14 WAYS TO REPEL INSECTS

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14 WAYS TO REPEL INSECTS
1) AVOID THEIR HANGOUTS

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Source: Mosquitoes are most prevalent during dusk and dawn, and in grassy areas. Ticks live in moist and humid conditions, typically in wooded or grassy areas. On your next hike, stick to the centre of the trail.
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14 WAYS TO REPEL INSECTS
2) COVER UP

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Source: Mosquitoes can bite through very thin fabric, so be sure to cover your arms and legs with thick, heavy clothing. In areas of heavy brush, where ticks are prevalent, tuck your shirt into your pants and pull your socks up over your pant cuffs.
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14 WAYS TO REPEL INSECTS
3) WEAR LIGHT COLOURS

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Source: This will allow you to spot ticks more easily, and can actually make you less attractive to mosquitoes.
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14 WAYS TO REPEL INSECTS
4) REMOVE STANDING WATER

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Source: Mosquitoes breed in pools of water. Remove water from your pool cover and flower pot saucers, and clean your bird bath twice a week. TIP: Birdbaths attract mosquito-eating chickadees, house wrens, bluebirds, swallows, and martins.
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14 WAYS TO REPEL INSECTS
5) INVEST IN A FAN

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Source: If you want to enjoy dining on your patio, you’ll have to find a way to get mosquitoes away from you, your wine, and your food. Mosquitoes can’t maneuver through wind, so unless it’s naturally windy, use a fan to keep mosquitoes away.
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14 WAYS TO REPEL INSECTS
6) LOOK OUT FOR WARNING LABELS

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Source: If it comes with warnings that caution against using the product around your eyes, mouth, ears, cuts and irritated skin, on kids, and in high concentrations, it should be avoided.
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14 WAYS TO REPEL INSECTS
7) AVOID DEET AND OTHER CHEMICAL-BASED REPELLANTS

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Source: DEET has been linked to reproductive disturbances, genetic mutations, and central nervous system disorders. Health Canada warns that children under 12 shouldn't use it regularly.
TIP: If you are in a high risk area, and decide to use a DEET-based product, apply it to your clothes rather than your skin.
14 WAYS TO REPEL INSECTS

TIP: If you are in a high risk area, and decide to use a DEET-based product, apply it to your clothes rather than your skin.

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14 WAYS TO REPEL INSECTS
8) AVOID HIGH CONCENTRATIONS

Source: A 30% concentration will keep you protected all day, so any concentration above that will expose you to an unnecessarily high level of chemical exposure. In fact, if you’ll be outdoors for under two hours, a 10% concentration will suffice.
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14 WAYS TO REPEL INSECTS
9) AVOID REPELLANT CANDLES AND LANTERNS

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Source: Not only are they a lot less effective than skin or clothing treatments, they are also an inhalation hazard since you can breathe in all of the the fumes that they emit.
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14 WAYS TO REPEL INSECTS
10) AVOID AEROSOL SPRAYS:

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Source: Aerosol sprays in pressurized containers emit chemicals that are easy to inhale. To avoid getting sprayed in the eyes and face, do your best to avoid them. Opt for products in lotion, pump or towelette form.
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14 WAYS TO REPEL INSECTS
11) DO NOT BUY REPELLANT MIXED WITH SUNSCREEN

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Source: Though your repellent may last all day, your sunscreen won’t. To avoid overexposing yourself to repellent, do not buy sunscreen mixed with repellant.
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14 WAYS TO REPEL INSECTS
12) SUBSTITUTE DEET FOR OIL OF LEMON EUCALYPTUS

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Source: Oil of lemon eucalyptus with enhanced PMD is considered to be the most effective botanical ingredient on the market. A 20-30% concentration provides all-day protection from mosquitoes and ticks.
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14 WAYS TO REPEL INSECTS
13) THESE NATURAL OILS WORK, TOO

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Source: Pure essential oil of citronella protects against insect bites for up to two hours and organic soybean oil offers over three hours of protection against bites. Lavender oil and neem seed oil are also known to repel insects naturally.
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14 WAYS TO REPEL INSECTS
14) ADD LOTUS TO YOUR POND

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Source: Ponds can turn into a gathering ground for mosquitoes. To repel mosquitoes naturally, add lotus to your water features.

With the threat of West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease upon us, skipping out on repellant is not a safe option. On the other hand, regularly applying products containing chemicals like Deet, a toxic substance added to most store-bought insect repellants, is not necessarily safe either. While it may be temping to opt for the “stronger” varieties, as they offer a kind of security blanket, there are many alternatives that are safe for prolonged use and extremely effective.

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