Summertime is when the grilling gets good, friends come over, and so do the bugs! Mosquitos, ants, and other creepy crawling bugs. What do you need to do to prepare for all the guests?

BBQ Grill

Vinegar is a great way to clean the grill that prevents harmful chemicals getting into your food. Pour equal parts (2 cups) of regular vinegar and lukewarm water into squirt bottle. After you tighten top, shake vigorously to mix. Spray onto surfaces and use aluminum foil to scrub off tough residue. Tougher areas may need to soak with spray for 15 minutes. Use straight vinegar on the foil piece undiluted for the grills interior.

If you are still having difficulty getting grill racks and trays clean, put them in a large garbage sack with a spray solution of ½ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar. Let soak overnight and the remaining gunk should come off easier with a hose. A grill brush may be needed. No more dirt, scum, dried fat residue, or ashes!

Outdoor Furniture

Living in a humid conditions mildew collects on our outdoor furniture every year. You must clean it up to give it that fresh look- so your guests will actually use to sit on while visiting. Before you try the bleach solution, try using vinegar in a spray bottle undiluted. Most of the mildew should come off easily. For wood decks and wood patio furniture make a solution of 1 cup of ammonia, ½ cup of white vinegar, ¼ cup of baking soda and 1 gallon of water. Old toothbrushes make great scrubbing tools.

If all else fails to remove grime and mildew, make a solution of ½ cup of bleach, mild detergent, and 1 gallon of water in a bucket. Rinse with hose and let dry. WD-40 can also be sprayed directly on plastic furniture to spot clean. Wipe with a clean dry cloth.


Mosquitos are more prevalent during early evening and early morning. Citronella candles and basil plants will help minimize the flow of mosquitos in your area. Make sure there is no standing water in your yard and spray with a mosquito fogger in advance of guests arriving.

Food is a constant trigger for all flies, roaches, and other uninvited guests. Keep all food covered, garbage cans sealed and away from serving food, and try to serve all food indoors. Outdoors can be for entertaining and eating.

Remember the saying, “You can catch more flies with honey, then vinegar”? It’s true, a DIY fly trap with honey placed in various places both inside and outside may be your answer to flies!

“Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about”- John Mayer




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