Prevent Pests From Crashing Your Summer BBQNPMA Staff
Monday, July 25, 2011
Picnics and barbeques are frequent occurrences during the summer
months, when weekends, holidays, and vacations are often cause for
celebration with family and friends. More often than not, hosts and
guests alike must deal with pesky party crashers, in the form of ants, flies and stinging insects.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds homeowners
that there are several ways to show those pests the door, or even
prevent them from showing up altogether.
"Nothing ruins summertime fun like ants, flies, mosquitoes,
wasps and other stinging insects," said Missy Henriksen, vice
president of public affairs for NPMA. "Not only do they annoy and
irritate your guests, but they can also transmit disease and cause painful
bites and stings."
The NPMA recommends the following steps to avoid a pest-filled
picnic or barbeque:
- Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, so if you are
planning a barbeque before sunset, plan on having plenty of insect
repellant containing an EPA-registered active ingredient like DEET
or Picaridin available for you and your guests. Adorn your deck or
patio with citronella candles, and wear long sleeves or pants to
- Ants and flies are attracted to barbeque fare, so take steps to
keep food safe by using tightly sealed containers or coolers. Also,
be sure to clean trash, crumbs, and spills from picnic tables
immediately. Store all trash away from the party and always keep
your garbage bins covered.
- Yellow jackets and other stinging insects are attracted to
fragrances from shampoo, perfume, and candles - not to mention food
and drink. Avoid using scented items beforehand and provide clear
plastic cups for your guests as aluminum cans and plastic bottles
are good hiding spots for stinging insects.
- Prior to the party, check screen doors and repair any holes.
Once the guests have arrived, remind them to shut the door behind
them in order to keep pests from entering your home.
For more information or to find a professional, visit
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