As we drift deeper into Autumn and the air gets crisp, it becomes the perfect time for an evening around the firepit. With the fire crackling, hot chocolate in your hands, surrounded by your favorite people, there is not much that could put a damper on the evening – that is, other than pests of course. Outdoor fires, unfortunately, can attract insects and ruin the whole experience. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to keep bugs away from the firepit this autumn.
Stagnant water can become a breeding ground for a variety of pests. Insects, like mosquitoes, often lay eggs in stagnant water and occupy the area around it. People usually bring buckets of water or a hose out to the fire pit so they can extinguish the fire at the end of the night. When someone leaves the bucket out or if the hose leaks a puddle onto the ground, there is a much higher chance that there will be insects waiting to ruin your next evening around the fire. You should always make sure to get rid of any stagnant water near the firepit. It also helps keep bugs away to have a cover for your fire pit in case it rains.
Protect Your Firewood
You can’t have a fire without wood and, unfortunately, pests like termites and carpenter ants love burrowing into firewood. This is especially true for fire pits, where the wood and kindling are typically kept outside. This makes the wood soft and damp which is ideal for burrowing pests. In order to protect your firewood from infestation, there are a few maintenance tasks you need to stay on top of.
After every fire, you should remove and dispose of any remaining wood pieces from the pit (of course, you need to wait until the fire is completely out and no longer hot.) Half-burned wood is a favorite spot for insects to inhabit. When burning a fire, always use the oldest pieces of firewood first, these are the first to rot. You should also keep your woodpile at least 20 feet away from your house to keep bugs away. Firewood stacked against a house makes it easier for them to enter and infest your home.
A night around the fire often includes activities like cooking s’mores over the flames or having a few drinks. Other than being a good camper and keeping the environment clean, it’s important to clean up to keep the area pest-free. Any food, drink or debris will attract pests looking for a quick bite to eat. Do yourself a favor and don’t leave any trash behind or you could find your fire pit overrun with insects.
If you are dealing with a pest problem at your firepit, you can use insect repellants to make the experience more enjoyable. You can light insect repellent torches around the area and use bug spray on your skin. It can also help to crush up and throw lavender, mint, lemon balm, sage, and citronella into the fire. These herbs have natural qualities that repel insects. While all these tactics may help keep bugs away, it’s best to call the professionals.
Keep Bugs Away for Good
Are you dealing with an insect infestation on your property or in your home? It’s time to call the professionals. You can always count on Amco Pest Solutions for all of your pest problems. AMCO has been coming up against problematic critters for a long time. In fact, we got our start as termite control consultants nearly a century ago. So if you want an affordable and definitive solution to your pest problem, give us a call!