Banish bugs from your next barbecue

It doesn’t matter what time of day you light your BBQ, those pesky uninvited guests will always turn up.

Flies and mozzies always seem to find their way to barbecues to try and spoil your good time. The last thing you want to do is spray your guests with toxic bug killer. So here are some ways to get rid of the pesky irritants, that are safe to use around food and people.

Citronella is well-known as a deterrent for insects. Place citronella candles around the dining and barbecue area. You can buy them at most hardware stores or, if you’re feeling creative, you can make your own. Click here for details.

Burning incense also helps to keep insects away, while creating a pleasant aroma. If you have a fire pit, add sprigs of sage to the fire, as the sage smoke deters flying bugs.

Citronella, lemongrass and lavender plants are an excellent, natural mosquito repellent. You can plant them directly in your garden or in planters around your entertaining area.

Use fans to blow the bugs away. Either install them overhead in your outdoor dining area or use portable fans located near the barbecue but not pointing into the dining area. Bugs avoid moving air, so you can enjoy a bug-free breeze while you entertain.

If you have fruit trees, your garden may attract fruit flies to any salad or fruit bowl you have on a table. Here’s how to make a DIY fruit fly trap to capture these tiny pests.

You can also make your own natural repellents and keep spray bottles handy for your guests. Here are two repellent recipes to make yourself.