The Best Ways to Keep Bugs Away from you this Summer and Fall Story

Have you ever felt like you’re the only person covered in bug bites at the neighborhood barbeque?

Chances are, you’re not being paranoid. Instead, it’s probably your body’s unique chemical makeup and scent that makes you more popular than a juicy slice of watermelon.

Everybody produces unique chemical signals, informed by genetics, immune system, and diet. Along with body temperature and carbon dioxide emission, these signals attract blood-thirsty insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, and other arthropods.

Make Your Yard Unattractive to Bugs

Before you shield yourself in a plume of bug spray, consider making your outdoor space inhospitable to unwanted insects by following these suggestions.

Plant Pest-Repellent Herbs, Flowers, and Other Greenery

Here’s a quick introduction to some pest-repellent plants and what bugs they help repel: – Mosquitoes: Lemongrass, Thyme, Lavender – Ticks: Rosemary, Beautyberry, Marigold – Spiders: Basil, Mint, Lemon Balm – Flies: Petunias, Floss Flower, Nasturtiums

Remove Standing Water

Standing water attracts mosquitoes and provides an area for them to lay eggs. If you find standing water in a container, such as a plant dish, dispose of it. Afterward, wash the container with soap to kill any mosquito eggs.

Apply Liquid Barriers & Insecticides

Lawn insecticides applied to your entire backyard use chemicals such as permethrin to kill mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, ants, and more on contact. After the initial kill, lawn insecticides provide up to one month of bug-repelling powers.

Use Topical Bug Repellent

Applying bug repellent directly onto your skin is the most effective protection for individuals. However, regardless of the application method (spray, lotion, cream, wipe, or balm), the effectiveness of topical bug repellents comes down to the repellent’s active ingredient.

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