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10 Easy Tips for Controlling Outdoor Pests

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Oil Up Bugs

Lavender oil is a powerful bug repellent. It keeps away mosquitoes, flies, gnats and other biting insects. It is also annoying to moths; when combined with cedar chips or slivers, lavender oil makes a powerful moth repellent.

Sprays or lotions made with lavender oil can be used directly on the skin as chemical-free insect repellent. However, be sure to reapply often; the repellent may evaporate faster than typical commercial bug repellents, depending on whether they're made from alcohol or lotion.

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Lavender oil in soy candles placed around the home or garden has a bug-repelling effect that is more powerful than citronella -- and it smells nicer. For maximum effect, combine lavender oil with eucalyptus, which is also an effective insect repellent, and clove oils.

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