These items can help ward off unwanted critters.

By Alex Loh
May 22, 2020
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Between the gorgeous weather and fresh summer produce, now's the perfect time to break out your grill and enjoy a backyard barbecue. And while the delicious smells of Herb-Grilled Chicken Frites or Grilled Steak with Chimichurri may draw in your family members, your meal may also attract some unwanted critters.

To combat those pesky flies and mosquitoes from landing on your plate or in your drink, we found these five products meant to keep the bugs away. (For extra bug-proofing, consider planting some of these mosquito- and bug-repelling plants in pots on your patio. We love these extra-large 20" ones from Target, $25.)

To Keep Your Drinks Bug-Free

There's nothing worse than going to take a sip of your wine or soda and realizing there's a bug in your glass. Luckily, these drink covers from Etsy will help keep any critters away.

Etsy

To buy: Drink Cover Ups, $15; etsy.com

Etsy

To buy: Beverage Buddee Can Cover, $9; etsy.com

To Keep Your Food Bug-Free

With these food covers, you won't have to keep swatting away flies every few seconds. These covers come in various shapes to protect that bowl of potato salad, platter of chicken or fruit pie.

Bed Bath & Beyond

To buy: Charles Viancin Poppy Lid in Red, $12; bedbathandbeyond.com

Target

To buy: 15.7" Steel Food Dome, $10; target.com

Wayfair

To buy: Amscan Patriotic 12, $17; wayfair.com

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