Outdoor meals are one of life’s simple pleasures, however they can be quickly spoiled by the arrival of unwanted guests: the flies. These pests are attracted to food odors and can quickly become invasive. The pleasant garden party can turn into a stressful ordeal when flies start flying around the diners and landing on the food. Fortunately, there are many simple solutionsnatural and effective in repelling these intruders without the use of potentially toxic chemicals.
The tranquility of outdoor dining is back! No more watching the skies for those flying parasites.
Eating with flies: More than an inconvenience, a health risk
flies are not only irritating and unpleasant, they also pose a health risk. These insects are used to alighting on decaying matter and can carry disease-causing bacteria, viruses and parasites. Their presence can increase the risk of serious food-borne illnesses such as salmonellosis, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid and other gastrointestinal infections. It is therefore essential to avoid their contact with food as much as possible and to put in place repulsion measures.
Ingenious solutions to thwart the onslaught of flies during a picnic
1. Appeal to the blowing of the fan
A fan can be a valuable ally during summer meals. Its usefulness goes far beyond the simple cooling of the atmosphere. The air currents it creates can disrupt the flight of flies, preventing them from approaching and landing on food.
2. The repulsive scent of citronella candles
Citronella candles are another effective weapon against flies. In addition to emitting a pleasant citrus smell, they deter flies and other flying insects from approaching.
3. White vinegar, a natural fly repellent
white vinegar, with its distinctive smell, is an excellent fly repellent. Just pour a little of this liquid into cups placed around the table to keep flies away.
4. Plants, decorative and repellent allies
Some plants like lavender, eucalyptus or geranium are not only aesthetic but also very effective in repelling flies. Their natural scents are repellent to these flying insects, ensuring a peaceful meal.
5. Cloves, a natural and cheap repellent
Cloves have an odor that flies can’t stand, especially when paired with lemon. A simple citrus fruit cut in half or in four, studded with a few cloves, can become a natural, effective, ecological and economical repellent.
These natural and simple tricks not only keep flies away but also improve your outdoor dining experience. So, at your garden tables, your barbecues and your picnics, tranquility is assured!