5 Natural Ways to Keep Bugs Away

Next time you reach for the mosquito repellent, try one of these 5 natural ways to keep outdoor bugs at bay.

By Reader's Digest Editors

Next time you reach for the mosquito repellent, consider these natural ways to keep outdoor bugs at bay.

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1. Natural mint mouthwash spray

Insects do not like the smell of mint in any form. Transfer your favorite natural mint mouthwash into a spray container and spray it on yourself and the area around you while outdoors.

2. Fill your garden with garlic, mint, and rosemary

Naturally ward away bugs by planting these three plants on your windowsill or in your outdoor garden. They’ll keep the bugs away, plus you can use the spices in your cooking.

3. Use a ceiling or oscillating fan

Install a ceiling fan on your patio or covered outdoor area and turn it on during the evening when bugs are most likely to strike. The wind from the fan will make it difficult for bugs to fly in and pester you and your guests. Plug-in an oscillating fan near non-covered outdoor areas for the same effect.

4. Don’t wear heavy perfumes or scents

Stay away from wearing heavily-scented shampoos, body sprays, perfumes, or deodorants while outdoors. The fragrances can attract bugs and the stings that follow.

5. Stay hydrated

Bugs are attracted to sweaty, hot skin. Stay cool and hydrated by drinking plenty of water and fluids. Be sure to keep water handy and take sips as you start to perspire to keep the bugs away.

Plus: The Best Advice for Preventing and Destroying Bed Bugs

Sources: doityourself.com, farmersalmanac.com, thegreenlife.org

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