To keep insects from biting, stinging or annoying you – and just as importantly, to keep them away from your food – follow these 13 surefire, all-natural tips.
1. Turn your body into a bug repellant
By eating certain foods, you can repel many insects. For example, munch on a clove of garlic every day for three days before a picnic.
As you sweat out the garlic odor, it repels many insects.
You can also take 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar three times a day for three days before the picnic, too.
2. Use the power of produce
Rubbing a slice of onion over your skin can be a good way to keep away mosquitoes and other biting insects.
Fresh orange or lemon peels also work.
And 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.
All these work on your picnic table as well; wipe it with vinegar or onion, for example, and bugs will stay away.
3. Be vanilla
Turns out that bugs don’t like the smell of vanilla. Dilute 1 tablespoon vanilla extract with 1 cup water and wipe the mixture on your exposed skin (and if you wish, your picnic tablecloth) to discourage mosquitoes, blackflies, and ticks.