Thrifty Thursday: Low cost bug repellents
We found natural and inexpensive bug repellents that you can make with items laying around the house. You can rub orange peels on your skin. Mosquitos dislike the citrus in oranges. Vanilla extract works in the same way. You can apply some to a cotton ball and rub on your skin.
If you are working out in the garden, stick a few dryer sheets in your pockets. This will send moquitos the other direction. Everyone's skin is a little different, so trial and error can help you find the best spray.
If you have ants in the house here's a recipe that will get rid of them.
Mixing 75% water and 25% mouthwash in a spray bottle and spraying it outside near patio furniture will keep bugs away.
Certain plants can scare mosquitos away. The best kinds are citronella grass, horsemint, marigolds, and catnip. The American Chemical Society says catnip can be ten times stronfer than DEET, the active ingredient in bug spray.
If you unfortunately get bit by a mosquito, you can dip a cotton swab into rubbing alchohol and dab it on the bite. If something more powerful like a wasp, hornet, or fire ant bites you, a cigarette may be able to help. Empty the contents of a cigarette and mix with equal parts water. Apply this to the bite. Inflamation and redness should be gone in 20 to 30 minutes.