Labor Day is just over a week away. If you are hosting friends and family over the long weekend, take the proper steps to ensure that your yard is a comfortable, pest-free, and safe area for your celebration. Phillip Zellner, SSC’s Regional Director of Operations- Grounds Management at Texas A&M University, has a few tips to help you get ready for the holiday weekend. Over the next week, be sure to spend some time in your yard looking for the following:
- Check for fire ants in your yard and treat fire ant mounds with a drench per the label. Dealing with these ants before your gathering can save you the headache of dealing with them on the spot, and your guests the pain of accidentally stepping in the wrong place.
- Look for areas in your yard that might hold water, which could easily harbor mosquitoes. Buckets, kid’s toys, and anything else that holds water should be emptied now to remove a breeding habitat for these bloodsuckers.
- Inspect for wasps underneath your grill, the swing set, and any outdoor chairs and picnic tables. Wasp spray is readily available, easy to use, and provides a quick fix to remove aggressive paper wasps. These insect pests are much less painful to address now, instead of when you are flipping burgers and hotdogs on the grill.
- If you are going to be shooting fireworks, having a bonfire, or doing anything with sparks, be sure to remove any piles of flammable vegetation from the yard before reaching for a lighter. Dried leaves, grass clippings, or dry branches can be a hazard if sparks start to fly. Have a garden hose on standby just in case you need it.
These simple preventative actions can make a huge difference when it comes to having a stress-free holiday weekend with the ones you love. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn and check out our Resource Center for more helpful tips and tricks to use at home.
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