Prevent Pests from Spoiling Summer Fun
What do backyard barbeques and pool parties have in common? Both of these outdoor activities can offer warmth, food and moisture for bees, wasps and mosquitoes.
“To help prevent summer pests from spoiling outdoor fun, homeowners should limit potential pest food sources and breeding sites as much as possible,” said Orkin Technical Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D.
Mosquitoes thrive in warm, moist conditions like those found near pools and vegetation around homes and backyards. These locations offer a ready food source — people — and enough water for mosquitoes to breed. June, July and August typically are peak months for mosquito season as relative humidity and temperatures reach their highest levels.
Bees and wasps can find all of the carbohydrates, fats and protein they need in the sweet treats and open trash cans found at picnics. The combination of ready food sources and warmer, longer days for flying helps these stinging pests thrive until fall’s cooler temperatures arrive.
Before homeowners head outdoors to fire up the grill, Harrison recommends these quick tips to help reduce summer pest activity:
- Keep food and drink containers tightly wrapped while outdoors to help limit food sources for bees and wasps.
- Spray an EPA-approved insect repellent on exposed skin and wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, when possible, to reduce mosquito bites.
- Thin vegetation around the home to help reduce locations that can hide mosquitoes, and bee and wasp nests.
For more summer safety tips, watch this video on Ask the Orkin Man™.