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Pest Proof Your Deck or Patio to Enjoy Outdoor Dining

Warm weather is here and with it comes BBQs and outdoor dining! Eating a meal outside with family and friends can be a great way to enjoy the warm weather, while increasing your vitamin D intake and spending more time in the fresh air. But how do you make sure that annoying pests leave you alone? There are a few, simple tips to try to keep your deck and patio pest free during a meal outside!

Types of Pests You Might See

First, we’ll look at the types of pests that are the most likely to crash your outdoor dining scene:

Mosquitoes: Did you know there are 175 species of mosquitoes in the United States alone? To keep these pests away, there are remedies you can find at the stores – like mosquito repellent sprays and citronella candles that have varying levels of success. If your situation is beyond those solutions, it’s time to call Alexandria Pest Services for mosquito control. We will treat your home to kill existing mosquitos and prevent the laying of eggs.

Ants: Ants can incredibly annoying when trying to eat outside. Ants have pheromones that help lead the way to food. When dealing with ants, it’s most important to destroy their entire colony and eliminate all of the signals they have first. Once the colonies have been destroyed, Pest control specialists create a treatment plan with your needs in mind.

Wasps: Wasp nests can be very intimidating, especially when it comes to knocking one down. There can be anywhere from 12-100 wasps per colony. Imagine knocking one of those down and dealing with 100 wasps? That is what nightmares are made of! At Alexandria Pest Services, we can assist with wasp control and removal. We have been keeping homeowners in the DC Metro Area safe from pests for more than three decades – and we’re ready to help you, as well.

A Few Tips You Can Try at Home:

If your family enjoys outdoor dining, there are a few things that you can do to keep the pests we described above away:

Stay away from bodies of water: Bugs are attracted to open water sources and spend most of their time here. So stay away from big bodies of water when you are having your BBQ or picnic.

Cover your food: Bugs are attracted to the smell of food. Simply covering up your food will help mask the scent and keep these bugs away. Make sure the garbage can is far away from where you’re sitting – or have a cover for it, if it’s close by.

Keep citrus- smelling things nearby: There’s a reason most of the anti-bug candles are citrus flavored. Bugs do not like the smell of citrus. That means keeping things like citrus peels nearby may work to keep them away.

Enjoy Your Outdoor Space Bug-Free this Summer!

Are you ready to start enjoying your outdoor space this summer? Contact Alexandria Pest Services today to schedule a free consultation to rid your home of any unwanted pests!