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Nothing sounds like summer more than the slap of a palm against skin as you chase a horde of tiny buzzing mosquitoes around yourself.

1. Garlic

1. Garlic
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Several days before you take a camping or hiking trip into bug-filled territory, start eating garlic.

Have a clove or two every day.

As you sweat out the garlic odour, it repels many insects.

Maybe this is where the myth of garlic repelling bloodsuckers came from!

Need a good recipe that requires plenty of garlic? This delicious black bean stew has 5 cloves.

2. Milk

2. Milk
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If your skin feels like it’s burning up from too much sun exposure or if itchy bug bites are driving you crazy, try using a little milk paste for soothing relief.

Mix one part powdered milk with two parts water and add a pinch or two of salt.

Dab it on the burn or bite.

The enzymes in the milk powder will help neutraliSe the insect-bite venom and help relieve sunburn pain.

If you have any milk, powdered or otherwise left over you can make this delicious custard.

3. Salt

3. Salt
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For relief from the itching of mosquito bites, soak the area in salt water, then apply a coating of lard or vegetable oil.

When you’ve finished with the salt you can use it to season your watermelon.

Nothing sounds like summer more than the slap of a palm against skin as you chase a horde of tiny buzzing mosquitoes around yourself.

4. Olive oil

4. Olive oil
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It’s so satisfying to watch birds enjoying the garden bath you provide.

But unfortunately, that still water is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Floating a few tablespoons of vegetable oil on the surface of the water will help keep mosquitoes from using the water, and it won’t bother the birds.

But it’s still important to change the water twice a week so any larvae don’t have time to hatch.

Fancy making your own olive oil at home? You’ll have to start with an olive tree.

5. Onion

5. Onion
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Rubbing a slice of onion over your skin can be a good way to keep away mosquitoes and other biting insects.

You can use the rest of the onion, the part that you didn’t smear all over your exposed skin, for this delicious onion gravy.

6. Orange and lemon peels

6. Orange and lemon peels
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Not crazy about the idea of rubbing onions all over yourself to keep away mosquitoes?

You may be happy to know that you can often get similar results by rubbing fresh orange or lemon peels over your exposed skin.

It’s said that mosquitoes and gnats are totally repulsed by either scent.

There are some great nutritional benefits hiding in citrus zest.

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