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Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time of the year for you to host a cookout. Beautiful weather and delicious food creates a festive atmosphere. Don’t allow ants to intrude on your fun. Not only can they ruin your meal, but species such as fire ants can deliver a painful sting.

Why Do Ants Love Summertime Cookouts?

Ants are lured by the mouth-watering scent of freshly prepared food. Ants especially love sugary foods. They would love to chow down on barbecue sauce and sip sweet lemonade. Cupcakes are yet another favorite treat for ants. Whether you are dealing with black ants or carpenter ants, you must remain prepared for these foraging pests.

What Can You Do to Deter Ants?

1) Keep Foods and Beverages Covered

When cooking outdoors, it is critical that you keep everything covered up. After taking food off the grill, be sure to put it in a closed container. Not only will this keep smells from floating in the air, but it will also prevent ants from crawling on your food. Pies should be tightly wrapped in aluminum foil. Avoid using a punch bowl for beverages.

2) Keep the Area Clean

Don’t make the mistake of leaving your used utensils lying on a table. After you have finished eating, be sure to place any paper plates and cups in a tightly sealed trash container. Clean up spills immediately!

3) Spray Vinegar on Ant Hills

If you notice any ant hills in your backyard, use vinegar to send these pests running the other direction. Ants despise the smell of vinegar. Mix a spray bottle with equal amounts of vinegar and water. However, be sure to apply the vinegar solution before firing up the grill.

4) Use Cornstarch

Cornstarch is like Kryptonite to ants. If they attempt to consume cornstarch, their entire digestive system will ultimately shut down. You can place a line of cornstarch around the perimeter of your barbecuing area.

Although these strategies can help keep ants away, they are not always 100 percent effective. Nothing beats the security of having your backyard treated by a professional. Be sure to contact Pest Solutions for all of your pest control needs. You will be able to truly enjoy your Memorial Day barbecue.

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