6 Tips To Stay Bug Free This Summer 

Even though you may be eager to get outside and enjoy the warm weather, keep in mind that pesky insects are taking in the summer warmth as well. In order to enjoy your picnics, pool parties camping trips and barbecues in peace, here are some tips for staying bug free over the summer.

1. Fresh Herbs

If you're around a campfire, burn some rosemary or sage in the coals on the fire. This works well on the barbecue grill as well. The herbs have antibacterial properties to make the air cleaner. Bugs are also repelled by the smell of these herbs, and will naturally fly away when you're burning sage or rosemary. So, you won't be pestered by the bugs, and you won't harm the insects. It's a simple remedy that's a win-win.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar 

Apple cider vinegar has a pungent odour that bugs are not attracted to. Mosquitos and black flies are especially repelled by the vinegar. Rub some of the vinegar on your skin to keep the bugs away. Or, eat foods that are prepared with apple cider vinegar, so that the smell will seep through your pores and keep you from getting mosquito bites. You can also fill a shallow dish with the vinegar and place it in the middle of your picnic table so that insects won't ruin your outdoor meal.

3. Marigolds 

Marigolds are natural insect repellent, and the bright hue of the flowers will immediately spruce up the front or back of your home. Asters are thought to have the same effect on insects, and are a visually appealing addition to your garden as well. Of course, you can also buy the potted version of these flowers and use the bouquets to decorate your deck or patio tables when you want to enjoy some time outdoors.

4. Citronella

If you're giving your home a new coat of paint this summer, add a few drops of citronella oil to the paint. The oil won't affect the quality or properties of the paint, but will keep away black flies and mosquitos. You can also mix a little citronella oil with olive oil and rub it on your skin before going outside so you won't come back in with bug bites. Citronella candles are ideal for BBQ’s or outdoor gatherings, and give the space a slightly floral scent.

5. Bat Houses 

If there are bats in your area, add a bat house to your property. The bats will eat the mosquitos so you won't have to worry about the insects biting your skin. One bat can eat up to 600 mosquitos in just one hour, so chances are you may never see one of the flying insects around your home as long as you've got a bat house.

6. Garlic

Garlic tablets can help to keep the bugs away, since most insects don't like the smell of the vegetable. In order to make sure that you don't get any insect bites, you may want to eat a clove of garlic or rub a little garlic on your skin before going outside if you're in a place where lots of bugs are flying around.

These suggestions can definitely help to keep you bug bite free, but if you happen to get a bite before you're able to use one of these remedies, rub a little aloe and tea tree oil on your skin. This stops the itching and takes away redness.

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By Shondell Varcianna

May 29, 2015