15 Ways to Repel Bugs Naturally (and Cheaply)
Mosquitoes and fleas and wasps -- oh, my! Insects have always been a major drawback of the summer months, but the arrival of diseases such as Zika in hot vacation spots raises the stakes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tracked the disease -- spread by mosquitoes and linked to birth defects and potentially fatal neurological disorders -- to U.S. territories including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. Cases have been reported in Gulf Coast states including Florida and Texas, underlining the need to steer clear of mosquitos and other disease-carrying insects.
Slathering skin with chemical-laden products isn't the only alternative to risking disease. There are simple and cheap ways to repel bugs naturally. Use these tips and DIY antidotes to minimize the ick factor this season.
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Some decorative plants have natural bug-repelling chemicals and aromas. Lining an outdoor space with these plants is both aesthetically pleasing and practical. Garden Design magazine lists six plants that work as natural mosquito repellents, including herbs such as basil and rosemary, which offer an added culinary benefit.