In these challenging times most Americans are getting creative and trying their best to enjoy great weather by utilizing their backyard space for family outdoor activities like Picnics, Dinners, Movie nights, S’mores by the fire, Barbeques, Gardening, Games and more.
However, these activities may increase the chance of pest encounters and also increase chances of pest infestation. While some pests are just annoying and spoil the fun, some others can be a dangerous and cause health threats.
Pests you encounter in your backyard vary depending on your location but the most common ones are mosquitos, ticks, fleas, ants, scorpions, hornets, wasps and yellow jackets. These pests can not only ruin the good times but also can give you painful stings that may be dangerous and cause you a trip to the emergency room.
Taking control of these pests is important, as these pests may also make its way indoor if not controlled.
Attracting birds by hanging bird feeders and potting pest repellant plants are natural pest control methods that can be a fun activity and also helps in beautifying your yard.
Bluebirds, Cardinals, Chickadees, Orioles and Sparrows are some birds that love eating bugs.
Lavender, Thyme, Marigolds, Alliums and Lemongrass are some plants that helps in repelling bugs.
Bifen LP Granules control fleas, ticks, roaches, ants, scorpions, and many other pests. Once applied it provides up to 90 days of insect control in lawns, landscaped areas and perimeters around residential and Commercial Properties.
Experts from the NPMA suggest these tips to keep pests from disrupting summer gatherings:
- Check screen doors and repair any holes. Remember to shut the door behind to keep pests from entering the home.
- Have plenty of insect repellant containing an EPA-registered active ingredient like DEET or picaridin for your family.
- Yellowjackets and other stinging insects are attracted to sweet-smelling fragrances. Avoid using excessive perfume or cologne, and opt for unscented lotions and sunscreen.
- Provide clear plastic cups, as aluminum cans are good hiding spots for stinging insects.
- Adorn your deck or patio with citronella candles that can help minimize the presence of mosquitoes.
- Plan to serve food and beverages indoors, and reserve outdoor space for eating and entertaining.
- Clean spills and crumbs immediately from tables and other surfaces.
- Dispose of trash in tightly closed garbage containers.
- Bring utensils and dish ware indoors shortly after the meal.