Summer is a time for sunshine, outdoor activities, and of course, barbecues. However, along with the warm weather comes an unwelcome guest: the mosquito. These tiny pests can quickly ruin your backyard festivities and leave you with itchy and uncomfortable bites. But fear not, there are plenty of steps you can take to prevent mosquitoes from crashing your BBQ.
One of the best ways to keep mosquitoes away from your BBQ is to eliminate any standing water on your property. Mosquitoes require standing water to breed and lay their eggs. Common sources of standing water include flower pots, bird baths, gutters, and even small puddles.
To get rid of standing water, start by regularly checking your yard and emptying any containers that collect water. Make sure your gutters are clean and clear of any debris that could block the flow of water. If you have a pond or pool, make sure it is properly maintained and treated with mosquito-repelling chemicals.
Another natural way to keep mosquitoes away from your BBQ is to plant mosquito-repelling plants in your yard. Some plants that are known to repel mosquitoes include:
Citronella candles and tiki torches are another popular way to keep mosquitoes away from your BBQ. When using citronella candles or tiki torches, place them at least 6 to 8 feet apart and away from any flammable materials like trees, shrubs, or outdoor furniture. You want to create a barrier of protection around your guests so place them near seating areas or around the perimeter of your outdoor space to create a barrier against mosquitoes.
If you have tried all the natural remedies and still cannot seem to keep mosquitoes away from your BBQ, it may be time to call in the professionals. A pest control company can assess your property and provide recommendations for the best course of action. Professional pest control can include a variety of treatments, such as mosquito spraying or fogging. These treatments are designed to kill adult mosquitoes and prevent new mosquitoes from breeding.
Reach out to PestNow of Central Virginia if you are in need of professional pest control services. We can take care of mosquitoes as well as many other insects and pests. In fact, our YardGuard Program will eliminate up to 90% of ticks and mosquitoes on your property!
We are a veteran-owned and operated local business that proudly serves the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Northern Neck areas. At PestNow CVA, we make sure that you’re getting the best of both worlds from our staff. You get access to support from the nationwide PestNow organization and you also get personalized service, individual attention, and professional expertise from the local Virginians who own and operate our three locations.