Dine El Fresco (Without Pests) This Summer

August 25, 2021 | Last Updated: April 3, 2022

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The long, lazy nights of summer call for dinners with friends and family. It’s that time of year when it’s pleasant to be outside, and the best way to celebrate is with the soundtrack of clinking glasses, chitchat, and laughter; the vibe is easy and relaxed, and the hours drift away.

Nothing ruins outdoor dining like uninvited guests. Ants crawling, mosquitos biting, flies buzzing, and wasps stinging can leave diners with a bad taste in their mouths—and can ultimately lead to a bad review.


There’s nothing worse than constantly swatting away mosquitoes and dealing with itching skin while trying to eat outdoors on a lovely evening.  Eliminating standing water (think water features and flowerpots) can help deter these pesky pests from making themselves feel at home at your restaurant.


Eating outside during the summer months is an open invitation for flies to dive into meals. They aren’t just pesky; they’re also unsanitary and can contaminate the food on your patio. Flies generally make their homes close to food sources and prefer to gather around lighted areas.


Ants are tricky to get rid of once they’ve made their appearance. They’re social and live in colonies that can reach the hundreds of thousands—and that’s not the type of guests your diners want to mingle with. Most ants make themselves at home in soil and send out their workers to find and collect sugary foods, meats, and grease (AKA party snacks). Not only are they annoying, but they can also damage lawns and inflict painful bites.


Unfortunately, there tend to be more not too far away when one wasp is spotted. Paper wasps build aerial nests hanging from trees and roofs and can become aggressive (stinging!) when defending their nests. When locating a nest restaurant, it’s best to let the professionals with the proper equipment and training remove it safely.

Protect Your Patio with Orkin Canada

Our complete Patio Protection program is dedicated to helping your outside restaurant space stay pest-free:

  • Installation of equipment (yours to keep at the end of the program!)
  • Monthly (at minimum) pest control treatments
  • Equipment maintenance, reports, and recommendations

Call your local branch for comprehensive patio pest prevention.

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Alice Sinia Quality Assurance Manager – Regulatory/Lab Services

Reviewed by Alice Sinia, Ph.D., MSc on August 20, 2021.

Master of Science Degree in Pest Management (MSc.) – Simon Fraser University; BSc. (Hons) Biological Sciences (Entomology & Parasitology) – Makerere University; Advanced Level Certificate of Education – Trinity College; Ph.D. – University of Guelph)

With more than 20 years of experience, Alice is responsible for the management of the Orkin Canada Quality Assurance Laboratory located at our GTA Training Centre. She performs analytical entomology (investigates product adulteration using biochemical and comparative tissue methods), and provides technical support in pest/insect identification to branch offices and clients nationwide. In addition, Alice also prepares scientific reports for Orkin Canada clients, updates Orkin management on any changes or updates to any government regulations pertaining to the pest control industry. Alice also performs quality assurance account compliance audits.

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