Is Your Summer Fun Being Spoilt By Flies?
Most people look forward to summer. This is the time to enjoy late summer evenings, barbecues and meals with friends. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out this way. One of the reasons for this is due to flies.
In fact, you can probably remember a time when your summer barbecue was spoilt by flies. Along with flies, you may also be harassed by wasps or mosquitoes. But what can you do to prevent this, and make sure your party, or relaxing social gathering, goes off without a hitch?
How to prevent your barbecue from being spoilt by flies
To start with, you need to keep your barbecue grill clean. You see, many grills are completely caked in food particles and grease. When this happens, flies are quickly attracted. For this reason, you should make an effort to clean your grill. It does not have to be spotless and gleaming, but it does help to give your grill a scrub.
Your barbecue can also be spoilt by flies if you leave food out. This means that all food should be covered as much as possible. Preferably your dishes should have lids that can be immediately replaced. If they don’t, you need to get lids to cover dishes of food, and food waiting to be cooked. You can also buy mesh covers especially designed for protecting dishes of food from insects – but still allowing the food to be seen.
Also think about the type of food you’re eating. Flies are most often attracted to food that is either sweet or sticky, so try to avoid this. To prevent your barbecue from being spoilt by flies you also need to manage dirty plates. Don’t leave them lying on the table. Take them straight back to the kitchen as soon as you’ve done eating. This prevents flies from being attracted and is a good fly control solution. It also makes clearing up easier.
Kick back, relax and enjoy a fly free day
Something else you can do is invest in a few citronella candles. These have long been known to help with all types of insects. In fact, they are extremely effective for flies, wasps and mosquitoes. You may also want to hang a fly trap somewhere in your garden. Just note that this is something you should do long before having your barbecue.
Ultimately barbecues are a time to socialise, kick back and have fun with friends and family. They’re a time to enjoy a drink, good food, and forget about your problems for a while. A time to bask in the warm weather before it starts getting cold again.
Flies are not normally considered a pest emergency, however, the very last thing you want to do is have your barbecue spoilt by flies. Good thing this does not have to be a problem. As long as you’re prepared to implement the tips we’ve provided, flies should never become a problem.