how to keep flies out of our barn reception…?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
42076 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@bretonvirgniia:  You could drape the entry with muslin like this pic, but instead make sure that the drapes overlap so they act like a window screen and keep out the flies. You could even do an inner and outer draping to create a foyer. Hopefully any flies that get it the first set of drapes will be caught in the foyer.

Post # 4
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t think there is much you could do without having a lot of dead flies around (bug strips, the bags, etc)  Using the candels is probably the best option, but it probably won’t be 100% effective.  I was at a wedding last weekend at a gold course, they had an outdoor patio so people were going in and out the doors all night long.  I got five mosquito bites while in the indoor reception space!

Post # 5
1734 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

Your best bet? Fans. Citronella candles will help, but marginally with mosquitoes. Mosquitoes and flies won’t fly into wind. You can dress them up, of course, but that’s the most effective, cost-appropriate option you probably have. Keep them pointed toward the entrances to create a barrier between tables/party-goers and the entryway.

Post # 6
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@bretonvirgniia:  Your best bet is to encorporate fresh herbs into your centerpieces and decor. Since you’re doing a barn theme, it would look totally normal to have potted plans all over. Basil, lavender, mint & rosemary are some of my favorite and they are all known to keep flies away. The great thing about using herbs is you can put a little sign on your table encouraging guests to run their hands through the herbs which will release the scent of the herb that is pleasant to people but hated by flies. Mint is one of my favorite herbs as there are SO many different types – I currently have a chocolate mint growing on my patio and when you russle it up, it smells like a Peppermint Patty!!

Post # 7
486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Have you brought up the concern to your venue owner? Our barn had massive amounts of stink bugs and even up to the day of the wedding there were dead and living ones everywhere. But they did a great clean up and I didn’t notice any at the reception. Not sure what they did, but they knew what they were doing. Maybe your people have some solutions that they typically employ.

Post # 8
1793 posts
Buzzing bee

I would be very careful about using lots of different strong scents around the food.  That can really change the appeal of food.  My DH can’t handle fragrance (which is why my candle is burning now while he is at work.  Has to go out soon so it won’t make him ill when he gets here).  Citronella AND lavendar AND vanilla sounds like fragrance overkill.

I think the fan idea holds appeal – people would stay comfortable and it would definitely cut the flies and the mosquitos.

I would really encourage you to go straight to the pro’s here.  Call an exterminator and ask them what can be done about the flies.  They will know far better than we will.

Post # 9
1793 posts
Buzzing bee

Also, is this barn normally used for functions like this?  Can you ask the owners what they have done in the past?

Post # 11
1793 posts
Buzzing bee

I think I would be calling an exterminator and see if they can help you.  Good luck.

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