Battle of the Bugs

27
Jun
2013


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Welcome to the 30 Days of Summer – Go-To Guide for Moms!

Day Twenty Seven

Summer and bugs go hand in hand and is the prime time for mosquitos and other insects to find a way to attack your body.  When it comes to our kids, it can be even worse – any kind of insect bite can be an awful experience.

I’ve been encouraged to find natural alternatives to bug sprays and bite remedies filled with chemicals.  I certainly do not know it all, but even one small change in what I apply to my skin or my kids is helpful in combating the over use of chemicals to treat issues naturally.  I would research for some chemical free alternatives.

How to Avoid Insect Bites

A few common sense tips:

  • Stay away from open beverages that contain sweetener. Sweetened beverages, like soda and juice, attract stinging insects.
  • Standing water are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Empty, or cover the pool at the end of the day, and don’t leave any potted plants outside that may contain standing water.
  • Always wear shoes, and dress in long pants, and a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt to cover skin. Also, wear light-colored clothing.
  • When outdoors, particularly at night, you can purchase REAL Citronella candles, and place them on the patio tables.  make sure they are not just fragranced with Citronella, but rather have citronella oil in them.  If you are interested in making your own homemade Citronella candles, here is a simple recipe. I think I will try this.

Plants that Repel Bugs

If you are interested in learning about plants that naturally repel bugs, this is a great article that gives you specific plants and what they deter.  Lavender, one of my favorites, does a great job of repelling mosquitos as well as gnats.

Bee Sting

When I was young, I remember my mom making a Baking Soda Paste when I got stung by a bee.  I had forgotten about this until I read about this recently.   Last year I was stung by a bee while running {yes, seriously I was running and it came up and stung me on the leg!}  It was really painful and I had a hard time running back home.  By the time I got back it was swollen and throbbing.  I made sure the stinger was removed and then mixed up the paste, part baking soda and part water –  and it brought relief.  This is a great frugal remedy to dealing with bug bites that swell and are painful.

 

What natural remedies do you have to fight bugs?

 

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