As COVID-19 restrictions lift and restaurants begin to open for outdoor dining service, many owners and managers are considering how to make their al fresco dining experience as pleasant as possible for patrons looking to enjoy a meal with family and friends outside of their home.
Mosquito control might not be the first thing that comes to mind for restauranteurs setting up outdoor dining spaces, but patrons will take immediate notice if their dinner comes with a side of bites. Your staff will be bothered too! To keep the experience pleasant and safe for everyone, here are four things a restaurant can do to help eliminate mosquitoes during outdoor dining.
Four ways to provide a mosquito-free outdoor dining experience
- Fans are one of the easiest and lowest-maintenance ways to ensure mosquitoes aren’t bothering your diners. Mosquitoes don’t fly well in wind, so simply keeping air moving around your dining area will help keep them at bay. Added bonus – your customers will appreciate the breeze on a hot day too.
- Opt for decorative planters and flower pots with drain holes that let water go to the ground and not into a false bottom or catch trays. Mosquitoes can breed anywhere that water pools and sits.
- If you’re setting up your outdoor dining room under a tent and using water barrels to anchor the tent supports, your best choice is a water barrel with a tight-fitting lid. But if that’s not possible, you’ll want to put a larvicide tablet in the water barrel to prevent mosquito larvae in the water from becoming biting adults. Here’s one you could consider.
- Call a pro. Mosquito control service companies will know exactly how to target and reduce mosquito populations around your outdoor dining area. Based on the property size and location, they may suggest routine backpack treatments on surrounding foliage and other surfaces where adult mosquitoes like to rest, adult spray treatments, or even larvicide applications to containers and wet areas where they identify mosquito breeding.