How to Keep Pests out of Your Home This Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the perfect opportunity to not only honor our armed forces, but to also enjoy time with friends and family. Whether you’re hosting a full-on Memorial Day Party or a simple BBQ with friends, bugs can put a huge damper on your day. You can keep pests off the guest list and out of your home with these tips we’ve outlined below!

Don't let bugs crash your party

Your yard can be a haven for bugs looking for a place to breed. Fortunately, there are a few simple ways to reduce the amount of bugs in your yard this Memorial Day:

  • Trim trees and shrubs. You may not know this, but pests often use bushes to gain entry to your home, so trim them to keep them from touching your house.  

  • Mow your lawn. This may seem like an obvious one, but bugs hide in long grass. You should follow a regular trimming schedule to prevent an excess of bugs in the yard.

  • Drain standing water. Standing water is an open invitation for mosquitoes to lay their eggs and breed, so be sure to dump kiddy pools, water containers, or anything that may accumulate rain or water in your yard.

Set up natural barriers

Before you gather outdoors for a bbq this Memorial Day, take these steps to ensure bugs stay away:

  • Pitch a tent. Tents are great for keeping food away from bothersome insects. Set up a small tent to serve as the eating area if you are expecting a lot of guests. Don't forget to close the flaps!

  • Get citronella. The active ingredient in citronella is Cymbopogon (lemongrass). Mosquitoes dislike citronella oil, which is found in a wide range of mosquito repellents like candles, lamps, and torches. Load up on those for your party!

  • Utilize netting. Mosquito netting can be a super-stylish way to protect friends and loved ones from mosquitoes. It can also serve as a decorative curtain!

Spray your yard

Effective pest control often means using some kind of spray.

  • Mosquito misting system: The insecticides in tankless or drum-based mosquito misting systems eliminate pests based on a timing schedule. Most systems use pyrethrin, which is derived from chrysanthemums.

  • DEET: Use insect repellent containing DEET. It can be applied to your skin or clothing to provide protection against mosquitoes and other biting insects.

  • Pest control service: Arrange a visit from your local pest control company to treat your home and yard for insects like mosquitoes and fire ants. This is often the fastest route to a pest-free home, and a good alternative when you’re hosting a party in your backyard!

Here at Paul's Termite and Pest Control, we take a strategic approach to employing our Integrated Pest Management solutions, which means using fewer chemicals to powerfully eliminate pests of all kinds. Whether you need a mosquito or fire ant treatment, or simply want to keep bugs out of your home this Memorial Day, we can help. Our trained technicians treat homes on a continuous cycle, using science-based, eco-friendly practices to keep your home bug-free throughout the entire year.

Learn more about our pest control services in Jacksonville!