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9 Products That Keep Bugs Away from Your Outdoor Eats
Whether you're looking for mosquito repellent or wasp traps, we found the best way to keep your outdoor gathering bug-free.
Mosquito Repellent Wristbands
Keep the bugs at bay without spraying a bunch of chemicals. These mosquito repellent wristbands from Para’Kito ($20) use essential oil pellets to naturally protect you from bites. Each pellet lasts for 15 days. Psst! Did you know you can cook with essential oils? Here’s how.
Mesh Food Covers
Nothing kills the vibe at a picnic or outdoor potluck like bugs crawling on the food. These pop-up food covers ($14 for 6) help protect hamburger buns, potato salad, watermelon—whatever fare you’re dishing up!
Add a little ambiance to your outdoor space (while also keeping the bugs away!). These pretty candles ($30 for 4) are infused with citronella oil, a natural mosquito repellent. And if you need more tips, here are some great ways to make your outdoor area feel like home.
Oh, shoot! Did a wasp just fly into my can of soda? Never worry about drinking (eek!) a pest again with these beverage barricades ($9 for 6). Psst! Don’t crush that aluminum can before you recycle it. Here’s why.
Backyard Bug Control
If you’re looking for a spray killer (but don’t want to drop thousands of dollars on professional treatment), consider these cans from Cutter ($13 for 2 cans). Apply the spray before whipping up these BBQ recipes and keep insects away.
If you’re looking to protect a small area (like a patio or deck), try Thermacell’s patio shield ($25). The colorful gadget repels mosquitos up to 15 feet without any sprays, scents or flames. If you’re hosting a patio party, check out these other fun ideas.
Wasps and other stinging insects are more than annoying—they can be downright dangerous! Rid your patio of the pests with these clever traps ($11 for 2). Simply fill each trap with a sugary bait (like fruit juice) then wait for the wasps to crawl inside and die.
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