5 Foods That Repel Bugs

Keeping bugs at bay seems like a never-ending task, particularly in the summertime.

But did you know some straightforward, cost-effective tricks can help deter them?

In this article, we’re going to explore how basic food sold in all supermarkets can aid in reducing the number of bugs pestering you this summer. Here are our top 5:

1) Grapefruit

This fruit contains a chemical compound known as nootkatone, the ingredient used in citronella candles to deter mosquitoes. You can use grapefruit peels as part of your homemade insect repellent and other natural foods mentioned in this article.

To make your own bug repellent, use or purchase a plastic spray bottle and use water to mix with your chosen ingredients.

2) Onions

You may already know that onions contain sulphur, but this ingredient is what many bugs hate. You should incorporate this into your bug repellent using small onion and combine it with 4 bulbs of garlic. Of course, you probably won’t want to spray this over your body; however, it’ll work great as a garden insect repellent.

3) Garlic

As mentioned above, sulphur is a powerful natural bug repellent, and garlic has plenty of it. Adding this to your bug spray will make a powerful weapon against most bugs.

4) Apple Cider Vinegar

Another excellent powerful repellent is Apple Cider Vinegar. Given it’s a liquid, little preparation is needed so you can pour it straight into your spray bottle. It doesn’t smell great, so you’re unlikely to use it on your skin. However, try spraying this around your garden before family gatherings and you’ll notice a reduction in bugs disrupting your fun.

5) Cucumbers

Many people already use cucumber as part of their skincare routine, so don’t be afraid to use a little on your arms or legs if outside enjoying the summer weather. You can use them on your salad and save some to lay around the garden or campsite to ward off pesky insects.

So, you don’t have to break the bank to defend against bugs this summer. Instead, take advantage of what nature offers and what’s immediately available to buy from your local supermarket.


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