Tips on Turning Away Backyard Party Crashers!

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Real Estate Agent with Red Rock Real Estate UT DRE# 6541633-SA00

Tips on Turning Away Backyard Party Crashers!

 

A great amount of effort goes into preparing a space for an afternoon or evening of entertaining guests. Planning a tasty food menu plus beverages, dusting all surfaces, pulling out lawn furniture, choosing games and music takes time.

 

Making invited visitors comfortable and feel welcome is at the top of the list and includes keeping all pests at bay for the duration. There are many things that can be done in advance to create an optimum setting for all. 

-- Place citronella plants around to repel mosquitoes.

-- House-fly traps entice them in with no way to get out.

-- Turn on the patio fans, flying bugs detest a good breeze.

-- Cover food up with clear domes to deter ants and wasps.

-- Remove any stagnant water, instead, turn on water features.

 

Bugs are attracted to sweet dishes like watermelon, coleslaw, baked beans, etc. By removing the temptation, guests will not have to fight them to get a bite or drink. Being proactive ensures a successful event that everyone can enjoy.

 

Still or stagnant water is a welcome mat for attracting mosquitoes near and far. They will make people dance a jig or swat to prevent getting bit. Drain the kiddie pool and toys, dump bird baths and buckets, clean all gutters out.

 

Forgo harsh chemicals, rely instead on healthier methods. Basil, Marigold flowers, Rosemary, Catnip, Lemon scented Geranium's and Chrysanthemum's are also an all-natural way to repel mosquitoe's, roaches, ants, ticks, fleas and bedbugs.

 

Take my advice and those pesky party crashers will think twice about crashing your backyard party. They may, however, show up in force at an unsuspecting neighbors event! LOL

 

 

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Comments (22)

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

We only invite those we enjoy and have a relationship with, the rest of those pests can vamoose John Pusa!

Jul 14, 2021 03:53 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

There is a huge pond on a neighbor's property Ron and Alexandra Seigel, that is used for his cattle. Occasionally when outside, I spot mosquitoes and we know what to do to rid them. Stagnant water is breeding opportunity for them and a no-no, any time, anywhere!

Jul 14, 2021 03:57 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Wanda- I love the idea of using natural repellents like basil and rosemary.  We've been very careful in our yard because of all of the birds we have. 

Jul 14, 2021 05:13 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

We also have the Citronella torches that really help and burning sage is a fantastic deterrent as well Kathy Streib! For a cooler evening, a fire in the pit turns bugs away quickly.

Jul 14, 2021 05:50 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I love entertaining outside but I have to admit I go the full "nuke" route and get out my yard fogger and have at it Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! 

Jul 14, 2021 07:26 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Wanda, your title tricked me.  I thought no big deal, in North Idaho we use repellent for back yard party crashers called Smith and Wesson, Colt, etc.  lol   Your ideas work well also.  Make it a great back yard party.  Mark

Jul 14, 2021 07:43 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

WOW Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint , your mosquitoes must be a lot bigger then ours. 

Jul 15, 2021 05:18 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Wanda - non of those party crashers are fun.  The ones that are the most annoying for us are wasps.

Jul 15, 2021 03:32 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Wanda - the tips suggested in your post seem like the ideal plan.  The execution of it seems to fit the goal of enjoying a party of those who are officially invited.  

Jul 15, 2021 03:55 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is timely advice to share.

A coating of insect repellent is also recommended in our area.

Jul 15, 2021 04:46 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

These are all great ideas for minimizing pest visits!

 

Enjoy your day.

Jul 15, 2021 05:24 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

These are really good tips and a fun event can quickly become miserable if pests are bothering all of the guests, haha.

Jul 15, 2021 05:33 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Thankfully, we can avoid doing that Bob "RealMan" Timm! Fun video's on your post today and I do appreicate the mention. Happy backyard entertaining!

Jul 15, 2021 08:29 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

The title worked then Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, piquing your curiosity! Those types of guests are unwelcome as well.

Jul 15, 2021 08:32 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Wasps think everything is their territory in the great outdoors Grant Schneider. When younger, I worked for the city parks, cleaning up early mornings. The wasps would dive bomb and scare me when pulling garbage bags from the cans! It was tricky to avoid their painful sting.

Jul 15, 2021 08:35 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

These tips do work to promote spending time outdoors without the distraction of germ carrying, blood sucking pests Michael Jacobs. Now, if only the summer heat would cooperate with a nice cool down!

Jul 15, 2021 09:03 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

We enjoy the great outdoors for most of the year bug-free Roy Kelley

Jul 15, 2021 09:07 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

We don't need no stinking pests in our piece of paradice Kat Palmiotti!

Jul 15, 2021 09:08 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

We try to be the best hosts possible at the Silo Brian England, which is why we are proactive about pest prevention. The same goes for our garden! 

Jul 15, 2021 09:09 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

In our deck area we have flower boxes with marigolds and the mosquitoes don't like them at all. You offer many a good thought to deter the little ones.

Jul 16, 2021 09:02 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

That is a good, all natural alternative Ed Silva, that works! 

Jul 16, 2021 10:27 AM