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5 Ways To Keep The Bugs Away From Your Backyard BBQ

It's the middle of summer, which means it's the perfect time to be throwing barbecues on your back deck for friends and family. There's only one problem with hosting a big cookout at your home: the bugs! Summer is the season in which the bugs come out in full force, and if there's food around, you can bet they'll be around. The following are five tips that you should keep in mind in order to keep the bugs away: 1. Keep a Clean Yard A messy yard will attract plenty of bugs, from flies and mosquitoes to ants. If you have any trash sitting outside, clean it up. It can be easy to let your trash cans sit until they are completely full. If you are planning a barbecue for the weekend, be sure to take the trash cans down to the curb for trash day. Even if the trashcans are only half full, they will still attract flies and other bugs in the summer heat. The cleaner your yard is when the day of your barbecue comes, the less of a chance it will be interrupted by bugs. 2. Use the Power of Wind There's nothing more irritating than trying to eat, socialize or cook food at your grill when there's mosquitoes and flies hovering around you at every second. Mosquitoes especially are a giant nuisance, and can destroy all the fun. Mosquitoes will come out in full force if there's no wind. This means if the day is warm and there's no breeze to speak of, you may want to consider setting up a few fans outside. Aim the fans in the general direction of your grill and the tables and seating that you've provided to your guests. They should keep the mosquitoes at bay, as well as helping to keep your guests cooler in the summer heat. 3. Get Rid of Standing Water If there's any standing water in your yard, whether it's leftover rainwater in your trashcan lids, bird bath water or a left out pitcher of liquid, dump it out immediately. Mosquitoes will flock to standing water, since still water is the perfect breeding ground. The last thing you want is mosquitoes colonizing in your yard. 4. Don't Let Food Sit Out Even before the barbecue happens, you should make sure to clean up all food if you ever have breakfast, lunch or dinner outside. Don't let your leftovers sit outside, as they will attract a countless number of bugs. During the barbecue, you should make sure to gather all trash and food that isn't eaten and to throw it away immediately in a tied off trash bag. Letting it sit out on the table will attract ants, flies and more. Food that has been cooked but hasn't been eaten should be covered up in Tupperware or with aluminum foil. If you live in a humid climate, where there are even more bugs, you may want to consider serving some of your food inside, such as the side dishes and dessert, in order to limit how much food is exposed outside. 5. Use Bug Repelling Scents There are a number of ways in which you can repel bugs through the use of scent. Lighting a few citronella candles around the area that your guests are eating is a good way to offer some protection against bugs, especially mosquitoes. You can also use insecticide candles or even put up a couple of tiki torches, since bugs don't like smoke (and you'll be adding to the atmosphere!). On top of that, you can also choose insect repelling timber decking when building your deck. The oil in eucalyptus wood, for example, is a natural insect repellant. Be sure to use some of these tips in order to keep your summer cookout bug free. Author Bio: Nicole loves her beautiful little home that she shares with her husband. She enjoys nothing more than spending the weekend drinking lemonade and doing DIY projects around the house.
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5 Ways To Keep The Bugs Away From Your Backyard BBQ

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This article lists 5 very easy, but very effective, things that people can do to to keep bugs away from their BBQ or backyard.

It's the middle of summer, which means it's the perfect time to be throwing barbecues on your back deck for friends and family. There's only one problem with hosting a big cookout at your home: the bugs! Summer is the season in which the bugs come out in full force, and if there's food around, you can bet they'll be around.

The following are five tips that you should keep in mind in order to keep the bugs away:

1. Keep a Clean Yard

A messy yard will attract plenty of bugs, from flies and mosquitoes to ants. If you have any trash sitting outside, clean it up. It can be easy to let your trash cans sit until they are completely full. If you are planning a barbecue for the weekend, be sure to take the trash cans down to the curb for trash day. Even if the trashcans are only half full, they will still attract flies and other bugs in the summer heat. The cleaner your yard is when the day of your barbecue comes, the less of a chance it will be interrupted by bugs.

2. Use the Power of Wind

There's nothing more irritating than trying to eat, socialize or cook food at your grill when there's mosquitoes and flies hovering around you at every second. Mosquitoes especially are a giant nuisance, and can destroy all the fun. Mosquitoes will come out in full force if there's no wind. This means if the day is warm and there's no breeze to speak of, you may want to consider setting up a few fans outside. Aim the fans in the general direction of your grill and the tables and seating that you've provided to your guests. They should keep the mosquitoes at bay, as well as helping to keep your guests cooler in the summer heat.

3. Get Rid of Standing Water

If there's any standing water in your yard, whether it's leftover rainwater in your trashcan lids, bird bath water or a left out pitcher of liquid, dump it out immediately. Mosquitoes will flock to standing water, since still water is the perfect breeding ground. The last thing you want is mosquitoes colonizing in your yard.

4. Don't Let Food Sit Out

Even before the barbecue happens, you should make sure to clean up all food if you ever have breakfast, lunch or dinner outside. Don't let your leftovers sit outside, as they will attract a countless number of bugs. During the barbecue, you should make sure to gather all trash and food that isn't eaten and to throw it away immediately in a tied off trash bag. Letting it sit out on the table will attract ants, flies and more. Food that has been cooked but hasn't been eaten should be covered up in Tupperware or with aluminum foil. If you live in a humid climate, where there are even more bugs, you may want to consider serving some of your food inside, such as the side dishes and dessert, in order to limit how much food is exposed outside.

5. Use Bug Repelling Scents

There are a number of ways in which you can repel bugs through the use of scent. Lighting a few citronella candles around the area that your guests are eating is a good way to offer some protection against bugs, especially mosquitoes. You can also use insecticide candles or even put up a couple of tiki torches, since bugs don't like smoke (and you'll be adding to the atmosphere!). On top of that, you can also choose insect repelling timber decking when building your deck. The oil in eucalyptus wood, for example, is a natural insect repellant.

Be sure to use some of these tips in order to keep your summer cookout bug free.

Author Bio: Nicole loves her beautiful little home that she shares with her husband. She enjoys nothing more than spending the weekend drinking lemonade and doing DIY projects around the house.

It's the middle of summer, which means it's the perfect time to be throwing barbecues on your back deck for friends and family. There's only one problem with hosting a big cookout at your home: the bugs! Summer is the season in which the bugs come out in full force, and if there's food around, you can bet they'll be around.

The following are five tips that you should keep in mind in order to keep the bugs away:

1. Keep a Clean Yard

A messy yard will attract plenty of bugs, from flies and mosquitoes to ants. If you have any trash sitting outside, clean it up. It can be easy to let your trash cans sit until they are completely full. If you are planning a barbecue for the weekend, be sure to take the trash cans down to the curb for trash day. Even if the trashcans are only half full, they will still attract flies and other bugs in the summer heat. The cleaner your yard is when the day of your barbecue comes, the less of a chance it will be interrupted by bugs.

2. Use the Power of Wind

There's nothing more irritating than trying to eat, socialize or cook food at your grill when there's mosquitoes and flies hovering around you at every second. Mosquitoes especially are a giant nuisance, and can destroy all the fun. Mosquitoes will come out in full force if there's no wind. This means if the day is warm and there's no breeze to speak of, you may want to consider setting up a few fans outside. Aim the fans in the general direction of your grill and the tables and seating that you've provided to your guests. They should keep the mosquitoes at bay, as well as helping to keep your guests cooler in the summer heat.

3. Get Rid of Standing Water

If there's any standing water in your yard, whether it's leftover rainwater in your trashcan lids, bird bath water or a left out pitcher of liquid, dump it out immediately. Mosquitoes will flock to standing water, since still water is the perfect breeding ground. The last thing you want is mosquitoes colonizing in your yard.

4. Don't Let Food Sit Out

Even before the barbecue happens, you should make sure to clean up all food if you ever have breakfast, lunch or dinner outside. Don't let your leftovers sit outside, as they will attract a countless number of bugs. During the barbecue, you should make sure to gather all trash and food that isn't eaten and to throw it away immediately in a tied off trash bag. Letting it sit out on the table will attract ants, flies and more. Food that has been cooked but hasn't been eaten should be covered up in Tupperware or with aluminum foil. If you live in a humid climate, where there are even more bugs, you may want to consider serving some of your food inside, such as the side dishes and dessert, in order to limit how much food is exposed outside.

5. Use Bug Repelling Scents

There are a number of ways in which you can repel bugs through the use of scent. Lighting a few citronella candles around the area that your guests are eating is a good way to offer some protection against bugs, especially mosquitoes. You can also use insecticide candles or even put up a couple of tiki torches, since bugs don't like smoke (and you'll be adding to the atmosphere!). On top of that, you can also choose insect repelling timber decking when building your deck. The oil in eucalyptus wood, for example, is a natural insect repellant.

Be sure to use some of these tips in order to keep your summer cookout bug free.

Author Bio: Nicole loves her beautiful little home that she shares with her husband. She enjoys nothing more than spending the weekend drinking lemonade and doing DIY projects around the house.

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