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4th of July Pest Control Tips Massachusetts

With the 4th of July just around the corner, it's time to prepare for the cookouts, parades, and fireworks; unfortunately, living in New England means we must also prepare for the presence of pests around our festivities. But don't panic - there are ways to keep uninvited guests of the crawling, biting, stinging, and generally annoying variety from crashing your 4th of July celebration.

The 4 pests most likely to bombard your barbecue are:

Ants. Already on the hunt for protein and carbohydrates from blooming plants, ants may be drawn in by the allure of food scraps and sweet beverages. 

Mosquitoes. These potentially dangerous nuisances could be breeding on your property already, and a 4th of July celebration with lots of people in attendance is like an all-you-can-eat buffet for hungry mosquitoes.

Stinging insects. The sweet aromas of food and drink are bound to bring bees to your backyard - especially if you have flowering plants on your property.

Flies. Generally, flies are looking for one of two things: decaying organic matter or sugary substances. While we tend to think of flies as little more than an annoyance, the fact is that flies tend to frequent some pretty nasty places and can spread disease to humans by landing on food.

So what can you do to stop these pests from bugging you this holiday?

  • Keep things clean and covered. Periodically wipe down cooking, serving, and eating areas; keep food and beverage covered when possible; ensure that garbage and recycling bins are securely closed.
  • Stay away from flowering plants. Avoid serving or eating food near flowering plants to reduce your risk of a run-in with stinging insects.
  • Freshen up the water. Reduce standing water by emptying wheelbarrows, gardening tools, tire swings, and other items that collect water. Water in pet dishes, wading pools, bird baths and other sources should be changed regularly.
  • Tidy the yard. Minimize leaf litter and yard debris to reduce harborage and breeding areas for mosquitoes, ticks, rodents, and other pests.
  • Let the light in. Keep grass, shrubbery, and trees trimmed to allow natural light. Most pests prefer dark, shady, damp areas.
  • Use repellent. Use EPA-approved repellents to protect against mosquito and tick bites.

For even more tips and information about common summertime pests, check out our free Summer Pest Guidebook here.

We hope you enjoy your 4th of July completely free from pests! If they just won't give you your independence, the Burgess Pest team has your back - and an estimate is always free.

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