4 Strategies for a Bug-free BBQ

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As the weather warms in most parts of our country, more and more of us begin to spend our days and evenings outside. Whether that’s doing yard work, playing with pets outside or grilling with the family, we all want to enjoy the outdoors once it gets nicer out. But you know what else likes to enjoy the nice weather? Insects – millions and millions of them.

Mosquitoes are the biggest culprits, but ticks, gnats, biting flies, wasps and other stinging insects can all make our time outdoors less enjoyable. Luckily for us, we have ways to fight back. Check out 4 different ways you and your family can stay bug-free this season.

Insect Spray

1. Sprays

Mosquito spray is probably the first thing that comes to mind here and is still the most commonly used personal insect repellent. Sprays are effective and widely available, lending to their lasting popularity. 

DEET is the key ingredient, and DEET works by making it difficult for insects to smell us. Given that these insects may transmit diseases such as West Nile or Zika viruses, an insect spray containing high levels of DEET is a cost-effective way to keep you safe.

There are multiple formulas of insect spray available as well. Some include aloe and vitamin E to soothe skin, others have lower levels of DEET to reduce the risk of irritation on children with sensitive skin, while some formulas offer up to 40% DEET if you’re planning to head into the backcountry. 

With tons of varieties available, you’re able to choose which insect spray works best for your specific needs.

Wearable Repellent

2. Wearable Repellent

We’re going to define wearable repellent as both products that can be worn on the body like clips or bracelets as well as lotions and other more easily applied substances. 

If you’re looking for an insect repellent that tends to be less irritating to sensitive skin, you may want to try wipes or lotions. Insect repellent lotion tends to be much easier to apply, especially to children, and can last longer than traditional sprays.

Insect repelling devices like clips, wristbands, and bracelets have become increasingly popular as well. Wristbands and bracelets are great for kids, especially those that may be sensitive or irritated by sprays. They’re easily applied and worn by active kids, and don’t give off an unpleasant smell like some sprays.

Personal mosquito repellents like the ThermaCELL devices are particularly good for hunting because it produces no odor and requires no spray or lotion. It works using replaceable butane cartridges that heat up a repellent mat inside the device, silently releasing a synthetic version of natural insect repellent. These devices often cover up to 225 sq. ft.

deck and yard solutions

3. Deck & Yard Solutions

People love to gather on decks and patios for summer cookouts…and mosquitoes love to gather around people, so you can see where the conflict is going to happen. Thankfully, there are plenty of different products designed to keep bugs away from your gathering place.

Mosquito dunks are an all-natural solution for mosquito control. They’re basically little tablets that can be placed in any water garden or standing body of water near the home, and they’ll kill mosquito larvae before they ever hatch. Best of all, they’re safe for pets and they control the mosquito population biologically without any kind of chemical spray.

Cutter’s Backyard Bug Control can be applied to the lawn and covers up to 5,000 sq. ft. It’s water-based and lasts up to 12 weeks, even after rain. It’s a great way to fight back against mosquitoes and flying insects in your entire back yard.

ThermaCELL also offers a Camp Mosquito Repellent Lamp, perfect for campsites or patio areas. It works like their personal repellent devices, but also offers a 300 lumen lantern with 50 hours of run time off its D cell batteries.


4. Insect Traps

If you’re looking to control and eliminate mosquitoes in areas from ½ acre to an acre in size, DynaTrap insect traps are the way to go. Using UV bulbs and a surface that produces carbon dioxide, these traps attract, kill, and collect mosquitoes, moths, wasps, and other flying insects. These traps can be run 24/7 and provide months of mosquito relief. DynaTrap offers a variety of options, including:

- the Dynatrap’s Ultralight trap, which covers up to 300 sq. ft. and can be hung anywhere – perfect for camping, patios and picnics
- the DynaTrap Sonata series, offering ½ acre coverage and a decorative design to hide the fact that it’s really an insect trap
- the DynaTrapXL, a 1 acre trap with brighter bulbs and more powerful fan to attract and trap mosquitoes over a huge area. Even at its size, it only costs a couple of dollars a month to run.

There are a variety of ways to keep bugs from ruining your BBQs this summer for all shapes and sizes of backyard spaces. Preventing mosquitoes and other flying nuisances can be the difference between a great evening outdoors and one spent inside wishing you could be out there! Find the solution that works for you, then make your backyard the go-to entertainment space this summer!

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