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Your Guide to Pest Free Barbecues


This is the time of year to fire up the barbecue. Some of us light it up every weekend. Some of us light it up every day. But, whether you're someone who enjoys an occasional cookout, or daily grilling, this article is for you.

There are many pest issues that can arise from having cookouts in your backyard. Those pests can drive you crazy while you're enjoying a meal off the grill, or that can drive you crazy when you're not even grilling. Some pests, like raccoons, squirrels, and opossums will be drawn into your yard because of the smells emanating from your grill or exterior garbage. When they do, they can tamper with your grill or, worse, taint your grill. If you prepare food on your grill, that food can be exposed to harmful bacteria.

When wild animals come into your yard, often, they don't come alone. Animals have fur. And ticks, fleas, mites, lice, and other parasites, love furry animals. A single mouse can have as many as 100 ticks on him. If you're hoping to have a tick-free lunch off the grill, you probably don't want wildlife coming into your yard.


  • Keep all exterior trash in sealed receptacles. This keeps the smells in and the animals out. It is also wise to make sure your exterior trash cans are secured. Large animals, like raccoons, tip trash cans over and spread trash everywhere.

  • When you're done grilling, be sure to clean things up. The smell of food is attractive to wildlife, but rotting food smells are even more of a lure.

  • Don't leave any food out after you're done grilling. Those are tasty treats.

  • Many animals will visit your outdoor grill area at night. If you are able to install a light that is activated by motion, it will go a long way to scaring animals away.

  • Fencing is a helpful deterrent for wildlife invasion. Be sure your fence goes down into the ground about a foot to prevent animals from digging their way under. And, make sure there are no tree limbs that allow them to drop down into your yard.

  • There are many natural repellents, like cayenne pepper, that keep wildlife away and mask food scents. Look into sprinkling some of these around your grill area and exterior trash. 

If you need assistance protecting your home from all of the many wild animals and bugs that can spread illness to your family and damage your property, we can help. At Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, we serve Missouri with cutting-edge industry-leading pest solutions. Help is just a call away.

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