When the weather is nice, there’s nothing better than hanging around the fire with your friends and family. However, pesky pests can interrupt your good times when they congregate in and around your fire pit. Fortunately, there are plenty of steps you can take to reduce the number of bugs attracted to your fire pit, so you can fully enjoy the warmth of the fire. Horizon Pest Control has a few tips to help keep your fire pit clear from pests.
Limit Standing Water
It's normal for homeowners to bring out a jug of water as a precautionary measure. However, if left unattended, that container of water can become a major hotbed for pest activity. Certain creatures, especially mosquitoes, love standing water and will use it as a place to lay their eggs, furthering your problem. For this reason, you should limit the amount of standing water near your fire pit by putting a lid on water containers or leaving them indoors.
Also, make sure to always have the cover for your fire pit on when not in use so that rain doesn’t collect in the pit itself. Getting rid of any standing water in the area can help save you from annoying and potentially harmful bites.
Manage Your Firewood
Just like mosquitoes are attracted to standing water, termites and carpenter ants love to burrow into damp and soft wood. If you do not properly maintain your pile of firewood, it could soon be home to a colony of pests.
After each fire in your pit, clear out any remaining fragments of wood to eliminate nesting places for termites. How you store your firewood also makes a huge difference in regards to attracting pests. Make sure to rotate your firewood and use the oldest pieces first, since they are the closest to rotting. Do not keep your woodpile stacked against your house or garage since it creates an easy bridge from the pile into your home for pests. Instead, keep your pile at least 20 feet away from your home and store it off the ground to make it harder to reach.
Clean Up After Yourself
Toasting marshmallows and making s’mores with the kids or having a drink with friends are great ways to increase the amount of fun at a fire. But after you’re done for the night, it’s important that you clean up any trash or remaining food that's left over. Leaving this debris near your fire pit is an invitation for pests to come and sample discarded marshmallows or a half-empty beer container. The longer you leave this trash around your fire pit, the more likely pests are to show up, so make sure to take care of the surrounding area soon after you’re finished.
When It Goes Too Far
Sometimes, you may follow all of these steps and still find yourself overrun with pests, like mosquitoes and termites, putting a serious damper on your ability to enjoy your own backyard. When this happens, it's time to call a professional. Horizon Pest Control handles residential homes in North and Central New Jersey, as well as Rockland County, NY and New York City, and has specific outdoor pest control methods that let you take back your yard. Want to learn more? Contact us today.