Hosting a classic BBQ is a quintessential Australian pastime, but nothing can ruin the experience faster than discovering unwanted bugs like ants and spiders infiltrating your backyard feast.

Bugs in the BBQ can definitely dampen the mood at a backyard celebration, but the good news is there are ways to go about preventing bugs in BBQ and ensuring the success of your outdoor meal.

1. Maintain Impeccable Cleanliness:

One of the most effective methods of pest control in regards to BBQ bugs is simply to ensure that your BBQ and the BBQ area are cleaned after use and kept clean until the next time you wish to have a barbecue. All scraps of food should be removed, and the grill scraped off to avoid infestation. Bug stains can also be removed with a paper towel and cooking oil.

2. Embrace the Power of Outdoor Fans:

One effective way to ward off flying insects like flies is by utilizing an outdoor fan. The steady breeze created by the fan not only keeps you cool during the hot Australian summers but also acts as a natural deterrent to winged pests. Flies and other insects find it challenging to withstand a good breeze, making the fan a practical and eco-friendly solution to maintain a bug-free BBQ zone.

3. Unleash the Power of Heat:

Harness the power of heat to combat smaller pests such as ants, cockroaches, and spiders. Once you light the grill, close the lid, and let it heat up for 5 to 10 minutes. The heat will prove less effective against larger pests but can be highly successful against the smaller intruders. However, it’s essential to remember never to leave your grill unattended while it’s burning.

4. Remove standing water:

Just twelve inches of water is all that is required for mosquitoes to be able to reproduce, so to ensure that mosquitoes do not breed in your backyard and then turn up announced to spoil your BBQ get-together, drain or remove any standing sources of water from the likes of baby pools, birdbaths, grill covers, and flower pots.

5. Make use of insect repellent:

A BBQ taking place prior to sundown would not be complete without having plenty of insect repellent on hand for both you and your guests.

6. Mosquito control:

Another good way to avoid infestation by mosquitoes is to get a qualified pest control specialist such as Flick to identify, treat and remove any possible hideouts for pests. If you identify any other signs of bug infestation in the BBQ area, such as droppings, contact Flick immediately.

A BBQ is a time for relaxation, good food, and enjoyable company, and there’s no room for unwanted guests like ants and other insects. By following these three simple yet effective tips—keeping your BBQ area clean, using outdoor fans, and utilizing the power of heat—you can create a pest-free haven for your cookout, ensuring that you and your guests have an unforgettable experience. Remember, for more long-term protection against pests, consider seeking professional assistance from experts like Flick. Now, gather your friends, fire up the grill, and enjoy a delightful and bug-free BBQ in the true spirit of Australia!

Got Pests? Flick ’em! Did you know that Flick can treat areas like your BBQ to provide more long-term protection from pests? Call us on 1300 270 019 today to discuss how we can help you prevent pests and make your BBQs truly enjoyable experiences!

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