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 party.

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."