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Bug Off Naturally

Say bye-bye to bugs and chemical insecticides. Folklore and anecdotal evidence have long supported the use of nontoxic essential oils, spices, and powders to repel insects. 

Now research shows that some plant oils combat pests as well as DEET does -- without harming your health. 

For all spray-on applications, dilute 20 drops of essential oil with 1 cup of grape-seed oil and 1 1/2 cups of purified water; shake well.

The Bug: Ants
The Remedy: Peppermint essential oil or citronella essential oil
The Technique: Use 3 to 5 drops on windowsills, doorways, and under kitchen sink.

The Bug: Blackflies
The Remedy: Cinnamon oil or turmeric oil
The Technique: Spray or dab on clothing and exposed skin.

The Bug: Cockroaches
The Remedy: Citrus oil, especially kaffir lime oil
The Technique: Spray on problem areas (e.g., under kitchen sink).

The Bug: Mosquitoes
The Remedy: Catnip oil or thyme oil
The Technique: Spray or dab on clothing and exposed skin.

The Bug: Ticks
The Remedy: Lemon-eucalyptus oil
The Technique: Spray or dab on clothing and exposed skin.

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