Kick Off to Mosquito Sheriff Summer Grilling Series
Summer is officially here! The time has come for long days, warm nights, and grilling with the ones you love. Spending time outside is one of the greatest things about summertime. There are some things to consider before heading out the door to your patio for dinner. You should be sure you are protected from pests that carry nasty diseases and have some great grilling recipes on hand.
When you think about spending more time outdoors you need to be sure you and your family are protected. That means not only from the sun, but from pests that are lurking in your yard. The most dangerous ones to watch for are mosquitoes and ticks. These two insects can carry deadly diseases that cause a lot of harm and make you very sick. Taking proper precautions will keep you safe and make your time outside enjoyable.
First you can treat your yard monthly with the proper pest control services. When looking for the right options for your home choose a non-toxic, all-natural spray that is safe for your family and pets. Mosquito Sheriff is a great pest control service that checks all these boxes. Mosquito Sheriff offers a safe and eco-friendly alternative to pest control which is why it is the number one brand families’ trust. You can never be too safe when you are protecting your home and the ones who live there.
Next you can keep plants around your home and in your garden that will keep your home safe from mosquitoes and ticks. This is a great way to keep your property beautiful and safe from these pests. There are so many wonderful plants and herbs that are mosquito and tick repellents.
Mosquito and Tick Repellent Plants:
When you think about all these wonderful plants and herbs you start to think about what you can do with them. Some of these would be wonderful in our grilling recipes. Planting a herb garden would not only be beneficial to repelling insects, but also to enhance your summer recipes. Spending time enjoying the weather and family time is always a little better when there is good food on the menu. This is why Mosquito Sheriff loves to share the Summer Grilling Series with you. You can be sure to look for our yummy recipe shares to keep you spending time in your yard enjoying your home.
Our first recipe is a panzanella salad featuring basil. Basil is a wonderful herb to keep in your garden, around your home, and on your patio. Basil is an herb that can keep away mosquitoes and other pests. The basil plant produces an essential oil called eucalyptol that naturally repels the bugs. Basil leaves alone naturally provide 79% efficiency in deterring several mosquito species from their leaves and 100% efficiency from the oil. Different variables of basil have different abilities and Thai basil has the best one.
Check out our first recipe in our Summer Grilling Series!
3 cups 1 1/2-inch-cubed whole-wheat bread
One 10-ounce package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed (about 2 cups)
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
3 large red tomatoes, cut into wedges (about 2 pounds)
1 cup pitted black olives, halved
3/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (about 1 bunch)
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Drizzle the bread and artichoke hearts with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the bread and artichokes until golden brown at the edges, about 6 minutes total, turning every 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the bread and artichokes from the grill and transfer to a large bowl.
- Add the tomatoes, olives and basil to the bowl and toss to combine. In a small bowl, stir together the olive oil, white wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Toss to combine and serve immediately.
RECIPE COURTESY OF GIADA DE LAURENTIIS