- Nix the Hawaiian shirt. Brightly colored floral patterns on clothing may actually fool bees and other bugs into thinking you're a flower. So can smelling like a flower, so skip the perfume. Wear neutral-colored, protective clothing and scent-free soaps and lotions.
- Eat garlic. Garlic and other strong foods, like onions, might make you less tasty to biting insects.
- Use essential oils. Natural insect repellents such as lemongrass, lavender, or eucalyptus can be mixed with water and used as a spray. (But be careful to avoid getting them in your eyes.)
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RealAge answeredUse these chemical-free strategies to prevent insect bites on your next camping trip, backwoods hike, or neighborhood barbecue: