Now that summer is finally here, nothing beats a day in the yard with family and friends. From pool parties and tailgates to backyard cookouts and parties on the patio, outdoor entertaining is the highlight of the summer for many moms, including myself.
While the kids run wild and burgers sizzle on the grill, parents are finally able to relax a little and enjoy the warm weather and exceptional company. In the midst of planning the perfect gathering, it is important to remember that pests love a party as much as the rest of us.
Before pulling out the lawn darts or packing up the coolers, every party planner should take a few easy and proactive steps to avoid unwanted pests crashing the festivities and sending guests running for the door. These are also great tips to keep in mind in the midst of Brewers tailgate season and summertime picnics!
Here are a few DIY summer entertaining tips from my friends at Wil-Kil Pest Control to help get the party started (and keep it going!):
Check for holes, rips and tears in screens and windows, repairing or replacing them when necessary
Use low pressure and sodium vapor lights outdoors. Certain light bulbs will attract insects including fluorescent, halogen, incandescent, mercury vapor and some LED lights
Eliminate standing water as it serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests
Change water in birdbaths and wading pools once or twice a week; Monitor sprinkling systems
Stinging insects send half a million people to the emergency room every year. Wasps are attracted to fragrances, so avoid using fragrant candles as party decorations. Also, distance fragrant flowering plants from the event area.
Do not allow weeds to grow uncontrolled near the home
Unclog rain gutters and keep flat roofs dry
Apply appropriate insecticide to shrubs, flowers and grassy areas
Provide insect repellent for guests and have citronella candles, tiki torches, etc. on hand
If guests are going in and out of the house, make sure to shut the doors
Keep food and drinks covered and sealed
Cans and bottles make perfect hiding places for stinging insects – keep them sealed whenever possible
Clean up spills right away
Serve food indoors if possible
Bring dishware and utensils indoors right away