How to Keep Flies Away From Food at an Outdoor Party

Things You'll Need

  • Three to four medium-size bowls

  • White vinegar

  • Orange peels

  • Fly repellent (or mosquito repellent) candle

Family having a barbecue
An outdoor party with food is lots of fun, but buzzing flies can be annoying and unhealthy to have around food. (Image: Arne Trautmann/iStock/Getty Images)

An outdoor party with food can be a great way to spend quality time with friends and family and to celebrate special occasions, but nothing can ruin an event under the stars like flies circling and landing on the party food. It makes the food unappetizing to the partygoers and annoys everyone who has to constantly swat away the pests. Luckily, there are several easy and inexpensive ways to keep flies away from the food at an outdoor party.

Step 1

Family on vacation having barbecue
Set up the table where food is going to be places. (Image: omgimages/iStock/Getty Images)

Before bringing the food outside, set up the table where it will be placed.

Step 2

Barbecue party in the garden
White vinegar is a natural fly repellent. (Image: AdamGregor/iStock/Getty Images)

Pour white vinegar into two or three bowls, about three cups per bowl, and place the bowls at the ends and/or center of the table. Put a sign next to the bowls informing partygoers that this is not food for them, but rather bug repellent. The white vinegar is a natural way to repel flies.

Step 3

Orange
Orange peels will also repel flies. (Image: Top Photo Group/Top Photo Group/Getty Images)

Take another empty bowl and fill it with orange peels. This is another natural fly repellent. If you don't have oranges, peel some lemons and use lemon peels. This works just as well.

Step 4

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Citronella candles will also repel flies. (Image: ventdusud/iStock/Getty Images)

Take one or more fly repellent candles, available at any outdoor store, and place them around the party area. According to RepelAll.com, these specialized candles contain citronella oil, which is a natural fly repellent.

Tip

Even if someone at the party doesn't see the signs and accidentally tastes the vinegar, it is edible and will not harm the person.

Warning

Sprays designed to repel or kill flies can be useful, but these sprays have harmful fumes and should not be used around large groups of people or food, so it's best to not use them before or during the party.

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