Bug Off: 6 Summertime Safeguards Against the Season's Pesky Visitors

May 7th 2016

An invasion of insects or multiple bug bites can put a damper on summertime fun. Chemical-based and natural products can help to deter the bugs and increase the well-being of the body and home.

Apply Chemical Repellents

One of the most effective methods to keep bugs from attaching themselves to the body is to apply a chemical insect repellent. The active ingredients, commonly including DEET, mask the body's scent so mosquitoes and bugs stay away. Some insect repellents offer long-term protection for several hours, but individuals who are sweating or swimming may lower the repellency of the product.

Avoid Perfume and Cologne

Insects are often naturally attracted to sweet scents. Individuals who plan on spending time outdoors during the summertime should avoid wearing colognes or perfumes to minimize the risk of bug bites. Scented hair products can also increase the attraction of insects to the body.

Sprinkle Spices

Creepy, crawly bugs and ants often try and find their way into homes during the summertime. Homeowners can repel bugs and deter the attraction to the home by spicing things up. Sprinkling garlic, mint, cinnamon, black pepper or cayenne pepper near the home's foundation or at entry points of the home can help to repel ants. It is also important to remove crumbs and sticky substances from counters and pantries to avoid attracting bugs in the home.

Plant Repelling Flowers

Mosquitoes are often a gardener's worst nightmare. Gardeners can spruce up a garden by incorporating mosquito-repelling plants such as marigolds or lemon balm. Mosquitoes are often attracted to water sources, so it also helps to remove standing water sources located near the garden.

Concoct Homemade Repellents

Individuals opposed to chemical-based repellents can create homemade remedies to repel biting insects. A mixture of essential oils, vegetable oil or apple cider vinegar can be sprayed on the body or in high-traffic insect areas inside the home or outside.

Light Candles

A summertime evening sitting on the deck or porch can be ruined when insects invade. Candles infused with citronella scents placed near frequented areas help to fill the air with scents that flying insects and mosquitoes do not like. Citronella candles can also help to spruce up the decor of an outdoor patio.


Summertime often brings warmer temperatures and sunshine. The weather may be pleasant, but the onset of bugs that accompany warmer temperatures can be a pain, especially when these pesky visitors invade homes, bodies and gardens. Individuals seeking to bask in the sunshine and maintain a bug-free home can safeguard themselves from insects and bugs with commercial products and natural remedies to keep the season's pesky visitors away.

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