In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basic tips on preventing pests from invading your outdoor meals on your property. Both due to recent societal events and the time of year, such outdoor meals are highly common during this period, especially while the weather remains good.
At Bug Busters, we’re happy to provide a wide range of both commercial and residential pest control services, from full-on exterminations of a pest infestation on your property to basic expertise on how to avoid these instances – including for families or groups who enjoy outdoor meals and want to not only steer clear of annoying bugs, but also want to be sure they don’t create any additional pest risks in their home or on their property. Todays part two will feature a few
In certain cases, the odors of your food and the simple realities of your outdoor space will make certain highly common pests tough to eliminate completely. Insects like mosquitoes, bees and other flying pests will be attracted by the food and will want to try and nip some away.
In these situations, your best bet is often specific pest repellant. This does not have to be a high-chemical spray that will mess with your food – rather, there are plenty of natural repellant sources available, from candles to citrus-flavored sprays (most bugs hate citrus) and more. If you’re in a pinch, you can even leave some citrus peels nearby and run a fan near them to ward off insects.
If you like to eat your meals a bit later in the evening, one thing to consider is the lighting your property uses. LED lights will attract moths, flies and other insects, so you should be sure these aren’t too close to where you eat outdoors. Instead, move them a bit higher or further away from the eating location – or consider switching to vapor lighting, which doesn’t attract pests the same way.
Grass and Plant Care
Finally, one tip that’s beneficial both for outdoor meals and in general for your landscape is keeping grass and plants trimmed and cared for. Many pests need a space to nest or hide while they search out food sources or other locations on your property, and overgrown grass or shrubs will be some of their top choices in many cases. Both home and business owners should be keeping an eye on these areas, not only for aesthetic value but also because of the haven they provide for pests.
For more on how to prevent pests from invading your outdoor meals, or to learn about any of our pest control or exterminator services, speak to the staff at Bug Busters today.