Tips for Holiday Grilling Without Mosquitoes
You can't swat that nasty mosquito that wants to get you behind the knee while you've got two hands wrapped around a fully dressed hotdog. Nothing ruins a great barbecue quicker than bug bites. What kind of things can you do to prepare for that holiday event with all the kids and family so they enjoy the food and don't end up being the food?
Here are five simple ways to make your holiday gathering more pleasant:
1. Remove any standing water from your patio and the surrounding areas, especially bird baths, planters with the water saucer underneath or other cans/planters that you keep in the backyard.
2. Add a couple of tiki torches with citronella oil as citronella is a smell that mosquitoes simply don't like and will avoid.
3. When you're grilling put some rosemary on the grill. The wafting (smoldering) rosemary will keep mosquitoes and other biting insects at bay.
4. Apply an all-natural bug repellent like the one sold at Do Good Soaps and Suds. The Camp Love Lotion Bar has proven to be quite effective with our customers.
And this last tip is one I didn't believe in until I tried it--so now I do this ALL the time when I'm out gardening and lounging in the back with a glass of Bordeaux...
5. Keep a rotating fan blowing around the area where everyone is congregating. Flying insects do not fly when there is wind! It might be a bit odd and look as if you're trying to cool the backyard in an unconventional way, but the real point is to keep mosquitoes away. It works surprisingly well.
May you have a carefree, fun and mosquito-free Memorial Day weekend!
We send our love and good wishes,
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