How To Keep Bugs Away From Your Summer Parties

From scientifically proven repellents to old wives’ tales, follow these steps to never let pests ruin another outdoor party.

Fake Outs

If you want a more conciliatory approach, you can simply give the bugs what they want—food! A bowl of sugar water or open jar of jelly set up on the opposite side of your property can divert some bugs away from your partygoers.

Another water-based approach that supposedly works on flies is to hang plastic bags of water (adding pennies or a piece of tin foil is also supposed to help) around your party perimeter. Snopes.com, famous for busting or confirming popular myths and urban legends, ruled this one as “undetermined,” but people still swear by it.

Watch a video from Expert Village on how to set up the water bags.

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