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Summer gatherings are one of the highlights of the warm months, but they are best done without the addition of creepy, crawly uninvited guests. Insects such as mosquitoes can cause annoying bites and can potentially transmit dangerous diseases and stinging insects can pose a threat to guests with allergies.
Following the tips below will help keep your outdoor cookout pest-free and allow you to sit back and enjoy your gathering time.
Pre-Cookout Yard Inspection and Clean-Up
Inspect your yard for any potential insect problems such as ant hills or stinging insect nests. Call a professional pest management company if needed.
Mow the grass the day before a cookout can help reduce harborage for insects hiding in taller grass, such as ticks.
Drain any standing water sources to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.
Pick up leaves, sticks and any fallen fruit that may attract insects from your yard and out of your gutters.
Make sure trash is properly stored in a covered container.
During the Cookout
Have on hand an EPA approved repellent with DEET to ward off mosquitoes.
Remind guests (even make a sign) to close doors tightly when entering and exiting your home to prevent mosquitoes from coming inside.
If you’re attending a cookout, have a change of clothes along. If the weather allows for it, long sleeves and long pants will protect from bites from mosquitoes.
Avoid wearing perfumes or fragrances that will attract insects.
Have plastic cups available for use. Beverage cans and bottles are attractants for stinging insects.
Keep food tightly sealed and covered and/or keep food in sealed coolers.
Keep food prep areas clean and immediately wipe up any spills. Ants and flies are especially attracted to leftover food remnants.
Keep trash in covered receptacles. Keep trashcans away from main gathering areas.
Use fans to create a breeze that will keep insects away.
If you’re in need of professional assistance with an insect issue, give us a call at our Muskego office at 262-679-4422, our Oshkosh office at 920-385-0412 or toll free at 800-956-0800.
Visit our website at www.safewaypest.net
As the warmer weather moves in, we all spring into action, including those pesky, unwanted intruders!
If you’re looking for a way to prevent some of those intruders from entering your home, try hitting some or even ALL of our points on our Spring Ahead Cleaning Checklist below and have a happy and hopefully pest-free spring season!
Spring Ahead Cleaning Checklist
Safeway Pest Management can inspect and locate areas that could potentially cause a pest problem. We offer one time service options, but also offer monthly, bi-monthly and seasonal options for regular maintenance of your home and business. Give us a call at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800 or visit our website at www.safewaypest.net to get a free quote!
Let’s face it, when they are annoyingly flying around us, we probably aren’t going to imagine there is anything beneficial about a Fruit Fly, but surprisingly, there is!
Although it may not be good in most situations that Fruit Flies can reproduce at a very fast rate, the common Fruit Fly (Drosophila melanogaster) is a useful specimen in scientific research. Scientists have had much success using Fruit Flies to study mutations and genetics due to their short lifespan, easy storage, and comparable chromosomes and chemical pathways to humans.
Honestly, I just told you. Fruit Flies reproduce at an incredible rate, meaning that once an infestation begins, it quickly races out of control.
Fruit Flies are attracted to sweet things such as fruit, as their name suggests, but they also will breed in dumpsters, on decaying meat, in unclean drains; basically all that is needed is a moist area of fermenting material.
The Ugly (Unless you find them to be cute)
Adult Fruit Flies are about 1/8 inch long and have red eyes. Their reproduction cycle is incredible; one female Fruit Fly can lay over 500 eggs in its lifetime (which can be up to 30 days).
The best way to prevent an infestation of Fruit Flies is to be as sanitary as possible.
If you find yourself with a Fruit Fly problem that you cannot control, call a licensed pest management company for advice and instruction.
Safeway Pest Management can help with Fruit and other flies, give us a call at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800, or visit us on the web at www.safewaypest.net.