How to Have a Pest-Free Summer Picnic

Picnics are a welcome sight after the cold months. Sitting in the sun and enjoying good food melts away the winter blues and reinvigorates you for the summer. Unfortunately, the welcoming heat also wakes up the insects in time to ruin your picnic and outdoor adventures. If you want to avoid pests during your outdoor meal, it’s best to plan ahead.

3 Tips for a Pest-Free Picnic

Bring Along Some Bug Repellent

Mosquitoes and other biting insects come out in the summer and make life miserable for those who enjoy spending time outdoors. If you’re picnicking, a mosquito infestation will quickly ruin your time and send you packing. Whether you’re picnicking at a park or in your backyard, invest in a bug repellent to keep stubborn insects away while you eat and play.

Don’t Keep Food Out in the Open.

Sandwiches, burgers, potato salad and other food items look as good to insects as they do to you. The smell of good food also gets caught in the breeze and lures pests to your picnic spot. Except for the food on your plate, it’s best to keep the food covered at all times to prevent uninvited guests at your picnic table.

Pick the Right Location

If you plan to picnic near a pond or other water areas, prepare to get bombarded with mosquitoes and other flying insects. Pick a place away from the water, preferably somewhere flat and open. If it’s a park, have your picnic under a covered area with benches to make the experience more enjoyable. If sitting on a blanket under the sun is your thing, choose a location with short grass and few weeds. Pests tend to gather in tall grass and will flock to your blanket if you invade their space.

Have a Picnic Without the Pests

It’s hard to enjoy a picnic with flies swarming, ants crawling and mosquitoes biting. Though you could picnic in an enclosed space or spray yourself with repellent, it doesn’t always provide the best results and takes away some of the joy of a summer picnic. Contact Gibson Pest Control and let our pest professionals help prevent insect pests when you venture outside. Whether it’s ants or other insects, we can treat the area and keep them from ruining your fun in the sun.