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7. Plant mosquito repelling plants
Like humans, mosquitos love some scents and hate others. Some of the plants mosquitos hate are lemon thyme, tansy, marigold, sweet basil, sassafras, and scented geraniums. Roses have somehow lost their appeal now, havent’ they?
8. Keep your outdoor meals safe
Bugs love your food as much as they love making your body their food. Put a fan over the table or set one so it blows back and forth across the food, this will discourage almost all flying insects. Ants are another story. Placing the legs of your picnic table in small cans of water ( such as clean tuna cans) will keep ants and other creepy crawlies from being able to climb up the table. Ants can’t swim.
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To stop ticks, tuck long pants inside socks or boots and avoid walking in tall grass or near tree trunks or around piles of dead wood or rocks. If you should go for a woodland walk or picnic, have everyone check each other over for ticks. Don’t forget to check Rover, too.
10. Keep screens in good repair
Check around the outside edges to be sure they haven’t come loose or frayed. If they are still finding their ways inside, use mosquito netting over the beds. Very romantic, don’t you think?
11. Always choose nontoxic repellants
Make your own homemade bug spray! Mix half a cup of water with half a cup of witch hazel. Add half a teaspoon of glycerine, then 30 to 50 drops of essential oils such as:
- Tea Tree
This spray works like a charm but is completely non-toxic and costs only pennies.
12. When you get bit
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, those little buggers find us. When that happens there are several natural rememdies to help take away the itch.
- Tea Tree Oil
- Baking soda. Mix with a little water and make a paste. Let dry then brush off.
- Yellow onion. Slice one in half and rub the cut side over the bite.
- Vinegar. Tape a cotton ball soaked in vinegar over the bite overnight. Read about other uses of apple cider vinegar.