I hope you've enjoyed the summer as much as I have. You may have noticed that I'm a big fan of grilling out and spending time with loved ones under a beautiful summer sky. Do you know who else is a fan of summertime? Mosquitoes, gnats and other flying pests. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to repel these and other insects. This week's blog is all about how to keep the bugs away. But, if you do get bitten, I have some tips that can help soothe your itchy skin. Enjoy!
A Few Ways to Repel Bugs
Citronella candles are a traditional favorite if you're trying to keep the mosquitoes away. These are available to buy in home improvement stores and craft stores. Or, you could put your creativity to the test and make a citronella candle. In addition, you can find recipes for homemade citronella soap that softens your skin while acting as a bug repellent. If you like to garden, try planting lemongrass, rosemary, or lavender around your backyard patio. These herbs have a fragrance that repels mosquitoes and other pests. Cinnamon leaf oil has been known to kill mosquito larvae and is a natural alternative to pesticides. It can be purchased online or even in some grocery stores. Peppermint is another type of oil found in recipes for natural mosquito repellent. As you can see, many repellents bring along their own delightful scent while driving away pests that want to put a damper on your pleasant summertime gatherings.
How to Soothe a Bug Bite
You may spend hours preparing batches of homemade repellents, but you still find yourself itching. The bad news is you may have a lot of determined mosquitoes around your place. The good news is there are many simple salves and solutions that can soothe your irritated skin. For example, the tannins in a used tea bag can take away some of the itchiness of a bug bite. Or, try a little tea tree oil or peppermint oil on your most aggravating bug bites. Both of these oils, as well as others, act as an antiseptic on the skin. When you think of aloe vera, you're likely to picture a bad sunburn. But, aloe can be used to soothe bug bites as well. If you have baking soda around the house, mix some with a few drops of water to create a paste. Smear the paste on your bug bites and let it dry. The alkalinity in the baking soda can help relieve your itching. Cut a cucumber in half and place the fleshy inside directly against one of your bug bites. This can decrease the swelling that comes along with irritated skin. If you have some raw organic honey in your kitchen cabinet, put a drop of it on a bug bite. Honey contains an anti-bacterial that offers more relief than some store-bought ointments.
Finally, be sure to empty any items on your property that contain standing water. This includes things like bird baths, tire swings and empty flower pots. Mosquitoes can multiply in standing water. Thanks for reading! - Alan