Ahhh…. Spring. It’s that time of year again. The flowers are blooming, pollen is everywhere and the insects are breeding out of control!
But despite unseasonably cold weather and the obstacles mentioned above, Spring is still a great time for families to be outside. Many families look forward to enjoying outdoor Spring activities like U-Pick seasonal fruit, county fairs and Easter egg hunts all year.
You can’t prevent a nor’easter from foiling your outdoor ambitions, but you don’t have to be at the mercy of bugs.
Conscientious consumers looking for natural ways to prevent insect bites will benefit from these 7 amazing hacks. Keep reading for more.
#1 Assess Your Outdoor Wardrobe
Personal style is an important part of who we are. But when dressing for a hiking trip, outdoor gathering or other activity that puts you in the crosshairs of biting bugs, it’s wise to dress in a way to prevent bug bites.
If you find you’re going to be spending a lot of time outside, choose clothing that covers you and is comfortable to move around in.
Loose cover wardrobe items might include a cotton long sleeved shirt, hat with netting and pants instead of shorts. Always opt for shoes versus sandals. This won’t totally prevent bug bites but will leave less of your body exposed, making it harder for bugs to bite you.
Pay Attention to Color
Bees are programmed to seek out bright white and yellow colors, like the flowers they so enjoy. But they can’t see red at all. Know what colors to avoid to attract stinging insects. And what colors are best to wear for avoiding them.
#2 Use Peppermint Oil to Prevent Stings
As another measure against stings, you can use a peppermint essential oil and water spray. To do this use equal parts of the above mentioned ingredients to create a spray that is bee-averse. Bonus points because you’ll smell great during your next outdoor event.
#3 Make Natural Mosquito Repellent
There are a few widely-used types of natural mosquito repellent. Purchasing or making lotion bars is one. These bars can be used as solid or melted into liquid.
Another commonplace method includes making natural mosquito repellent spray. This means mixing essential oils and extracts with a few other ingredients in a spray bottle. Popsugar has more on this method here.
- 1/2 cup catnip
- 2 cups water
- 4 tablespoons witch hazel
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract; and
- 10 to 20 drops essential oil
You could include peppermint oil as mentioned above and ward off bees as well! But for a stronger emphasis on mosquito solutions, use the extracts and oils below.
Common insect repellent solutions include:
- Garlic water
- Lemon eucalyptus oil
- Citronella oil
- Mint extract
- Lavendar oil
- Teatree oil
- Mustard oil; and
- Clove oil
#4 Burn Candles
Citronella candles and torches are available at most hardware stores.
For those who are a little less crafty or don’t have time to spend fashioning lotion bars out of essential oils, purchasing natural mosquito repellent in the form of candles and torches could be the way to go.
#5 Grow a Garden to Protect Your Home
Gardening is an excellent hobby. It helps with relaxation, concentration and can also protect your home from bugs. Plants that repel mosquitos include:
- Citronella Grass
- Marigolds; and
- Rosemary, to name a few
If you don’t fancy yourself gardener get tips here.
#6 Keep Your Outdoor Party Cool and Bug-Free
If you’re looking to enhance natural mosquito repellent measures at a porch party, the answer lies in these two household items: a box fan and an extension cord.
This hack requires the minimal effort of setting up your box fan so it blows air toward your outdoor party. On a warm spring day to come, this strategy can provide both comfort from weather conditions and against bugs.
#7 Put Coffee Grounds in Stagnant Water
If you find pools of stagnant water sitting around your property, sprinkle in some dry coffee grounds.
This unconventional use of coffee grounds pushes mosquito eggs to the water’s surface, allowing them to dry out. This is a successful way to ward off genuses of mosquitos that need stagnant water to hatch.
But keep in mind, not all mosquito eggs have to remain in water to hatch, some just have to start there. Read more about that in this article we published last year.
Natural Mosquito Repellent is Easy
When it comes down to it, natural mosquito repellent is easy. So much so, plants that repel mosquitoes can be found growing wild in many yards right now!
To wrap your head around which techniques, plants and methods are best for you, first assess the type of insects that are common in your area. Insect identification is always helpful for anyone who plans on spending time outside. And once you know what to expect you plan to naturally repel insects using the amazing hacks above!
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