If you are planning on having a barbecue bash this spring or summer, you've probably been planning on activities, food, and accommodations. However, one important aspect that you don't want to forget about is mosquito control. Sometimes long-sleeved clothing and bug spray isn't enough. And since mosquitoes can be both an annoyance and a health hazard (West Nile, encephalitis, etc.) you'll want to do whatever you can to make your guests comfortable.
1. Try Natural Remedies
If you aren't keen on the idea of pesticides or bug sprays, there are a lot of natural remedies that you can buy and offer your guests if they are being attacked. One study showed that the oils in catnip are particularly effective at deterring mosquitoes. Another great alternative is cinnamon oil which is not only environmentally safe but also has a fantastic smell.
Instead of offering your guests bug spray, offer them rosemary, lemon grass, and other herbs that have been known to deter mosquitoes.
2. Play Sports After the Barbecue
Have you ever felt like you were bitten more by mosquitoes than other people at an event? There may be some truth to that feeling. Mosquitoes are attracted to lactic acid, carboxylic acid, and ammonia—all present when you sweat. If you are wearing a strong perfume and you sweat, that can make your scent even more appealing to mosquitoes.
If you and your guests work up a sweat before eating—without having a chance to dry off—you may be more susceptible to mosquito bites. If you still want to do some recreational activities throughout your barbecue, make sure you offer your guests towels to dry off.
You may also want to eat first and then play sports at the end so people can immediately go home and shower.
3. Shed Some Light
Many home and hardware stores sell torches and candles that use citronella fuel. Like other natural remedies, Citronella oil is safe for the environment and even safe as a topical repellent. But you can kill two birds with one stone if you use it in a candle: you'll have light sources for your event and keep the bugs at bay.
4. Remove Water Sources
A few days before your get-together, clear your yard of any bird baths, pet bowls, hoses, and any other potential water sources. Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so if you can keep your area as barbecue area as dry as possible, you'll mitigate the bug's life cycle.
5. Have a Pest Company Spray Beforehand
Lastly, while many people know that pest control can spray inside houses, they may not realize that these companies can spray outside as well. A day or two before your barbecue, you may want to have your yard sprayed that way you and your guests won't have to worry as much about covering yourself in bug spray.
To learn more, contact a company like Garrie Pest Control with any questions you have.