Summer Barbeques Attract Unwelcome PestsNPMA Staff
Thursday, July 9, 2009
By NPMA Staff
According to research conducted by the National Pest Management
Association in 2005, 67% of homeowners are most concerned about
pests during the summer. Barbeque season begins when the
temperature heats up, the same time that insects become the most
active. These prevalent summer pests can cause painful stings and
carry diseases, as well as becoming a nuisance for you and your
If ants, mosquitoes and wasps aren't on the guest list for your
barbeque this summer, the National Pest Management Association
recommends taking these precautions to discourage those unwanted
pests from attending:
- Ants are attracted to typical barbeque fare. Plan to serve food
and beverages indoors, and reserve outdoor space for eating and
entertaining. Keep food sealed in containers whenever possible, and
wipe tabletops frequently. Bring utensils and dishware indoors
shortly after the meal. Rinse all beverage bottles and cans, and
dispose of them in tightly closed garbage containers.
- Mosquitoes feed on blood, causing painful bite marks and
carrying diseases such as Malaria, Yellow Fever, and Encephalitis.
Remove or drain any sources of standing water in your yard that
could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, including birdbaths,
wading pools, or garden ponds. When outside, wear insect repellent
on exposed skin to prevent mosquito bites.
- Wasp stings can be painful and even send guests with allergies
to the emergency room. Avoid decorating with fragrant candles or
planting fragrant flowers that may attract wasps.
- Ensure all doors and windows in your home have mesh screens
that are in good condition, and keep doors closed when possible so
pests cannot enter your home.
If you're still concerned about an abundance of pests in your
yard, contact a licensed pest professional to help control the
problem. A pest professional can identify, treat and remove
pest-breeding grounds, allowing your guests to enjoy their
hamburgers and hot dogs in comfort.