Gardening expert shares a trick to keeping bugs off your grill — and it doesn’t cost anything

A gardening expert shared his top tips for making sure your grill isn’t plagued by bugs this weekend – and some methods use items you already own

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This weekend, millions will enjoy a BBQ (stock photo)

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has brought an extended bank holiday weekend – and for many of us, that means it’s time to break out the grills and get some fresh air.

But if you’re planning a Barbie this weekend, you’re probably also considering ways to keep flies, wasps, and other insects out of your garden while you enjoy your meal in peace.

However, thanks to a gardening expert, there’s no need to panic or break the bank trying to find overly complicated and expensive ways to protect your garden from insects — as you can actually use a few simple hacks to keep them at bay.

Keeping insects at bay allows you to enjoy your meal in peace (stock photo)


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Speak with the daily mailA Gardening Express spokesman said: “There’s nothing worse than having a nice BBQ with friends and family and bugs flying around.

“They can be really annoying, but there are a few inexpensive ways to keep them away. These tricks are really simple, and a lot of them involve using things that most of us probably already have at home.”

This is how you keep vermin away from your grill

There are several ways you can try to limit the number of bugs that bother you and your family when trying to eat a freshly made burger, and some of them cost you nothing.

According to the expert, a popular and inexpensive way to keep bugs at bay is to use water glasses with pennies in them – as this would confuse the flies by reflecting light.

All you have to do is fill up a few glasses of water and throw three cents in each. Then place them near your grill and the flies should stay away from you and your food.

Alternatively, you can use other foods to keep insects at bay – counterintuitive as it may sound.

Some insects don’t tolerate foods like lemon and garlic, so experts suggest slicing lemons and putting half a clove of garlic inside before putting them outside.

With a few of the easy-to-make insect repellents set out in your yard, you should be able to enjoy your meal in peace.

If you particularly struggle with wasps when you decide to eat outside, then experts say you should try using paper bags to fool them into thinking there’s already a wasp nest on your property.

Wasps tend to stay far from nests they don’t belong to, so taking a brown paper bag and filling it with some trash to make it resemble a wasp nest should do the trick.

And if you don’t mind spending a little money to keep insects away, you can even buy insect-repellent flowers that will spice up your garden at the same time.

Plants like lavender and chrysanthemum can help keep insects at bay, while herbs like sage and rosemary can either be planted or placed on the grill for added effect – as insects can’t stand the smell.

As the day turns into evening and the sun goes down, you might also want to think about keeping mosquitoes out of the garden as they could bite you if left to their own devices.

One way to combat the pesky bugs is to set fire to an empty egg carton placed in a safe place away from guests, as mosquitoes hate the burning smell.

Just be very careful where you place the item to avoid endangering your guests – or your garden.

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