Grilling is one of the best parts of summer, but you don’t want bugs and rodents showing up to ruin your afternoon barbecue. At Action Pest Exterminating we can help you deal with these annoying pests, and we also want to give you the knowledge you need to prevent an infestation to begin with. Follow our advice and you’ll be able to keep on cooking outdoors well into the fall each year without having to worry about unwanted guests showing up, hungry for whatever you’re cooking up.
Best practices for keeping the pests away:
Keep Food and Beverages in Coolers
There’s no good reason to leave out food that you’re not cooking or getting ready to cook. Keep your food and drinks in sealed coolers when they’re not being consumed. Blocking the smell of food and drinks can reduce the attraction of pests.
Bring Cooked Food Inside
Hanging out on the deck is part of the appeal of grilling or cooking outside, but bringing that food inside and serving it there once it’s done can help reduce the number of pests who are attracted to your get-together. Cook outside, serve inside, and head back out to drink and eat a good meal on the deck or patio. This also prevents flies or other bugs from landing on uneaten food. You definitely don’t want that burger after a fly crawled all over it.
Clean Up as You Go
Clean up garbage as you go and don’t leave out uneaten food or half-full, sugary beverages. You might as well send the pests an invite at the point. Get rid of any refuse quickly and keep the garbage cans far away from the party, because flies, yellowjackets, and other bugs could be attracted to it as the night goes on.
Make Anti-Pest Preparations
Take a look around your yard and ask yourself “Does this make a good breeding ground for bugs and pests?” If the answer is yes, due to standing water where mosquitoes could breed or clutter where bugs could make their nests, it’s time to do a cleanup. It’s easier to avoid pests when you’re cooking outside if they’re not taking up residence in your yard to begin with. Adding some citronella candles to your deck can also help, especially if you plan on gathering past dusk. Mosquitoes are more active then, so these could help you repel most of them.
Call in a Pro
If you’re still having issues, calling in a professional rodent or pest control expert is the way to go. You might not be able to handle the problem on your own and you shouldn’t be handling dangerous pesticides or chemicals anyway. If you aren’t careful, you could end up making your outdoor eating space more dangerous.
Pest and Rodent Control in Charlotte, NC
If you do run into a problem, we offer rodent and pest control Charlotte, NC residents can rely on. Contact Action Pest Exterminating if you need help dealing with an outdoor bug problem and we’ll get right on it, tailoring our pest control solutions to your specific problem and safely taking care of everything for you. Don’t let pests ruin your outdoor cooking fun!