The last “guest” you want at your outdoor event are bugs or other lawn and garden pests. When creating your dream outdoor kitchen design it is a good idea to go ahead and integrate pest-prevention techniques as part of your plan.
The following are some tips to keep those outdoor pests away from your outdoor fun and dining:
Foggers and chemicals – prepare your outdoor kitchen ahead of time by using a fogger around the perimeter areas. Avoid getting any of the chemical on your countertops or appliances, however.
Bug lanterns – carefully position a bug lantern away from the main gathering and eating areas, but close enough to attract and condemn bugs so they will not bother your guests.
Tiki torches and candles – these are actually attractive and also practical. Torches and candles provide lighting for your outdoor area, add a romantic ambience, and also can keep pests away.
Colanders and covers – to keep your buffet free and clear of pests have covers and colanders available so that the food is easily accessible but not reachable by bugs.
Patio nets and deck covers – there are some very nice mosquito net options available that can fit beautifully into patio areas so that guests can sit down and eat or socialize without worrying about bugs.
Mow the lawn – keeping your outdoor dining area clear of tall plants and grass can prevent a lot of bugs from setting up camp nearby. You can have attractive planters with some flowers and such, but be cautious about what types of plants you use so they do not attract too many bees or other insects. Catnip or rosemary can discourage many types of bugs from coming close.
Blow them away – installing several fans around your outdoor kitchen and dining areas can produce just enough wind to keep flying pests from coming anywhere near your guests. You can use outdoor ceiling fans, portable fans, and even vent fans if you like.
Clean up – keep trash receptacles handy for everyone to use and empty the trash often. Also have environmentally safe cleaners around to take care of spills or to clean up the countertops and appliances after use. Make sure everything is sealed away and cleaned thoroughly so unwanted pests will have no interest in your outdoor kitchen areas