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Outdoor Bug Control for Your Backyard Wedding

Finding an outdoor wedding venue that is affordable and picturesque can be a challenge. A backyard wedding can serve as a uniquely sentimental option for couples looking to have an outdoor ceremony experience.

Does a backyard wedding sound like the perfect option for you? There are a few extra details that need attention in order for the ceremony to go smoothly.  In preparation for your big day, you want to make sure you take every precaution to prevent any pests or unwanted insects from crashing the reception.

Common lawn pests

Before you get started on your lawn care, it’s important to know what you’re dealing with. There are six common pests that could be harming your lawn, but there are three in particular that could really ruin the party.

If you find yellowing or weak spots on your lawn, leatherjackets may be to blame. Typically, it is the larvae that are responsible for eating up healthy grass roots and stems. To help achieve that green aisle you’re dreaming of, consider an all-natural treatment that applies beneficial nematodes to the lawn in the spring to help reduce the infestation.

No one wants to find ants crawling on their feet during the ceremony. Watch out for mounds of fire ants while prepping your lawn. It’s important to treat your lawn with an application that will upend the ant colony by destroying its queen and prevent resettlement across the entire yard.

Lastly, make sure to take precautionary measures against mosquitoes so you don’t have any uninvited guests at the reception. While mosquitoes don’t do physical damage to your lawn’s turf, they certainly make it challenging to enjoy your outdoor space. TruGreen® specialists are here to offer support and a customized treatment plan to protect your lawn in preparation for life’s biggest events.

How to get rid of mosquitoes in the yard for your party

Mosquitoes are not only a distraction, but also a major health concern. Here are a few ways to help your guests have a memorable experience by prepping your outdoor space to eliminate mosquito bites during your event.

  • Monitor standing water fixtures or buckets regularly to prevent an opportunity for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.
  • Maintain a lawn clear of debris such as twigs, branches and leaves will also help prevent mosquitoes from making a home in your yard.
  • Trim overgrown vegetation and your lawn can help prevent these pests from visiting your home, as they tend to prefer cooler, shaded areas.
  • Take the necessary precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and consider hiring a TruGreen® PhD-certified specialist who can kill mosquitoes where they rest – in trees, shrubs, mulched areas and all types of ground cover. Using our TruShield Lawn Pest Control service will work to eliminate a wide range of existing pests and prevent future infestation.

How to keep flies away from food and drinks

If you’re planning on serving food or drink at your reception party, you’re going to want to protect it from flies. Investing in a mesh food tent will prevent flies from getting in the way as guests enjoy their meals.

Making sure the trash bins are covered is another way to prevent flies from surrounding the tables and crashing your party.

Incorporate bug-repelling items in your decorations

Citronella is well-known for being a strong defense against unwanted insects. You can easily incorporate citronella candles into your decor to provide a visually pleasing defense against pests. By placing citronella candles in mason jars or clear vases you can enjoy the candlelit atmosphere without the unwanted pests.

Additionally, incorporating plants and herbs such as basil and lavender to your decorations can serve as an additional defense against bugs.

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