SCORE A TOUCHDOWN WITH A PEST-FREE TAILGATE
Arrow Exterminators Provides Tips to Keep Pests from Ruining
Tailgate Parties This Football Season
Football season has officially kicked-off and for fans in our
area, that means weekends are centered around tailgating with
family and friends. The fall weather, scrumptious snacks and
delicious grilled food leave not only opposing fans, but also pests
- like wasps, mosquitoes, flies and ants - looking to crash the
In an effort to keep pests from ruining your outdoor fun this
football season, Arrow Exterminators recommends the following
pest-free tailgate tips:
• With warm weather still lingering, wasps and yellowjackets
continue to be active pests. Both are attracted to sweets, so to
keep these stinging insects away, serve any sugary drinks in
covered pitchers and keep desserts in sealed containers.
• Mosquito season continues through October, so it's important
to be prepared to protect against these insects. To prevent
mosquitoes from biting, be sure to apply insect repellent
containing DEET to exposed skin before heading outdoors.
• House flies are a common nuisance pest with a lifespan of 15
to 25 days. Feeding mostly on liquids, house flies will travel up
to 20 miles to get food. To prevent these unwanted guests from
crashing your tailgate, be sure to pack well-sealed garbage cans
along with your tent and grill, and remove trash regularly
throughout the day.
• There are more than 700 different species of ants in the
United States that could ruin your tailgate. However, carpenter
ants, odorous house ants and argentine ants are the most common
types found this time of year. To prevent ants from enjoying your
pre-game goodies, keep food sealed in airtight containers and cover
it immediately after grilling.
"With all the excitement of football season, many fans do not
realize that insects can put a damper on their tailgate fun," said
Shay Runion, Arrow Pest Expert. "However, by taking the necessary
prevention steps, people of all ages can enjoy themselves while at
the same time keeping away any unwanted pests."