Avoid Summertime Pests During Outdoor GatheringsNPMA Staff
Monday, July 7, 2014
The National Pest Management
Association shares tips on how to reduce pests at picnics or
FAIRFAX Va. - Outdoor get-togethers are common during the summer
months, but more often than not, hosts and guests alike must deal
with pesky party crashers - in the form of ants, flies, mosquitoes
and wasps. The National Pest Management Association offers advice
on how to make the most of the summer season by limiting exposure
to these annoying and sometimes dangerous pests.
"It can be a challenge to avoid pests when spending long periods
of time outdoors, as some are attracted to typical barbeque fare
and others are active at night when people tend to fire up the
grill," said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for
the NPMA. "If people follow some simple tips, like wearing insect
repellant and keeping food covered, they can enjoy the summer
season without worry."
Experts from the NPMA suggest these tips to keep pests from
disrupting summer gatherings:
- Prior to the party, check screen doors and repair any holes.
Once the guests have arrived, remind them to shut the door behind
them to keep pests from entering the home.
- Have plenty of insect repellant containing an EPA-registered
active ingredient like DEET or picaridin for you and your
- Yellowjackets and other stinging insects are attracted to
sweet-smelling fragrances. Avoid using excessive perfume or
cologne, and opt for unscented lotions and sunscreen.
- Provide clear plastic cups for your guests, as aluminum cans
are good hiding spots for stinging insects.
- Adorn your deck or patio with citronella candles that can help
minimize the presence of mosquitoes.
- Plan to serve food and beverages indoors, and reserve outdoor
space for eating and entertaining.
- Clean spills and crumbs immediately from tables and other
- Dispose of trash in tightly closed garbage containers located
away from guests.
- Bring utensils and dishware indoors shortly after the
For more information on summer pests or to find a licensed pest
professional, visit PestWorld.org.
The NPMA, a non-profit organization
with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support
the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of
public health, food and property. For more information, visit PestWorld.org.