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Natural Patio Bug Repellent

The best thing about throwing a thanksgiving dinner outdoor is enjoying the scenery and aroma of fall. However, the only party pooper is having uninvited pesky bugs (mosquitos) circling around the whole evening. Here is a homemade outdoor hug repellent to keep the bugs at bay. Supplies: Peppermint oil Lemon Alcohol Instructions: Combine 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol with 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice and 10 drops of peppermint oil in a spray bottle. How to use: Spray around the perimeter of your gathering or play area every hour to keep the bugs away. Bugs don't like intense smell of lemon and mint so it acts as a natural barrier.
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Wow, who knew this was so easy? I'll have to tell my sister. She loves throwing BBQs but everyone gets bitten!
I can attest to this working. Eucalyptus oil also works very well at least from my experience
Another thing that I use that works just as well is the Japenese Cherry Blossom collection from Bath & Body.
@sophiamor I have never found a candle that works, I am convinced its a scam hahaa
This is awesome!! I usually try using bug repellent candles but they never work and smell kind of funky - I'll try this next time :)
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