Flies landing on your food is grosser than you think — protect your plate with these cheap mesh covers

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Bugs are an inevitable inconvenience when it comes to dining al fresco. You can light citronella candles or wear bug-repelling bracelets, but sometimes you need a little extra protection. And you’ll definitely want it.

Not to make you sick, but flies are incredibly dirty. Not only do they consume literal trash and feces, but when they land on your food, they’re transferring those germs. To make matters worse, flies can’t chew, so they have to throw up on their food, according to Western Exterminator Company. This releases an enzyme that dissolves the food so that they can slurp it up. So yes, flies are, quite frankly, puking on your food.

If you’re having a party this summer, it’s best to keep the food you’re serving inside if possible. But if you want to keep the gang all outdoors, cover food with these collapsible mesh food covers to keep flies, bees and more away from your food until you’re ready to eat.

Simply Genius 17×17 Pop-Up Mesh Food Covers, 6-Pack, $14.99

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You can get a six-pack of the mesh food covers for only $14.99 or a 12-pack for $24.99 on Amazon.

Say you’re having a potluck! You can cover your dishes with these nets, and when guests want to fill their plates, they can simply lift the covers. You could also use them to cover your own plate if you get up to get a drink or something. And if you’re having a picnic at the park, these mesh covers collapse and are super lightweight, so they’re easy to take with you.

Seriously, after learning about flies, you definitely won’t regret protecting your meal with a mesh food cover.

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