Hanging out with friends in your backyard watching your favorite team on the big screen is about as good as it gets, next to being at the game. Maybe even better if your BBQ is nearby. But let’s face it, nothing’s more annoying than trying to focus on the big play while fending off outdoor pests like mosquitoes.
If the next game day gathering or homegate party is at your place, you want to be sure to keep your guests to be able to enjoy the game without distractions. That means keeping bugs away and having good climate control for your guests. Get your backyard game day ready with these tips from ESPN’s, Matt Stinchcomb, on how to prep ahead of time to keep those pests away.
Outdoor Party Bug Control
And don’t worry, there are easy and inexpensive ways to keep pests from ruining your outdoor party.
- Create a bug defense perimeter. Place citronella patio torches around your gathering area and candles around seating and food. These are pleasant smelling and non-toxic. When placed around the barrier of your outdoor seating area, they work to create an invisible barrier between your guests and the likes of mosquitoes and other pesky bugs.
- Cover your food. While you may want to put that gourmet spread on display, a fashionable food cover is the best option to keep your meal protected when there are insects around. You
- Use fans to keep mosquitos at bay. Mosquitoes are naturally weak fliers so by keeping the air circulating, you can deter flying buys. Fan’s also disperse carbon dioxide and other chemical cues and odors that mosquitoes use to locate hosts for feeding. Another added bonus is climate control in warmer weather. If heat is an issue, investing in or renting a misting system can help with temperature regulation.
- Build a bug-free bonfire. Burn sage in your outdoor fire pit. to keep pesky mosquitos and other insects away. Combine with other herbs like lavender and mint to give off a lovely scent. Add some s’mores and you’ve got the perfect entertaining and pest-free setting. If the weather during the party is on the cool side, be sure to keep a stack of blankets nearby or look into adding other outdoor heating options.
After all, if you want to keep pests (and weather) from ruining your outdoor party, the best defense is a good offense. So check out these tricks to make sure you and your guests enjoy the game without interruption. As Stinchcomb says, “You want to ensure your guests are slapping high fives and not themselves!”