Family at table for 4th July barbecue

A Pest-Free Fourth of July: BBQ Pest Control Tips

An American flag flowing in the wind.

Like most Americans, you may be celebrating this Fourth of July weekend with food, family and friends. Spending time outdoors is a great way to take advantage of the warm weather Independence Day usually offers. It’s also important to not share your celebration with pests, especially ants, flies and wasps. Nothing ruins a cookout like a wasp sting!

So, Western Exterminator has some home pest control tips to make sure you and your guests have a safe and exciting Fourth of July. Take a look at the tips below and let us know in the comment section of our blog if these worked for you!

1. Keep food and beverages sealed

Thai Traditional Dessert

It wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without BBQ, watermelon, chips and other sweets served at your party. Unfortunately, people aren’t the only ones who love these foods. Insects such as ants and flies love snacking on these foods too.

To prevent food-borne illnesses, we recommend placing food in trays or dishes and then wrapping them in plastic or aluminum foil. It’s also recommended to keep beverage bottles sealed when not in use. Or, you can serve food inside and have your guests eat outside!

2. Remove standing water

Bird Bath

To avoid pesky mosquito bites, make sure standing water is removed from the outdoor eating and socializing areas. Mosquitoes breed in standing water, therefore by removing these breeding areas, you greatly reduce the mosquito population in your yard. This includes emptying bird baths, kiddie pools and flower pots.

3. Empty trash often

Full trash can

Understandably, you’ll want to enjoy the day with guests but don’t forget to take out the trash! Letting trash pile up will let bugs creep into your Fourth of July celebration. You’ll also want to keep trash on the perimeter of your party with trash lids.

4. Plant herbs like, lavender, peppermint or basil.

Hanging Herbs

If you’re looking for a natural way to keep pests away, try planting these herbs in your garden!

  • Lavender – mosquitoes, moths and fleas and flies

  • Basil – flies, mosquitoes

  • Peppermint – mosquitoes, mice, spiders, flies, ants

5. Consider Planning a Daytime BBQ

Group of men having barbecue on decking

Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, so consider planning an outdoor celebration during the day to avoid mosquito bites. If you’re party lingers on to the night, bring out the citronella candles and mosquito spray with DEET.

There are also beneficial garden pests like ladybugs, bees and praying mantis that can protect your yard from harmful insects and reduce the likelihood of damaging pest infestations.

Professional Home Pest Control

When DIY pest control doesn’t work, contact Western Exterminator for professional, effective pest control. Call (888) 444-6138 or fill out our online contact form. And ask us about our pestfree365, year round pest control program which protects your home from the 36 most common household pests.

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