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Bugs And Barbecues Don't Mix


Bugs and BBQ’s.  It sounds like a great title for a reality TV show.  Can’t you just see it now? The producers set up scenes where huge swarms of mosquitoes attack, or oodles of bees dive bomb guests and sting to their hearts content, or perhaps ginormous ants carry off the steak and the watermelon while the guests stand helplessly by.  While all of that seems like a bit of overkill, the truth is that it doesn’t take many pests to ruin a perfectly good barbecue. 

It’s hard to believe that the heart of summer is about to be kicked off with the approaching 4th of July holiday only days away.  If you are like most people, this holiday has sprung upon you almost unaware of its pending arrival, and you are now rushing about to make final preparations.  As you purchase your red, white, and blue this year, don’t forget to consider pests – or, should I say – how to keep pests from ruining your holiday BBQ or picnic.​

When trying to avoid stings and bites or trying to keep food from being contaminated by insects, there are a few common sense items that you must add to your pre-holiday checklist.

  • When you are picking out that new perfect outfit for the festivities, be sure to choose one that has more white rather than red and blue.  Mosquitoes are drawn to darker colors.  You will certainly be on their menu if you choose the opposite. 
  • Try to plan activities around the mosquito ‘biting hours’ of early morning and early evening. 
  • Set up strategically placed fans around your deck or yard to create a breeze if there is no natural source.  Mosquitoes are poor flyers and keeping a slight breeze will deter their presence.
  • Make sure you do a last minute check around your property and home for any signs of those stinging insects, their hives or their nests.
  • When preparing food, be sure to consider ways to keep food covered as much as possible and only place food outside during mealtime. 
  • Make sure to clean up all food and beverage areas as soon as mealtime is completed.  Keep desserts covered in containers with tight fitting lids.
  • Set up a clean-up area for guests to wash off that bbq sauce and lemon meringue.  Insects like yellow jackets will be attracted to those sticky fingers.
  • Be sure to wear (and to offer your guests) an insect repellent that contains at least 20% DEET.
  • While using citronella candles and torches can be marginally helpful in warding off mosquitoes, they are smelly and can be a turn off.   Contact a professional pest control company for a one-time treatment or year-round protection.

Certainly the most effective, scent free, and non-invasive way to avoid bugs at your holiday BBQ is to call a professional.  If you live in Missouri or Western Illinois, consider giving Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions a call.  I know time is short, but we can often fit in a same or next day service for you.  Whether you choose a one-time treatment to protect your loved ones for this all-important summer event, or the year-round peace of mind that comes from one of our affordable year-round pest protection plans, you will rest easy knowing that your main event will be free of those nuisance and sometimes dangerous insects.  You can be sure that with over 60 years of successful and safe pest control and with the coveted QualityPro certification, the experts at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions can protect you, your home, and your guests this holiday and beyond.  From our family to yours - have a safe, happy, and healthy 4th of July!

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