Summer might be barbeque season, but most Alabama residents know that outdoor activities are much more comfortable in the fall! The weather is still warm but not sweltering, and there aren’t quite as many bugs out. But there are some! Keep reading for some expert tips to pest-proof backyard barbeques this fall.
Keep the Bugs Away
Not only are bugs annoying: Some can cause harm and carry disease. You don’t want them anywhere near your outdoor fun this fall, so follow these steps!
When it comes to keeping pests away, the sooner you start the better! Ideally you’ll want to start spraying your yard for bugs in early spring. That might sound like overkill, but if you live in Alabama you probably know that it isn’t. It shouldn’t take up too much of your time, either. Spray thoroughly around your outdoor area about once every three months.
One of the biggest pest problems we deal with in the South is mosquitoes! Sometimes it seems like nothing can be done to keep these irritating pests away—but there is. Spraying for them regularly will go a long way in preventing them and keeping them away. An expert tip? Spray earlier in the morning or later in the evening for the best results. Also be sure to get rid of or cover up any standing water you might have in your yard—that’s where they like to lay their eggs!
Unfortunately, spraying your yard won’t do much against these pests! They’re smart enough to avoid the poison, so you’ll need to attack this problem at the source. Using ant-specific baits is your best bet. The ants will take the poison back to their colony, resulting in better, more permanent results.
The first step in getting rid of stinging insects is to figure out what kind you’re dealing with. Wasps can be very dangerous, and should be dealt with by a professional. Important pollinators, like bees, should not be killed—but there are plenty of ways to keep them away from your outdoor fun. Plants like lemongrass and peppermint will naturally repel them, as well as certain smells like citronella (which you can buy in candle form) and lavender. Remember that bees are not attracted to the smell of people, so if you see them buzzing around they aren’t trying to harm you.
Call Vulcan Termite to Pest-Proof Backyard Barbeques
Keeping your outdoor activities free of pests this fall might sound like a lot of work—because it is! Vulcan Termite has been servicing the Birmingham area since 1965, and we know a thing or two about safely getting rid of harmful insects. Whether you have termites, mosquitoes, or small rodents, we can handle it. Get in touch with us today to get started!