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GALLERY: 8 Foods That Naturally Remedy A Bug Bite

Olive oil

It’s so satisfying to watch birds enjoying the garden bath you provide. But unfortunately, that still water is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Floating a few tablespoons of vegetable oil on the surface of the water will help keep mosquitoes from using the water, and it won’t bother the birds. But it’s still important to change the water twice a week so any larvae don’t have time to hatch. Here are more smart ways to use olive oil.
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Rubbing a slice of onion over your skin can be a good way to keep away mosquitoes and other biting insects.
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Orange and lemon peels

Not crazy about the idea of rubbing onions all over yourself to keep away mosquitoes? You may be happy to know that you can often get similar results by rubbing fresh orange or lemon peels over your exposed skin. It’s said that mosquitoes and gnats are totally repulsed by either scent.
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Apple cider vinegar

Planning a camping trip? Here’s an old army trick to keep away the ticks and mosquitoes: Approximately three days before you leave, start taking 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar three times a day. Continue using the vinegar throughout your trek, and you just might return home without a bite. Another time-honored approach to keep gnats and mosquitoes at bay is to moisten a cloth or cotton ball with white vinegar and rub it over your exposed skin. Here are more amazing health benefits of apple cider vinegar.
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Everybody likes the smell of vanilla—everybody but bugs, that is. Dilute 1 tablespoon vanilla extract with 1 cup water and wipe the mixture on your exposed skin to discourage mosquitoes, blackflies, and ticks.

Source credit: Reader’s Digest

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