How To Keep Bugs Away From The Patio During The Last Heat Of Summer
Even though September has arrived and the kids are back at school, the temperatures can still be sweltering. You may be tempted to sneak in at least one more weekend getaway or backyard BBQ before the weather starts to cool.
Of course, this heat attracts bugs and even though Fall is around the corner, the mosquitos and other pesky critters are still out in full force.
No one wants to be a mosquito’s next meal, but one peek at the label on the conventional bug repellents at your local drugstore will have you searching for natural alternatives.
Well we’re here to tell you that there are!
Keep reading for 5 Natural ways to keep all annoying pests far away from you as you soak up the last heat of summer!
1.) Scare them with mint
Pests hate mint, they really do! One whiff and they’ll be on their way we promise!
Try keeping a mint plant close to where you’ll be sitting outside or add a few drops of mint essential oil to some coconut oil and apply to your pulse points.
Mint can be a little harsh if you have super sensitive skin so, in that case, you may want to try adding a few drops to a spray bottle of diluted water and then spritz your clothes and the air with your bug free elixir! Wave goodbye and keep on sipping your glass of red!
2.) Don’t let them enjoy your leftovers
Of course there’s going to be food around at your campsite or outdoor area – scraps are sure to attract bugs.
Always keep food covered and keep water on hand to wash away any spills.
3.) Smell sensual with vanilla and repel mosquitos
Vanilla is one of our favorite sensual and romantic scents, perfect for a date night, and best of all is that mosquitos hate it!
Look for natural vanilla scented body products, and slather yourself in it to prevent yourself from becoming a mosquito’s next meal!
4.) Light up some citronella candles
We love the citrusy and uplifting scent of citronella in sultry summer days and nights, but bugs despise it!
In fact, citronella can reduce the chance of mosquitos landing close to you by a whopping 42% so we know this one works!
Light ‘em up all day if you need to!
5.) Avoid dark clothing
Mosquitos tend to be attracted to dark clothing so if you’re the only one wearing dark clothes in the group, chances are you’ll be the chosen one for a mosquito’s dinner.
Stick to light, loose clothing and avoid tight waistbands or socks, as they often are drawn to tight clothing too.
We hope these tips help you to squeeze out every last ounce of summer fun without having to worry about bug bites and welts!
Tamryn is a licensed Esthetician who enjoys blogging about natural skincare and nutrition. She is currently working toward a Registered Holistic Nutritionist designation. She spends her spare time listening to music, being outdoors, and reading.