Bug Repellent: The Best Tips for Staying Itch Free



Short of modifying your genetic makeup, what can you do to repel bugs? Fortunately, many products and at-home remedies can help reduce the number of insects feasting on your flesh.

This story will cover the best plants, topicals, and clothing you can use as bug repellents for staying itch-free.

Identify Which Bugs You Want to Repel

It might be tempting to invest in a fancy bug zapper or full-scale insecticide fogger, but remember that not all bugs are nasty. Some insects, such as bees and butterflies, provide essential pollination services.

Plant Pest-Repellent Herbs, Flowers, and Other Greenery

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.

Apply Liquid Barriers and 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.

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