Help!! Do You Have Any Natural Solutions for Preventing Bug Bites that WORK!!

With the hot weather here

(we are in the middle of a week with 35C to 42C)

I have waited until after dark to water and tend to the plants.

I have found that the bugs have it in for me and merrily bite inbetween the squirts of insect repellent.

Do you know any natural solutions for preventing bug bites

If so your advice will be greatly appreciated

Hopefully this isn't a gardener's curse that I will have to get used to - HELP!!

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Comment by Jacqui Knight on December 16, 2011 at 8:30pm

Not an insect repellent but thoughts on reducing the bug problem... Nobody likes mosquitoes and I've been thinking about some natural controls.

The eggs are laid on water. They hatch and the wrigglers live in water for two or three weeks as they grow. Then the third stage, the pupa, also lives in the water. Finally the adults emerge.

We are discourged from leaving stagnant water around the place, as it's an ideal place for the females to lay their eggs. However, if we were to encourage them by leaving bowls of water around, then empty the water (compost heap or garden) every ten days, then that would mean another batch of eggs would die. Surely this would be a great way of reducing the population?

What do people think of that as an idea. It would also be wonderful protein for chooks, I guess, that enjoyed a drink of water - if you had chooks, that is.

Would appreciate some feedback.

Comment by Hester on February 2, 2011 at 8:41am

Hi Anya

I'll post the hand cream recipe for you when I get a spare minute. Soon hopefully.

Comment by Anja Richards on February 1, 2011 at 9:23pm

Thanks Trent

Good point about reduced immune response with time - I hadn't conciously noticed until you reminded me - although reduced synthetic soaps could be the reason as you say

The environment is a good point, however with the floods in Western Australia, Queensland, NSW and Victoria and still spreading with the water streadily herading down the murray river system - water over such a huge part of Australia has increased the mosquito population - including increased numbers of people getting Ross River Fever - so any suggestions to keep the bugs away is definitely welcome and I will give them a try

Hopefully it will work on ants as well - their bite seems worse than the mossies!!

We hope to be in Canada in a year or two - so perhaps our paths will cross

Cheers Anja

Comment by Trent Hans Nicolajsen on February 1, 2011 at 9:03pm

1. citronila oil with wood oils is what I have used, But I spray them on my clothing and not on my skin.

2. I don't use synthetic soaps or shampoos as they attract the insects. 

3. I watch my diet also, more proteins like from many types of beans, I stop eating bananas and sweets.

4. Camp fire smoke seems to help also. 

5. GET BITTEN, our body's may gain an immunity from insect bites, Or something happens too our blood and you get bitten less and less. 

6. too many insects like mosquitos is sometimes a sign of a enviroment that needs to be restored and or eco system out of wack, 

7. I have a mosquito head net for really bad days.

8. Bat, swallow, and bird populations may need to be increased as well as things like dragonflys like up here in canada. 

 

Comment by Anja Richards on February 1, 2011 at 11:35am

Hi Hester,

Thank you for your suggestions - sounds great

I was planning to plant lavender in the front yard

How do you make lavendaer scented hand cream

What variety of lavender do you use

Comment by Hester on February 1, 2011 at 7:45am
Lavender oil works really well. Put a few drops in an small atomiser spray bottle filled with water and spray bare skin, or a few drops  in a carrier oil and apply. I make my own lavender scented hand cream and just use that.

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