5 Tips To Keep Pests From Ruining Your Summer Parties

Summer is the best time of the year for outdoor parties. The days stretch long, and the temperatures are perfect for kicking back with a refreshing glass of iced tea, or something stronger. It’s also full of holidays and celebrations, from a slew of graduation parties to the fireworks of Independence Day, summer is just begging you to gather all your friends and connect over food, drinks, and fun. However, nothing puts a damper on summer fun like a backyard crawling with mosquitos, roaches, ants, and other creepy pests. If you’re worried about uninvited guests at your summer party, here are 5 tips to keep pests from ruining your summer parties. 

Keep Your Party Lit

A surefire way to keep pests out of your party is to light a few candles or tiki torches. Bugs, mosquitos especially, hate smoke and the smell of citronella. By lighting a few candles, you not only keep pests away but also add a beautiful firelight aesthetic to your party. You can also light a big summer bonfire stacked high with herbs that bugs detest like rosemary and lavender. 

A Fan A Day Keeps The Pests Away

Moving air makes it difficult and uncomfortable for pests to hover around and bother your guests so it can be very helpful to provide a few standing or handheld fans. Not only can you dress up these fans as decorations for the party by wrapping them in streamers or bright colored paper, but the fans will also keep your guests cool in these hot Alabama summers. If you have a table that holds food or drink, you will want to place a fan there as sugar and food are a huge draw for pests. 

Timing Is Everything

Finding the right time for a party is essential. You don’t want to schedule it too early or too late for fear that people won’t show up. However, when scheduling a party, you might also want to take into account the time of day that pests are most active. Mosquitos and other bugs are at their highest levels of activity during dawn and dusk, the latter unfortunately being the time when many parties occur. If you want to avoid bugs, perhaps consider scheduling something earlier like a mid-morning brunch, or an afternoon pool party, or move the party inside once the sun starts to set. 

Sometimes A Spray Is The Way

As hard as you may try to keep the bugs away, it’s important to still give your guests the tools they need to avoid bug bites. Providing readily available bug spray and anti-itch cream is a guaranteed way to show your guests that you care about their well-being and want them to have a great bug-free time. 

Good Clean Fun

Pests like flies, ants, and cockroaches are especially drawn to food that has been left out. They look at it as a free buffet specifically left for them. If you notice plenty of plates with scraps or other unfinished food and drinks lying around, be sure to throw them away, preferably inside where bugs can’t get to them. Cleaning as you go will go a long way in making sure that your party doesn’t turn into a free restaurant for pests.

Summer parties are great, unless they are full of nasty Alabama pests like cockroaches, ants, and rodents. Using the 5 tips to keep pests from ruining your summer parties should keep your pest population down greatly. If not, make sure that you are ready for a summer full of fun, and not full of pests, by calling Advanced Pest Control today or by contacting us through our contact form. We’ll help you keep the pests away!