun is shining and the drinks are cold, you know it’s time to heat up the barbeque, however when pests gatecrash the party, the seasonal fun can be spoiled.
Ants, flies and stinging insects are prevalent in the late summer and early autumn and although often considered a mere annoyance to partygoers, these pests can also bite, sting, carry diseases and contaminate food.
Outdoor events can be tricky enough to plan for due to uncooperative weather and other unpredictable elements. Pest predicaments should not be another worry.
More than just a nuisance, these pests can leave painful bites and transmit diseases, which should compel homeowners to take an active role in their prevention. Simply by taking a few precautions to discourage unwanted pests from spoiling the fun, you and your guests can be left alone to enjoy the summer:
- Serve food and beverages indoors, and reserve outdoor space for eating and entertaining.
- Keep food sealed in containers or covered whenever possible, and wipe tabletops frequently.
- Bring utensils and dishware indoors shortly after the meal.
- Dispose of rubbish in closed rubbish bins and keep receptacles a good distance from where guests are gathered.
- Remove / drain sources of standing water in the garden that could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, including birdbaths and paddling pools.
- When outside, wear insect repellent on exposed skin to prevent mosquito bites.
- Provide clear cups for beverages, as fizzy pop / juice cans are good hiding spots for stinging pests.
- Properly screen doors and windows leading into the home.
- Remind guests to close doors when entering and exiting your home.
By sticking to these few simple steps, you will reduce the impact that garden pests have on your party, and will ensure that you will be left alone to eat, drink and be merry to your heart’s content.
If you’re concerned about an abundance of pests in your garden, contact a licenced pest professional to help control the problem.