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How To Keep Your Summer Bug Free

December 29th, 2012 Seasonal

During the summer, you might be more willing to take advantage of that extra daylight afforded to you by staying out later. Those warm nights allow you to sit comfortably outside and enjoy the seasonal temperatures as you partake in various festivities, such as building campfires to star-gazing. Unfortunately, people aren't the only ones who like to linger into the night when the mercury begins to rise, and hungry mosquitoes may soon become a pesky problem this season.

Getting bit by a bug is no fun, but luckily, there are a series of repellents that will help keep them at bay.

While organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) do recommend using bug sprays, they advise you to use extreme caution due to some of the chemicals within them. When applying repellent, try to keep it on exposed skin and your clothing but keep it away from your eyes, mouth and any scrapes or wounds. If you're a parent to a little one, try to keep the spray out of their reach and apply it for them as needed.

It turns out that there are also natural bug sprays devoid of pesticides you can use. An example of this is Burt's Bees Herbal Insect Repellent, which contains rosemary, citronella oil and lemongrass.

There are also other methods to keeping mosquitos and other insects away without having to utilize any sort of repellent. Candles infused with citronella are a great option - the scent will help drive insects away and the illumination will be great for those late evening spent with friends.