Firing up the grill is a popular summer pastime, but nothing ruins a barbecue like a swarm of mosquitoes! Fortunately, you don’t have to coexist with these pests — here’s how to keep flies away from your grill.

1. Spray Your Skin

Grillmasters can keep mosquitoes off their skin — and away from a barbecue’s immediate area — with a simple spray of celery extract.

First, purchase some celery and run it through a juicer.

Next, place the celery juice in a spray bottle and spray away! Or wet a small cloth and rub the liquid on your skin — your choice!

Want another natural mosquito repellant? Mix 20 drops of essential oil — like eucalyptus, cinnamon, or lemon oil — with two tablespoons of olive oil. Then rub the solution on your skin. It’s another non-toxic alternative to common chemicals such as DEET.

2. Turn on the Fan

A simple, $20 box fan — or a bigger industrial one; your choice! — that you can purchase at any home center may be all you need to keep mosquitoes away from the grill.

Mosquitoes are weak fliers, so they’re no match for a three-speed fan’s generated wind. But there’s another reason why fans deter flies from a cookout. Fans break up carbon dioxide — which mosquitoes use to find hosts for feeding — and spread it around.

You probably won’t want to run a loud fan all the time, but this is a good temporary fix for grillmasters who are sick of fighting flies.

3. Repel Them with Plants

Mosquitoes can’t stand some smells — and if you want to know how to keep flies away, just grow these natural repellants.

Marigolds, lavender, sage, rosemary and lemongrass are just some of the plants that mosquitoes don’t like, can’t stand and will avoid every time.

However, put some careful thought into this.

Marigolds may look nice but their pungent odor that offends mosquitoes may have the same effect on you! Lavender has a nice scent, but does the flower fit in your backyard?

Visit the local nursery, consider each option’s look and smell, and then decide what works best for your backyard.

Now you know how to keep flies away from your grill, so the only thing left to think about is what to make for the cookout.

What are your home remedies for keeping mosquitoes away? Tell us in the comments!

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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