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Bug Off! Keeping Your Backyard Oasis Pest-Free
4/3/2013 10:56:27 AM

Whether your backyard oasis is a sprawling mecca for relaxation or a simple hammock in the shade, everyone can agree that pests can ruin your coveted downtime. Mosquitoes, ants, flies and bees are just a few of the flying creatures that can quickly put a damper on the party.

"Not only are these a nuisance, but many of these insects cause health problems,” said Robert Soileau, manager of the Lake Charles location of J&J Exterminating. "Ants can contaminate food and house flies have been known to carry more than 100 different kinds of disease-carrying germs. Mosquitoes can carry diseases like West Nile virus and malaria.”

A combination of human behavior, regular pest control and being aware of the time of day when some insects are more active can help with insect problems when you're ready to enjoy your backyard.

"With a regular pest control system, you shouldn't have an ongoing problem with insects indoors and depending on the type of treatment you have, you should notice your yard is significantly pest-free also. Our mosquito control system is one of our most popular services; homeowners have noticed a tremendous difference once the system is in place,” Soileau said. "In addition to pest control, there are things the homeowner can do to protect their yard from insects, especially while entertaining.”

If you're planning a party outdoors, Soileau offers these tips to keep pests at bay:

  • Plan to serve food and beverages indoors, with outdoors being the area where guests can eat and socialize. Keeping the serving dishes indoors will attract fewer insects.
  • If you're barbequing, bring the cooked food indoors, along with the grilling utensils.
  • Clean trash and crumbs from the tables as soon as guests are finished eating.
  • Place trash in a can with a lid.
  • Serve drinks in clear cups as aluminum cans and plastic bottles are good hiding places for stinging insects.
  • Mosquitoes are most active at dusk, so if you're planning to head out to the patio after work, have a mosquito repellent nearby. Citronella candles can help deter mosquitoes so place them throughout your outdoor space.
  • Remove or drain sources of standing water in your yard that could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, including birdbaths or wading pools.
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