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5 Simple Tips for Repelling Pests

5 Simple Tips for Repelling Pests

It’s picnic season, and perfect weather for camping, hiking, or a stroll around the block. But those dratted pests–flies, mosquitoes, wasps, and more–can really ruin the fun.

Here are five great tips from our natural-living expert that will help repel biting and buzzing pests without using toxic products that can harm your health and the environment. Some of these tips are actually great for your health–and they’re so easy!

1. If you’re camping, bring along some coriander seed or lemon balm leaves to throw on the campfire. Both are great pest deterrents.

2. When you launder your outerwear, add a few drops of essential oil of lavender to the rinse water. You’ll think your clothes smell heavenly, but the pests won’t!

3. A tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar, taken once a day, can make your skin unattractive to biting pests. And apple cider vinegar offers general health benefits, too!

4. Garlic doesn’t just repel vampires. Eat lots of it, and the pests should stay away. (And besides, garlic is good for you.)

5. A daily dose of vitamin B1 may keep pests away, too.

Read more: Nature, Natural Pest Control

By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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12:38AM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Thanks for the info

9:54PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

great tips, thanks

11:31AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012


11:38AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Great tips - thanks!

7:31AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

1:16AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

thanks for sharing

12:14PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Thank you

7:45AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

The fan clip insect repellent really works if you are stationary (like kids sport games) It is oderless and not applied to your skin. We put it on the ground betwen our lawn chairs and in a minute were pest free ! (Doesn`t work as well if you`re moving around a lot)

7:22AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

These are great ideas. Pipe tobacco in the campfire repels pests too.

2:26PM PST on Jan 31, 2012

thank u!!

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