Yellow Jackets, flies and mosquitos

Asked April 6, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

I am planning an outdoor wedding at 6pm Sept 1st 2013. There will be food(meat&fruit), I can cover the food and garbage cans but how do I keep these pests from swarming around people and food? Thank you! Susan

Multnomah County Oregon insect issues insects urban integrated pest management

1 Response

The best way to reduce the number of foraging yellowjacket wasps is to eliminate nearby nests with poison bait. See http://www.livingwithbugs.com/yellowjacket_bait.html (this is my personal site) for a discussion of this method. You should deploy the bait about a week before the event. The wasp traps that use a scented lure can be used as well but are not nearly as effective. For flies be certain that any nearby garbage cans (dumpsters) are moved and/or treated before the event. You might also deploy baited fly traps a few days before the event (contact a farm supply store for these). Mosquitoes should only be a problem if you are near water such as a lake. In this case you might have some mosquito repellent containing picaridin available for guests that are being bothered. Picaridin-based repellents have less odor than those based on DEET.