Strike a Match
At your next barbeque or picnic, arm yourself with a handful of citronella candles before the soiree starts. Citronella is a natural bug repellent, and candles are natural ambiance enhancers -- which makes them an outdoor party win-win!
Mosquitoes are attracted to scent, so skip the potent perfumes, soaps and lotions and go all-natural instead. And don’t forget your clothes! When doing summer laundry, look for fragrance-free detergents and fabric softeners.
Leave No Water Standing
Stagnant water is one of the best places for mosquitoes to breed. Look for stale, standing water around your home -- especially in buckets, old tires, swimming pool covers and rain gutters. Dump the water out and flush the space with vinegar to be sure no mosquitoes remain.
Plant Plants That Bugs Can’t Stand
You can plan your garden around keeping bugs away. For instance, mosquitoes want nothing to do with basil, rosemary and lemongrass. Bonus: These plants all make a welcome and delicious addition to any backyard.
Making your own insect repellent is easy. You can even get the kids involved for a family-friendly project with satisfying results (fewer itchy bites!). Visit your local health food store and stock up on essential oils that bugs can’t stand. Citronella is a classic; eucalyptus, lemongrass, peppermint and clove are also highly effective. Mix one part essential oil with 10 to 20 parts of a base oil, such as almond or sesame, and apply to the skin before stepping outside.More Simple Steps Slide Shows