Winter is finally over and the season is here to spend some quality time outside. The pool is open, the flowers are blooming and, ugh, the mosquitos are biting. Nobody likes the harsh, stinky chemicals of bug sprays, but it's no fun being some bug's dinner either. Check out these natural bug-repellent hacks to try out this summer.
1. Pennies in a bag of water act like a sort of scarecrow to many insects.
2. Citronella and coconut oil release a fragrance that's pleasant to us but terrible to them.
3. Put two cotton balls at the bottom of a shallow jar and cover them with vanilla extract. Put fresh mint over the top of the cotton balls and cover it with cheesecloth. Bonus: this super-effective method smells heavenly.
4. Lavender or clove steeped in alcohol and spritzed around windowsills will send a strong signal to bugs.
5. Make an odor-free bug trap with apple cider vinegar and some plastic wrap or paper towel.
6. Garlic, cinnamon and cayenne pepper mixed together will form a powder barrier that nary an insect will cross. (Garlic isn't good for pets, so this might not be the best method if you have a furry friend with a curious stomach.)
7. Essential oils will make your house smell divine to company but totally uninviting to insects.
8. Hanging an old CD in your yard will send out reflective bursts of light that scare away creepy crawlies.
Anything we missed? Have you tried any of these? Let us know in the comments.
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