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12 Natural Ways to Keep Bugs at Bay

The Healthy Logo By Jill Schildhouse of The Healthy | Slide 1 of 13: Let's face it, insects are called pests for a reason. Bugs that bite and sting are an itchy nuisance—and they also happen to be blood-sucking disease-spreaders. Disease cases from mosquito, tick, and flea bites tripled in the United States from 2004-2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Plus, nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks have been discovered or introduced since 2004. Need convincing? Here are 12 mosquito-born illnesses you need to know about. Sure, you could arm yourself with a full-body suit, but that's no way to spend the summer. You also could douse every square inch of yourself with chemical repellents, but the smell is awful, and who knows what the long-term health consequences might be? Instead, check out these 12 natural ways to protect yourself from the creepy-crawlies.

The real reasons you don't want to get bit

Let's face it, insects are called pests for a reason. Bugs that bite and sting are an itchy nuisance—and they also happen to be blood-sucking disease-spreaders. Disease cases from mosquito, tick, and flea bites tripled in the United States from 2004-2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Plus, nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks have been discovered or introduced since 2004. Need convincing? Here are 12 mosquito-born illnesses you need to know about.

Sure, you could arm yourself with a full-body suit, but that's no way to spend the summer. You also could douse every square inch of yourself with chemical repellents, but the smell is awful, and who knows what the long-term health consequences might be? Instead, check out these 12 natural ways to protect yourself from the creepy-crawlies.

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