I loathe mosquitos, and yet for some reason, those little suckers love to swarm me like I have an “eat me” sign on. There must be something about me (apparently scientists are getting closer to determining what it is exactly) that drives them wild with hunger. If you’re like me, and smell like candy to these little pests, I feel your pain, but enough is enough! I’m gonna tell you some tips on how to naturally keep these little buggers away.
How to Naturally Keep Bugs Away (Particularly Mosquitos)
-Citronella Candles or Tiki Torches – For me, these work well. We always keep some around for whenever we want to go out, and enjoy our backyard. One thing to remember with these candles/torches though, is that they only repel up to four feet around it. If we are having a nice candlelit dinner, the candle will be citronella. If we have guests over, we’ll load up the yard with the tiki torches. It works if you’re gonna stay within a certain area. If you’d like to make your own citronella candles, you can go here.
-Sage – If you know you’re going to be around a campfire, sage is the way to go. All you do is throw in one stick of sage into the fire, and the scent from the sage completely keeps the bugs away. Don’t believe me, try it!
-Natural Bug Repellant – If you know that you are going to be moving around outside of the range of citronella candles, or have no other source of protection, this is the best option. There are certain scents that make bugs go running, so if you spritz those on, you’ll be good to go. Keep in mind that just because it smells yucky to bugs, it can totally smell delightful to us (hello mint!). You can easily make your own bug repellant from essential oils (check out some recipes here), or you can get an Eco Defense Mosquito Repellent Bracelet. The cool thing about these bracelets are that they are totally natural. They are infused with Citronella, Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Mint Oils, and absolutely no chemicals. This is a really easy option, especially for kids, who like to run around, and not have to be sprayed by a disgusting smelling, sticky, chemical bug spray.
-Keep some Marigolds around – As we know, bugs/mosquitos hate certain smells. With this in mind, why don’t you just plant or keep some marigolds around. This plant, along with others (think peppermint, or lemon balm) produce a scent that repulses them. Some of the plants are quite beautiful, like lavender, or quite useful, like basil, so you might as well start yourself a little garden, and naturally keep those bugs away! Check out a list of more bug repellent plants here.
That’s it for now lovelies. I hope you can now enjoy a naturally, bug free summer!