How to Prevent Animals & Insects from Nesting in Grills

How to Prevent Animals & Insects from Nesting in Grills
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All kinds of critters will build their homes in your grill if you’re not careful. Insects, squirrels, even birds — they’ll take over and potentially harm your grill. The best prevention is to use your grill often. But if you’re storing it for the winter or any length of time, there are a few things you can do to prevent infestation.

If you see insects or birds flying in and out of your grill, you probably have an infestation. Likewise cobwebs are another telltale sign. Even the tiniest spider can prevent your grill from heating properly.

Bugs love the control knobs, venturi tubes and inside the coupling nut of the regulator. Look underneath all grates and drip pans as well. Pull out everything and look before you store or start your grill up.

Scrape Away Food
Old food and debris can attract insects and rodents. Scrape and clean your grill grates with a grill brush to remove anything that can be a meal for a critter.

Fire it Up
Close the cover and let the grill heat for ten minutes. This will kill anything alive inside the grill and burn off excess grease that lures bugs.

Clean and Store
Before you store your grill for the winter, clean the venturi and burner pipes and then wrap them with plastic, so insects can’t get in.

Cover Your Grill
Grill covers offer the advantage of keeping the elements AND critters out of your grill. Those that have drawstrings at the bottom are your best bet.


Tip: Storing your grill for the winter? Cover the grill gas line opening with plastic or foil to keep bugs out.

2 thoughts on “How to Prevent Animals & Insects from Nesting in Grills

  1. Hello,in the winter when it starts to get really cold,like around 20 and below,do I keep the gas tank in the grill,or is it wise to take the tank out and store it in like downstairs in the house? Or it is OK to leave it in the grill or remove it and put in in the garage,shed or a place where it is out of the wind,and or keep it from getting semi buried in the snow,with the wind and all,snow finds it’s way into every crack or hole it can find. Just curious because it seems the gas goes faster like the cold depletes it or something? Thank you for you time,Mark

    1. It’s not a good idea to place the tank inside your home or an attached garage/carport. The propane should last in very cold weather. When using it during cold weather, it will take more propane to cook with, otherwise you shouldn’t be losing any.

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