Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to have a barbecue, but are you ready for the BBQ Crashers? We’re not talking about those people that stroll into your festive occasion, eat some tasty hot dogs, and pretend like they are a friend of a friend of a friend. We’re talking about pests that come spreading illness. Here is a short list of the repeat offenders and a few helpful tips to keep them under control.

Flies: Do you know that house flies taste with their feet and that those little feet are 10 million times more sensitive to sugar than the human tongue? You could probably care less when they’re dancing around on your hamburger bun, especially when you can probably guess where those feet have been. That’s right, on something nasty.

  • Make sure all exterior trash is in plastic bags and sealed containers. This will deter flies from coming onto your property and prevent them from breeding.
  • If you have a pet, proper control of feces can reduce flies in your yard.
  • If you have a compost pile, a proper mixture of materials can resist flies.

Mosquitoes: These insects aren’t just nuisances at backyard barbecues, mosquito bites can drive anyone crazy plus the bite of an infected mosquito has the potential to spread diseases like West Nile virus.

  • Remove all standing water from your home to keep mosquitoes from breeding. Remember, a hundred mosquitoes can breed in something as small as a glass of water. Make sure gutters are cleaned out and that you have no objects in your yard that collect rainwater.
  • Have a pest control company do a mosquito treatment to kill adult mosquitoes and egg sacks in your yard.
  • If mosquitoes come from outside your property while you’re having your get together use some strategically placed fans to create a breeze if there is no breeze present.
  • Repellents with DEET are still the best way to ward off bites. You can also spray the repellent on your clothing, instead of on your skin.

Ticks: These bugs aren’t just a danger to pets. They also choose humans as a host if the opportunity arises. With a potential to carry illnesses like Lyme disease, you do not want these pests anywhere near your barbecue.

  • Keep your lawn trimmed.
  • Put up fencing that keeps wild animals from bringing ticks onto your property.
  • Be aware that ticks can be on birds. If you have a bird feeder, those pretty birds can potentially bring ticks onto your property.
  • A professional tick treatment can make your backyard safer.

Labor Day is just a few days away which means now is the time to implement the pest prevention tips mentioned above and to call ChemTec Pest Control.  Serving Bergen County as well as several neighboring counties in New Jersey, we specialize in mosquito control and can help you reduce the threat of ticks.  Give us a call today and you’ll be one step closer to a more enjoyable Labor Day!