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Beat Bugs at Your BBQ with Eugene Pest Management Tips

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Insects are the ultimate summer BBQ crashers. The smell that comes from your grill is hypnotic; sweet drinks are irresistible; and water becomes the perfect thirst quencher. Eugene pest management for your cookout starts with pest prevention tricks you can implement before, during and after your outdoor festivities.

Common BBQ Crashers

Mosquitoes: The bloodsuckers of the group, mosquitoes are attracted standing water, like birdbaths, puddles or water features whose pumps don’t run. In addition to making you itch, some mosquitoes are carriers of the West Nile virus.

Ants: The classic BBQ and picnic crasher, ants are attracted to easily accessible food.

Flies: Any type of food, even if it’s rotten, attracts flies. The problem with flies is that you never know where they’ve been. The neighbor’s diaper-filled trash can could easily have been the previous stop.

Wasps: Wasps like sugary foods, but they love meat even more. These insects have the ability to smell meat from far away.

How to Beat Bugs at Your BBQ

  • Pair every serving platter with a lid or mesh dome so insects can’t get into or touch down on the food.
  • If your festivities are outside, serve your BBQ treats indoors.
  • Make sure the screens that cover your doors and windows are intact. Replace or repair those that are broken.
  • Eliminate all sources of standing water.
  • Clean up crumbs and spills immediately.
  • Use lidded trash cans for all of your food waste.
  • Cover open beverage containers with upside-down cupcake liners. Poke a hole in the liner and insert a straw for your guests.
  • Immediately rinse empty beverage containers that you plan to recycle or throw away.
  • If you’re partying outside, immediately return dirty dishes to the kitchen.

A great way to prevent a pest invasion at your BBQ is with the cooperation of your neighbors. With the help of a pest control company, Eugene residents can educate themselves and their neighbors about the most common local pests as well as their prevention and control techniques. Alternatively, you can have a Eugene pest management expert inspect your home for possible pest problems. Eden provides free home inspections, and our Natural Choice Program can help control infestations with organic products.

[ Photo by: nate steiner, on Flickr, via CC License ]

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