We’ve talked about tailgating and the upcoming football season – we’re pretty confident in saying it’s grillin’ time. Everyone loves a good barbecue or freshly made hot dogs at a tailgate, but no one loves the 6-8 legged insects that often come with. Here are some ideas on how to keep your get-togethers pest free:
- Apply Insect Repellant- This one might be a given but it’s still important. Mosquitoes are most active when the sun is setting (aka game time), so if you’re planning a gathering around sunset, be sure to have plenty of effective repellant already applied and readily available for second coats and other guests. If you aren’t sure which one to get, check out our blog on our sister publication for Consumer Reports recommended repellants.
- Frequently Drain Standing Water- Mosquitoes breed in standing water of any kind. Walk around your property and drain any source that could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, including birdbaths, dog bowls (refill with fresh water for the pups), wheelbarrows, etc.
- Fix Those Screens- Go around each window and door with screens and repair any holes that could invite mosquitoes or other insects into the home. Try leaving a polite note for your guests to make sure the door closes behind them.
- Keep It Clean- It’s no secret that many insects (like people) are attracted to food, so take the extra steps to keep food safe by using tightly sealed containers and coolers. Be the hostess with the mostess and no bugs by doing your best to clean trash, crumbs and spills immediately.
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