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Keep Picnic Food Bug-Free With These Adorable Food Covers

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By Maryn Liles
Updated July 07, 2021
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Outdoor picnics and cookouts have been on everyone's to-do list, as social distancing requirements make outside dining easier and safer. It's also a great way to bask in the glowing sun, get out of the house, and catch up with friends keeping up with the CDC national guidelines. 

However, the smell of food in the air is a great way to attract not-so-welcomed visitors like wasps, bees, and mosquitos. Not to mention, food covers like aluminum foil and plastic wrap can easily be blown away or torn, littering the planet and filling trash cans.

Here, we gathered 10 reusable (and not to mention oh-so-cute) outdoor food covers that will keep your food clear of bugs and your Instagram feed trendy. 

These are 10 bug-proof mesh food covers for picnics and barbeque:

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Hand Knit Rattan Food Cover

Made by hand from light wicker, this food cover will have your foodie friends snapping pics before you even have a chance to reveal your yummy home-cooked food underneath. In addition, this fun picnic accessory is easy to clean and lightweight so it can be stored anywhere in your kitchen. But something tells us you're going to want to keep this on display all year long. In fact, when not in use on the picnic table, it's great for sheltering fruit and vegetables on your counter.

Buy it: $22.50+; Etsy

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August Grove Sainte 14" Watermelon Food Cover

No summer picnic is complete without watermelon — even the inedible kind. Since they come in a pack of 4, these adorable food covers are perfect if you have multiple plates of food that you want to keep safe. Made out of wire and mesh, it's a great way for your loved ones to take a sneak peek of the yumminess they're about to devour while keeping mosquitoes and bugs away! With its whimsical design, these food covers are great for basket picnics against a white and red checkered cloth. 

Buy it: $60; Wayfair

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Food Tent

If you're looking for an outdoor entertaining accessory that matches the rest of your minimalist decor, check out this simple but effective food tent. Made with a sturdy frame, this food cover is great for letting air in while keeping bugs out (perfect to cool off a pie or two). One 5-star reviewer says this: "Super easy to use, sturdy, great quality & practical. Saw these online & wasn't sure so I stopped by a store & bought three. They are pretty big (salad bowl big really) so will be so handy!"

Buy it: Food Tent, $6; Crate & Barrel

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Charles Viancin Poppy Lid in Red

Even though they put Dorothy and Toto to sleep in the iconic film The Wizard of Oz, these poppies will not only protect your food but also perk up your table with bursts of red against a picnic table or blanket. Coming in three different sizes, this food cover will fit over almost any bowl, making it the perfect lid to keep bugs out of your yummy potato or macaroni salad. Made out of silicone, it's easy to clean and sanitize (you just need to pop it in the dishwasher) and also makes it microwave safe. It also makes a great substitute for Tupperware so you don't have to worry about dirtying another dish when it's time to put away the outdoor cookout fun. 

Buy it: $9-$15; Bed Bath & Beyond

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Food52 Linen & Cotton Bowl Covers

If you don't have kitchen space to store large outdoor food domes or tents, take a peek at these reusable cloth food covers from Food52. An elastic band closes around bowls, guaranteeing a tight fit, and unlike your typical plastic wrap, you won't have to struggle to get it to stay. Perhaps the best part about these food covers is that they're made from linen and cotton so that means you can wash them along with the rest of your laundry, and the longevity of these food covers will almost definitely outlast any sort of plastic ones.

Buy it: $66/set of 6; Food52

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Ventilated Wine Drink Covers

Calling all vino lovers — if you're paranoid about a buggy visitor ruining your next sip, take a peek at these ventilated wine covers. Available in four different colors, these wine glass covers also make for great drink markers while containing your precious pinot or rose. A mesh top allows your wine to breathe, while making it secure from pests. If you need another selling point for these, they also make for great coasters, protecting your stylish outdoor furniture.

Buy it: $20; The Grommet 

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Polka Dot Gridlabs Mesh Screen Food Tent Covers

Keep your cookout full of sunny skies and your food bug-free with these adorable polka dot food covers. Built with six heavy-duty metal rods and a durable mesh screen, these food covers can withstand wear and tear that comes with both indoor and outdoor use. Also, since the metal rods add a bit of weight to these, you won't have to worry about them flying at a sudden gust of wind. These food covers are also easy to maintain since they can be spot cleaned or hand washed and then hung up to dry. 

Buy it: $16; Amazon 

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Palais Essentials Dragonflies Mesh Screen Food Cover Dome

Built with a fine mesh screen and decorated with an extra thick border that will keep pesky flies away, you won't want to shoo away these cute and colorful dragonfly food covers. These covers are also super easy to clean and reuse over and over again. "I'm so happy with these gorgeous food screens," one 5-star reviewer writes. "Well made, pretty, functional, delivered so quickly and packaged perfectly!" 

Buy it: $16; Amazon

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3-Pack Metal Mesh Screen Food Cover Tent Umbrellas

If your picnic spread needs a pop of color, check out these mesh screen food covers. With a simple but effective design, these food covers will ensure your food remains bug-free. These food covers can also double up as your next favorite gardening tool as it can protect your precious plants against bunnies, slugs, and other annoying gardening pests. Built with premium galvanized steel, these metal mesh food covers are guaranteed sturdy and windproof while also being extremely easy to store amongst your bowls and lids.

Buy it: $30; Amazon

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Steel Food Dome

It's a simple silhouette but perhaps timeless for that reason. This Sun Squad Steel Food Dome, available at target, is large enough for most bowls but small enough to store easily in a cabinet, pantry, or shelf.

Buy it: $10; Target