Foods That Attract Bugs

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
11 PHOTOS
Foods That Attract Bugs
See Gallery
Foods That Attract Bugs

Keep ants, flies and other unwanted pests away from your outdoor soiree by avoiding or carefully packing these much "bee"-loved picnic foods.

Image Credit: jupiterimages

Fruit Salad

Insects are attracted to sweet tastes and smells, so any cut fruit or ripe fruit will attract them. Overly ripe fruit undergoes mild fermentation, another thing bugs go crazy over.

Image Credit: jupiterimages

Burgers, Hot Dogs and other Meats

Some insects, like wasps, have an appetite for meat and will bombard your hamburgers and hot dogs.

Image Credit: Getty Images

Vegetables

Many insects enjoy munching on vegetables, but select items like garlic and onions are known to be natural bug repellants for some species.

Image Credit: Getty Images

Fish

Insects quickly pick up on strong smells like pungent fish dishes.

Image Credit: Getty Images

Soda, Juice and Other Sugary Beverages

Sweet drinks have the sugar factor that insects seek. A common problem picnic-goers experience is discovering bugs inside their soda cans or bottles. Prevent this unwanted surprise by covering opened cans with plastic wrap or foil and sipping with straws.

Image Credit: jupiterimages

Pickled Vegetables

Fermented foods like pickled vegetables make excellent bug bait.

Image Credit: Getty Images

Beer, Wine and Hard Alcohol

Alcohol contains sugar which insects also enjoy.

Image Credit: Getty Images

Candy and Dessert

Besides the risk of melting or going bad under the sun, sweet candy and desserts like cakes, pies and pudding are big targets for insect invasions.

Image Credit: jupiterimages

Garbage

Your food scraps will attract pests, so keep it away from your picnic location and properly dispose of it afterward.

Image Credit: Flickr/brainwise

of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

When you're dining outdoors, it's important to take measures to prevent ants, flies and other insects from eating off your plate. Don't let these uninvited guests ruin your next picnic or patio party. Check out the slideshow above to discover what foods to avoid that may be attracting common picnic pests.

7 Must-Try Mason Jar Meals
Bite Size Appetizers Perfect For a Picnic
Sandwiches For Your End of Summer Picnic

Read Full Story

Sign up for Best Bites by AOL and receive delicious recipes delivered to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

People are Reading

Search Recipes