From my understanding, I tried using vinegar and draw a loop around my meals to prevent attracting the ants. As to prevent the flies, I use another plate to cover my meals. This can be a hard time for cleaning because of the need to clean the plates (that is used to cover the meals) and also the table with the vinegar.

Are there better ways?

  • Why dont you just spray an insecticide 30 mins before eating
    – Midhat
    Commented Dec 5, 2011 at 7:29
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    and a full page of newspaper can cover many plates, instead of covering each one individually
    – Midhat
    Commented Dec 5, 2011 at 7:29
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    are you eating outside?
    – Dale
    Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 4:46

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Another option for covering plates to keep flies away is a mesh net: here's one example I found by using Google to search for flycover food. This won't come into contact with the food, unlike the plate you currently use or the newspaper @AnishaKaul suggests.

  • Your link has gone 404-compliant.
    – derobert
    Commented Dec 5, 2011 at 17:08
  • @derobert, seems to be a bug with the Stack Exchange URL hacking for Amazon. I'll raise an issue in meta. In the meantime, my Google search term is flycover food. Commented Dec 5, 2011 at 17:13
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    Assuming you're talking about amazon.com/Coghlans-8623-Fold-Away-Cover/dp/B000FAKT2E ? Amazing it changed the ASIN.
    – derobert
    Commented Dec 5, 2011 at 17:22
  • @derobert, for example. Commented Dec 5, 2011 at 19:41
  • @derobert Indeed for flies that folding net is better than anything else. :) Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 3:55

One way to avoid ants and also the vinegar, is to fill a plate (slightly larger than the food vessel) with water and keep the food vessel in that plate.
When the vessel is placed in the plate filled with water, the water will encircle the vessel and thus will tell the ants not to cross the mark.

As for keeping the flies out, the least expensive way is to keep the food vessels together and cover them with a big clean newspaper. You can put paper weights at the end of the newspaper to prevent them from flying as the wind blows.

  • You can also try lighting some citronella or lavender candles, the smell of which flies apparently dislike. Commented Dec 5, 2011 at 10:05
  • @ElendilTheTall :) :) The candles are expensive than the newspapers in the place where I live. :) Commented Dec 5, 2011 at 10:09
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    +1 The vessel placed in the plate filled with water is pretty useful. Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 4:02
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    @AndersonKaru Happy to hear that. Actually we had bed bugs in our hostel long back, and I kept 4 small steel pots filled with water under the four legs of my bed, and that prevented the bed bugs from creeping back again. :) Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 4:04

Hi i understand your problem,if u wanna to get rids of flies and ants , then first u need to go to market and buy a good spray for killing of flies and aunts, when these all flies and aunts dies then serve wash your hands and flour where all these dies , then serve meal, vinegar not help u more, i think spray is best option. enter image description here

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    I'd rather have flies on my food than insecticide spray.
    – rumtscho
    Commented Oct 15, 2016 at 12:32
  • add kill files before eating and then wash all places.
    – Christena
    Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 6:46

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