The joys of gardening are ample in the summer: plump tomatoes ripening in the sun, colorful flowers waving in the breeze, butterflies stopping for a sip of nectar. It’s even more fun when you get your children to join you in tending growing things out in the sunshine and fresh air.
One aspect of summer gardening that’s not so fun? Bug bites. They’re not just itchy and irritating — mosquitoes have been making headlines as carriers of serious illnesses like Zika, West Nile and EEE. Knowing that mosquito bites can ruin your good time and cause serious damage, it’s important to protect your family from being bitten. Follow these tips to reduce your bug bites naturally.
Why Natural Mosquito Prevention Is Important
Whenever possible, it’s best to avoid chemical insect repellents. These often contain substances that can harm humans as well as insects, and young children are particularly at risk. Though effective, popular repellents containing DEET are of particular concern. DEET can be absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin and adversely affect the central nervous system, coordination and memory. For most backyard situations, it’s simply not necessary to use chemicals to avoid mosquitoes.
Tips for Avoiding Bug Bites the Natural Way
Instead of taking a chance with potentially hazardous chemicals, try these all-natural and environmentally friendly methods of keeping mosquitoes at bay in the garden this summer:
With a little trial and error, you should be able to time your gardening tasks to avoid the worst mosquito times while still enjoying the wonders of nature with your family this summer.