A Pest-Free Fourth of July

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Fireworks, barbecues, and patriotism—the quintessential elements of a perfect Fourth of July holiday.  Did you notice we did not include “pests” in that list? They have no business being in your celebrations, so why give them the chance?  Join us today as we give you some easy tips to make all of your celebrations later this week completely pest-free!


While you’re setting up for your celebrations, remember that a pest’s favorite meal is the leftovers of yours.  You can bet that they will be around the garbage can rummaging for scraps and then if they get enough courage, they may be heading right to your plate next.  But, if you’re able to move your garbage cans away from where you plan to eat, you can cut down on the chance that pests will come around to join you. Sure, it may be a little walk for guests, but it is a fair price to pay for keeping annoying flies from the plates of those around you.

Serve Inside, Eat Outside

Another simple way you can reduce the chances of pests crashing your barbecue is to have most of the food in the house and then taking your plate outside to eat with others.  If you keep food out of their reach, they’ll most likely keep out of your yard, flying off to prey on another’s neighbor’s barbecue. Just be sure that the only time the door is open is when guests are coming in or out, or you may up with a home infestation as well!

Smell Defense

When it comes to pest defense, the use of fragrances can be one of your best tactics as there are many out there that smell great to us and awful for pests.  Citronella candles are a staple of outdoor barbecues, and for good reason—it works to keep away the mosquitoes. If you find that you have an ant problem, mixing together a quick solution of peppermint or spearmint oil and some water will create a smell barrier that those critters will not cross.  Finally, if the bugs start to get bad and are going after your guests, applying some mint mouthwash or rubbing a dryer sheet on the parts that the critters are biting makes for an excellent, quick, and effective repellent.

In short, there are many things you can do to keep the pests away, but this list we have put together will give you the most bang for your proverbial buck.  Should you want more tips on barbecue pest defense, feel free to look back on our library of articles, or give us a call; we would love to help.

Have a happy—and pest-free—Fourth of July! 

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