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Natural Mosquito Repellants!

With the 4th of July just around the corner, here are some tips to keep the mosquito population to a minimum when you are cooking out in the yard this week. According to Medical News Today, here are the best things to surround your patio with:

1. Citronella

Dose for dose, citronella can be as effective as DEET.

Citronella is a well-known mosquito repellent. In a dose by dose comparison, citronella is initially as effective as DEET. However, citronella oil evaporates quickly, meaning that it is only effective for a short time. Also, high concentrations of citronella can cause skin irritation.

2. Lemon eucalyptus

Lemon eucalyptus essential oil contains 85% citronellal. It is a popular product in the cleaning and cosmetics industries due to its fresh scent.

3. Clove

Many people use cloves either alongside cinnamon in baking or as an aromatic addition to drinks with lemon and sugar. However, cloves may also help prevent bothersome mosquito bites.

Also: Peppermint, Lemongrass, Basil, Neem, Eucalyptus, Catnip and Thyme.

Happy 4th of July!

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