I hate to even think about it, but it is fast approaching – my most dreaded holiday of the year! Not because I don’t love to get ready for it - and not because my family and I dislike having a marvelous family day of parade watching and roasting meat and veggies on the grill or taking one last stroll on the beach, but because it is the end of my most beloved season of the year – summer! While the Labor Day holiday itself is tons of fun with plenty of warm family memories, I am reluctant to pack away the easy, breezy whites of summer and don the more vibrant hues of red, yellow, orange, and brown of fall. Labor Day not only signifies the official start of back to school season, but it also represents the beginning of preparations for the long, dark winter months. That is why I hate to see it arrive! Labor Day represents work in more ways than one!
Don’t get me wrong, I love any excuse to gather family and friends for good food and fun, and Labor Day surely is that. This holiday started in 1894, as a day to celebrate the American Worker with a parade and old-fashioned games and relaxation and has blossomed into what it is today – the last hurrah of the BBQ season!
Most of us have the decorations and the menus well at hand by now, but how many have considered pest control as a major part of preparing for a BBQ? All of those roasty, toasty meats dripping with juices and sweet sauce, salads loaded with fresh veggies and fruit, and those desserts dripping with honey and sugar are not just attractive to us – insects of all sorts love them too! – And they are not ashamed to invite themselves to attend your cookout. The worst part is that many of the insects that are arriving uninvited to your BBQ are not only a nuisance, but they can carry diseases too.
You can do your part to limit the numbers of unwanted pests at your BBQ by following a few basic hints:
Remove sources of food, water and shelter.
Keep debris and leaves cleaned up
Keep food covered when not serving
Pick up leftovers as soon as possible after eating
Avoid wearing flowery perfumes, soaps and hairsprays
Use a bug repellent containing at least 20% DEET
The surest way, however, to avoid these unwanted dinner guests is to proactively treat with year-round pest control from a professional like Witt Pest Management. One of our TopCare programs will certainly be the perfect choice for you! We have been serving the greater Pittsburgh area with pest control solutions for over 100 years. Known for giving our customers the best service at a fair price, has surely helped us to become one of the most trusted names in pest control. So, before you unpack that chicken and lemon drizzled pound cake, be sure to contact us here at Witt Pest Management to uninvited those pesky insects and enjoy a pest free Labor Day Weekend!