What is the “other season? Tis the season of the bugs. How can we avoid them short of wearing a HAZMAT suit? There was an article in a recent Farmers Almanac newsletter offering recipes for homemade bug repellents. Without further ado, here is a reprint I hope you will find useful. Or at least interesting.
Know Thy Enemy
As soon as we step outside, bugs have a way of finding us. Some use the carbon dioxide that we exhale to locate us, others go by scent, body heat, vibrations, or even the colors we wear. For example, deerflies are attracted to CO2, warmth, motion, and dark colors. One way to make yourself less attractive to insects is to avoid using fragrant soaps, lotions, perfume, hairspray, or aftershave. Instead, use scents that block their receptors, making you harder to find.
Here are four simple homemade bug sprays you can make using essential oils, based on your scent preference:
No essential oils on-hand? Use dried or fresh herbs instead. If you can make tea, you can make these concoctions. Keep them in the fridge for a cooling spray.
Here are two herbal recipes:
Note: If you ever think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room.
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