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Simple recipe for homemade bug repellent keeps mosquitos and flies away naturally
As far as homemade repellents go, this one is the bee's knees.
Jaclyn Abergas
08.11.22

A lot of people can’t wait for summer, despite the warm temperatures.

It’s one of the best times to get away or, if you’re staying home, to get the sunlight you want and need.

But even summer has its caveats.

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If there’s one thing we don’t like about summer,it’s the prevalence of mosquitoes.

Technically, it’s not the season that attracts mosquitoes to come out. It’s the high-temperature levels of at least 80°F (27°C) where they really thrive.

That’s why tropical countries never run out of mosquitoes. Plus, mosquito eggs usually hatch around March, so by summer, they’re fully grown and active.

They’re more than just annoying.

Besides being an annoyance, mosquitoes can also carry dangerous diseases, so it’s always best to keep them at bay.

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Prevention is better than cure here.

Make sure that you don’t give them an opportunity to lay their eggs in your yard or outdoor area.

Check that there’s no freestanding water on your property where they can lay their eggs.

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If any pot or open container in your yard collects water because of rain or for any other reason, dump the water out.

If you have a pond or bird bath in your yard, add a pump or fountain to keep the water constantly moving.

To protect your home from mosquitoes, install screens on all your doors and windows. This way, you get to let the breeze inside but not the pesky mosquitoes.

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Repelling them is your best bet.

Natural Cures has created a recipe that has kept the mosquitoes out of their homes. Be sure to take notes and keep this recipe with you at all times.

Feel free to share this article with your family and friends to solve their mosquito problem. Or produce this recipe for them and give it as a gift.

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It’s a simple recipe.

It’s a homemade recipe of water, vinegar, cloves, and bay leaf. It’s great because these are ingredients that are always in your pantry.

This way, you can keep mosquitoes alive since they are still an integral part of our ecosystem. Since they depend on nectar for energy, they pollinate our flowers.

Plus, they are also prey for birds, insects, lizards, bats, and salamanders.

They also feed on dead insects in water, which contribute to the creation of minerals needed for the plant world.

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Repelling is better than eliminating.

Eliminating the mosquitoes will throw off our ecosystem, which is dangerous for our planet. So it’s always best to just keep them away from your space.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 glass of water
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To make:

Step 1- Boil the water with cloves and bay leaves for two minutes. Let it cool before straining the water.

Step 2- Mix in the vinegar and add to a spray bottle. It’s ready to use.

Vinegar has an unpleasant smell that deters mosquitoes and other insects. Clove is a powerful antiseptic that keeps insects away.

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Finally, bay leaves have a certain odor that prevents insects from reproducing.

Once you spray this repellent, you will be rid of mosquitoes.

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See how to make this handy repellent in the video below!

Please SHARE this with your friends and family.

By Jaclyn Abergas
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Jaclyn Abergas is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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