PUBLISHED ON August 23rd, 2012
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.
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.
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.