During the summer, you want to celebrate the warm air and sunny skies with your friends, and summer parties offer the perfect chance to catch up and have fun. However, uninvited guests can ruin the party in a hurry, so how do you keep pests at bay while you throw a party at your Safety Harbor, Florida, home?

Light Citronella Candles

Mosquitoes aren’t just nuisances — they spread disease and leave angry red welts in their wake. To chase away these flying critters, arrange citronella candles throughout the party location. Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide your body releases. The citronella plant boasts a strong smell that can mask carbon dioxide, so mosquitoes will have a difficult time finding your party guests.

You can also plant citronella in your yard or in baskets that you hang around your patio. Alternatively, consider setting up table and box fans. They will not only keep your guests cool, but also deter mosquitoes from flying into the space.

Cover Foods and Beverages

Open containers of tasty foods and beverages might draw your guests to the concession table, but they’ll also advertise the free buffet to pests. Use plastic or metal covers to seal your dishes until guests want to serve themselves. Consider keeping your party food in simple plastic containers with snap-on lids. They’re easy to set up and clean up, and they keep critters out.

Keep Cans of Bug Spray on Hand

Just like the party favors you might prepare for guests at your kids’ parties, you can hand out cans of bug spray when guests arrive at your summer party. While some people will abstain, others will gratefully coat their exposed skin with the bug-repelling ingredients, then go home with no bug bites and no regrets. To make the experience more festive, you might fill a cute basket with the cans of bug spray or wrap each can in a DIY label.

Have Your Home Treated First

Insects, rodents, and other pests might crash your party no matter how many precautions you take, especially if you have an active infestation. If you’re planning a party in the near future, we’ll send out one of our qualified technicians to inspect your home and schedule treatment if necessary.

To stay on top of pests, we also recommend a service agreement. You’ll save money on pest control services and make sure that your home gets inspected regularly. Pest infestations get worse the longer you neglect them, so we try to catch them before they become a significant nuisance.

Avoid Standing Water

Mosquitoes and other insects often flock to standing water. It’s where they lay their eggs and, in some cases, hunt for prey. A barrel full of rain water or a puddle from last night’s rain can attract new pests and make your party guests miserable. While you can’t remove your swimming pool or your koi pond, try to minimize standing water around the party area. Avoid throwing your event in an area that has constant standing water.

Mow the Grass and Trim the Foliage

Snakes, rodents, insects, and other pests often feel drawn to areas that give them concealment and camouflage. Tall grass, dense foliage, and overgrown weeds can create the ideal atmosphere for these pests, so remove them before your party starts. Mow your lawn the day before the event and attack your flower beds with a set of pruning shears. We can also spray your lawn in preparation for your party.

Invest in Covered Cups

In addition to protecting your buffet table, make sure your guests don’t sip from beverages to which insects also have access. You can find inexpensive party cups with covers and straws at your local big box store. Choose a variety of colors to give your party a festive flair and use tape and markers to label each guest’s drink. Alternatively, serve bottled beverages so guests can put the caps back on when they’re done taking a sip.

You can take control over your summer party guest list — ants, mosquitoes, snakes, and rodents need not apply. To get your home ready for a summer bash, call JD Smith Pest Control at 727-483-5797 and let us inspect your home.

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