One thing that you might be looking forward to about summer is being able to spend more time outdoors your West Des Moines home. However, mosquitoes can be pesky and can really get in the way of your fun. If you are looking to hang out or entertain outdoors this year without worrying about these pesky creatures, follow these tips.

Invest in Professional West Des Moines Pest Control

One West Des Moines mosquito control option that you might not have thought about is hiring a professional pest control company to help you. However, a professional pest control company can send out a team of pros to spray your yard and keep mosquitoes and other pests at bay. This is one of the most effective ways of cutting down on your mosquito population, which can make outdoor living that much more fun. Plus, along with getting rid of mosquitoes, they can also do something about ants, termites, bees, wasps, hornets and other outdoor pests. It’s a great way to cut down on pests and make outdoor living that much more enjoyable.

Keep Your Outdoor Living Area Clean

Keeping your outdoor living area as clean as possible can help prevent mosquitoes, flies and other pests from being a problem. Keep your grill nice and clean (pro tip: It’s easier to clean your grill while it’s still hot, and then you don’t have to worry about food particles attracting pests), clean up food and drink spills as quickly as possible, and avoid allowing water to stand on your patio or deck. These tips can help keep all outdoor pests at bay and can make for a much nicer outdoor living area, too.

Use Citronella

Did you know that citronella is a wonderful repellent for all sorts of outdoor pests? Plus, some people love the way that it smells, and it’s a great way to add a festive touch to any outdoor gathering.

You can use citronella candles when you’re outdoors — along with preventing pests from coming nearby, they can also add a nice touch of flickering lighting, especially when the sun goes down. You can purchase them at any camping store, garden center or mass market retail store, and some of them come in huge buckets that will last for a good part of the summer.

Another choice is to use tiki torches with citronella-infused fuel. They look great and can give your outdoor living area a nice party atmosphere for even the smallest and simplest of gatherings, and they can add additional lighting for outdoor parties in the evening hours. On top of those benefits, they are also great for keeping mosquitoes, flies and other annoying outdoor pests at bay.

Keep Bug Spray on Hand

Consider spritzing on a bit of bug spray before heading outdoors to hang out. You may also want to keep some on hand for your guests to use when you’re throwing a party or hanging out with loved ones. Just make sure that you look for a bug spray that doesn’t include too many harsh chemicals and that won’t irritate your skin.

Mosquitoes can be a real pain when it comes to spending time outdoors during the summer months, and flies and other pests can contribute to the problem, too. You don’t have to avoid spending time outside just because of these pests, however. Instead, follow these tips, and contact us at Miller Pest and Termite today to find out more about our professional pest control services. Not only can we help keep outdoor pests at bay, but we can also talk to you about any indoor pest-related problems and can help you get rid of pests for good.