Outsmart those Pesky Pests this Season with Natural Repellents

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Mosquitoes are just one pesky insect to ward off
Image: Alberto Garcia via Flickr

Summer, for those who love the outdoors, is one of the most celebrated times of year. It’s a season that inspires a need for outdoor adventures, for exploring nature, and of course, for gardening.

This season, don’t let pesky pests get in the way of spending quality time in your garden. Mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting bugs are not only a nuisance, but often carry diseases that can really harm you with just one bite. There are plenty of sprays and repellents on the market that will prevent these bugs when you’re outside, and it’s important to stay informed about what you’re using to protect yourself. Here are a few fantastic natural bug repellents to try out this summer, as well as one you can even make at home:

Bert’s Bees Herbal Insect Repellent. A great all-natural solution for fending off pesky bugs. $8 at many pharmacies and retailers.

Buzz Away Extreme. This product is one of the best natural repellents around, keeping mosquitoes and other bugs away for up to 8 hours. $6-10 online and at natural remedy retailers.

Bite Blocker. This repellent comes in waterproof herbal lotions and sprays to defend you from insects this season. $6-8 online and at natural remedy retailers.

Homemade Insect Repellent Recipe:                                                                                           -10-25 drops essential oil of your choice (these oils are often scented with lavender, rose, and peppermint, and a geranium scent is especially effective in warding off ticks).                  -2 tablespoons vegetable oil                                                                                                                   -1 tablespoon aloe vera gel

Combine all of the ingredients in a small glass jar. Put a lid on the jar and shake to blend. To use, simply dab a few drops on your skin before heading outside. This recipe is great because it has a subtle, pleasant scent, and you can control exactly what you want to put in it!

For more information about natural and homemade insect repellents, visit The Daily Green.

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About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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