TIPS FOR A PEST-FREE TAILGATE
Arrow Exterminators Provides Tips to Keep Pests from
Ruining Tailgate Parties This Football Season (we can't do
anything about opposing fans)
Football season has officially kicked-off and for fans in our
area, that means weekend activities include tailgating with family
and friends. While many are on the lookout for opposing fans
wanting to crash the party, other pests aren't usually top of
mind. Delicious grilled food, scrumptious snacks and tasty
desserts combined with the warm weather that is still lingering
attracts pests like wasps, mosquitoes, flies and ants.
Arrow Exterminators, a local pest and termite control company,
has put together the following tips for a pest-free tailgating
- Wasps and yellow jackets continue to be active pests this time
of year. Both are attracted to sweets, so to keep these stinging
insects away, serve any sugary drinks in covered pitchers and keep
desserts in sealed, air-tight 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 feed mostly on liquids and will travel up to 20
miles to get food. To prevent these unwanted guests from crashing
your tailgate, be sure to keep food covered and pack well-sealed
garbage cans along with your tent and grill. Be sure to
dispose of trash regularly throughout the day.
- There are more than 700 different species of ants in the United
States that could ruin your tailgate. However, fire 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 keep covered at all
"With all the excitement of football season, many fans do not
realize that insects can quickly put a damper on their tailgate
fun," said Shay Runion, Arrow Pest Expert. "Stinging insects send
over half a million people to the emergency room each year and
mosquitoes can transmit diseases like West Nile Virus and
Encephalitis, continued Runion, "However, by taking the necessary
prevention steps, people of all ages can enjoy themselves while at
the same time keeping away any unwanted pests."