Our Best Tips for Controlling Mosquitos This Summer
Enjoy the great outdoors, bite-free.
Bothersome mosquitos can seriously put a damper on fun outdoor summer gatherings. While it's impossible to completely rid your yard of these unwanted pests, here are some tips and tricks to help you manage them.
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Keep the bugs at bay with this easy-to-make spray from Maria Antoinette.
Organic, non-toxic bug spray is great for use on kids. Watch the video above to see how to make your own.
An essential oil mixture will keep bugs away all day. MAKE IT: Natural Bug and Tick Repellent
Skip the store-bought, chemical-laden options in favor of a natural, fresher-smelling spray using garden herbs. MAKE IT: Herb-Infused Bug Spray
Try a DIY approach.
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Don't let those pesky bugs keep you inside!
Watch the video above to see how to make a bug-busting bouquet, natural spray and easy citronella torches.
Like mosquitos love blood, bats love mosquitos. Build a bat house to attract mosquitos' most-feared predator. MAKE IT: Bat House
Step 5- Add Essential Oil
Add a few drops of Citronella essential oil to the bracelet to help keep mosquitos away! Let it soak in for a few minutes before putting bracelet on. To adjust sizing, slide one knot towards the other until the bracelet is large enough to slip your hand through. To tighten, pull the knots away from one another.
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Don't worry about reapplying bug spray with these citronella-infused bracelets. MAKE IT: Paracord Bug Repellent Bracelets
Plant a repellent garden.
Fill a planter or window box with plants like lavender, marigold and rosemary, which put off offensive scents to mosquitos. Bonus: it looks pretty, too!
Burn, baby burn.
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Smoke and citronella are your best friends when it comes to mosquito prevention. Upcycle an empty liqour or wine bottle to create your own version of a tiki torch. MAKE IT: Citronella Torches
Look to the garden for natural mosquito repellents. Throw this herb bundle on the fire pit to stay bug free. MAKE IT: Herb Bundle
Don't overlook household items when crafting natural bug repellers. Use a slow cooker to diffuse this essential oil concotion. MAKE IT: Scented Bug Buster
Citronella candles don't have to be ugly. Give them a designer look by dipping them in melted, colorful crayons. MAKE IT: Dip-Dyed Citronella Candles
Use hacks that work.
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Get your facts straight.
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Try homemade remedies for bites.
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