With the summer now upon us that can only mean only two things for us Brits, lots of rain and as many barbecues as we can squeeze in during those rare hot days. Now I know we have previously covered this subject on our blog using natural methods but we decided to tell you again how to deal with these pests that are prevalent during the summer months using some more common sense methods.
Sources indicate that up to half a million people visit the local hospital each year with insect related ailments so we think it’s wise to be ready and prepared for when your guests arrive so as to make the party run as smooth as possible without any nasty little mishaps.
One particular barbecue that I visit is an annual gathering for lots of people and I can honestly say that the planning is so good that the only mishaps that have ever happen is of the drunken variety and we all know what happens there. (Pictures of people in the bath or falling in a pond will be gladly accepted).
It’s a great pleasure to visit this family get together every year, so upon writing this I can comfortably say that if you follow these simple steps, the success of your party will be remembered for many years to come.
Things to consider:
- Before the party starts ensure that the lawn is freshly mowed and that bushes are neatly trimmed as these can be a haven for all those creepy crawlies.
- Ensure your barbecue is nice and clean before any party. Not only for cleanliness but insects and spiders have a tendency to hide in those hard to reach areas and especially so if you have a gas barbecue as the odour released from the gas smells like rotten eggs. We have covered keeping the barbecue clean before so check it out.
- Keep all food and drinks covered in suitable containers at all times for the duration of the party, flies and bugs carry an array of germs that you will not want contaminating the food.
- Keep rubbish away from the vicinity of your guests and food and have a facility available to remove waste whenever the need arises. Flies and wasps are particularly attracted to rubbish and this can ruin everyone’s evening.
- Try to serve food indoors where possible, and keep the outdoors for the guests, the entertainment and of course consuming the food.
- Citronella candles are an extremely popular repellent, especially for mosquito’s and annoying midges – these situated safely around the perimeter of the cooking area will give added protection and will also give an added ambience, particularly in the evening.
- Keep a fan close to the cooking area. A few years ago the heat was tremendous from the sun (a rarity I know) and a fan was promptly installed to ward off any insects that may have had the wrong idea about approaching our food.
Hopefully here we have covered more or less everything but if we haven’t, pop over to our Google + page and we will be happy to add to it.
Before I leave you to get on with your planning, there is one final thing to consider -enlist some help. There is no way you can do all this preparation alone so assign each family member with a task or two and you will soon be waiting in anticipation for your guests to arrive.