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How to Keep Bugs Away Outdoors

How to Keep Bugs Away Outdoors

When I was little and my family went on a picnic, at the first sign of a buzzing wasp or a line of ants, my mother would cry, “Quick! Get the poison!” and out from the picnic basket would come a big can of bug spray. My father would douse everything in sight: not only were the bugs subjected to a fine mist of toxic chemicals, so were we–and so was the food we proceeded to eat. It’s a wonder we’re all as healthy as we are–and goodness knows what that stuff did to the environment.

Yes, biting, buzzing bugs can sure ruin a family picnic, or a romantic star-gazing on the deck, or a stroll around the block at dusk. But rather than exposing ourselves and the neighborhood to potentially toxic chemicals, we can use safe, natural methods that are still blessedly effective. Here are some of our favorite tips for keeping those outdoor bugs away:

If you will be staying in one place, try these methods to deter insects from joining the party:

Burn a smudge stick.
Light a stick of incense scented with essential oil of lemon balm, thyme, eucalyptus, peppermint, or lavender.
Burn candles scented with those essential oils.
Mist the area with one of the formulas below.

If you will be walking:

Click here to find out How to Custom-Make Your Own Insect Repellent.

And to repel and control mosquitoes, see these Hints and Tips.

Read more: Nature, Natural Pest Control

By Cait Johnson, Assistant Producer of Care2 Healthy Living.

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.


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2:04AM PST on Nov 27, 2014

tea tree oil works good..

12:29AM PST on Nov 27, 2014

Besides using bug spray, it's really nice tips to kill bugs.

10:53AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

great information...thank you

2:35AM PDT on May 15, 2013


10:33PM PDT on May 14, 2013

Thank you.

4:17PM PDT on May 14, 2013

Thank you

3:33PM PDT on May 14, 2013


11:26PM PDT on May 13, 2013

I would use incense.... mostly its mosquitos that bother me

2:45PM PDT on May 13, 2013

As I get older, I get more and more fascinated by life and all its creatures, both great and small... I like watching insects, and bugs and just about anything, flying around, crawling, doing what it does... I think any healthy environment has to have these lifeforms as evidence of a thriving ecosystem... I don't like killing things, simply because they might be in your line of vision...

6:06AM PDT on May 13, 2013

Interesting article, thanks for the tips !

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Good tips. Thank you.

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