Summer means mosquitos and if you are anything like me then the tiny bugs will drive you mad. There are some natural insect repellents however that you can put into use to keep the little critters at bay. There are certain essential oils that mosquitos and other bugs do not like and will keep well away from. These include lavender oil, citronella oil, eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil. Any oil you use has to be diluted first with water as in concentrated form essential oils are too strong and can harm the skin.

Take a piece of cloth or a small sponge and soak it in the essential oil and water solution. Place it into a tin, close the lid and leave to infuse for 24 hours. To use the repellent you then simply take off the lid and place it wherever you want. You can place one on the coffee table, at an outside table or even by your bed. You can top up the sponge or cloth when you notice the smell has disappeared by soaking it again in the same solution. You can experiment with the oils so that you benefit from different aromas around the home.

There are other tricks you can put into place to prevent mosquitos and other bugs from biting you over the summer. Although it may be an old wives’ tale, consuming garlic every day is thought to deter bugs from biting you. Although it may be fairly obvious, wearing long sleeve tops and full length trousers will also protect you. Fans can also act as good insect repellents because mosquitos have difficulty maneuvering in a breeze. Wherever you are sitting or when in bed consider placing a fan so it is pointed directly on you.

Mosquitos are attracted to stagnant water so if you have any bird baths or containers of water in or around the house then make sure you empty them completely or at the very least, change the water every day.

If you have any other tricks up your sleeve of how to repel insects, send in your ideas to us so we can put them to good use this summer.

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