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Preventing Ants from Ruining Your Memorial Day BBQ

Like many Florida residents, you are probably already eagerly anticipating the summer and all of the fun outdoor events that it brings. While summer is certainly a great time to hold barbecues and other outdoor gatherings, it’s also a very busy season for ants. Unfortunately, outdoor get togethers feature a lot of food and drinks, which attract ants like moths to a flame. Happily, you don’t have to take this problem sitting down. Impact Pest Elimination is here to help you to achieve optimal ant control. In the meantime, read on to find out how to keep ants from ruining your Memorial Day barbecue.

Ants Love Barbecues

The reason that ants are such an issue during barbecues and other outdoor get togethers is because people prepare and eat all kinds of foods and drinks that they absolutely love. Different types of ants are drawn to different types of food, but the typical barbecue includes a little bit of something for everyone. Some ants prefer sweets, and barbecues typically feature sugary sodas, juices, candies and other treats. Other ants prefer carbs, and there are always hamburger buns, potato chips and plenty of other carbs around. Many ants prefer proteins like meats and cheeses, which are also abundant during such events.

Cover Food to Ward Off Ants

One of the best ways to control ants during an outdoor summer barbecue in Florida is by keeping foods and drinks covered as much as possible. Many people serve food inside the home and only dine outside, which largely reduces the issue. When food must be served outside, it should be kept in containers that can be kept tightly sealed when not in use. Dirty plates and cups should be cleaned up right away, and scraps should be thrown out in sealed trash containers. Throughout the barbecue, keep an eye out for spills, and clean them up right away.

Call Impact Pest Elimination for Ant Control

Even if you are very careful about staying neat and tidy with food during your Memorial Day BBQ, you may find ants all over the place. This probably means that your property is home to numerous ant colonies. This is especially true if you have been finding ants inside your home. You do not have to take this problem sitting down. Impact Pest Elimination is the local expert when it comes to effective and affordable ant control solutions. If you are located in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Sarasota or Manatee county and would like to enjoy an ant-free summer, give us a call today to schedule service.