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Lifestyle news: Natural mosquito repellents

Try these natural mosquito repellents this summer.

• Take some ribbons, douse with citronella oil and hang them around doorways or from sun umbrellas where you are sitting.

• Vitamin B is said to repel mosquitoes, so take a B complex tablet. Also eat lots of Marmite or Vegemite – beer can help too!

• There is also evidence mosquitoes (and aphids) are attracted to yellow and lemon. Put some Sunlight dishwashing liquid in a yellow saucer with some water and place it outside.

• Burn citronella candles or oil burners with lavender oil in them.

• Make a mixture of 50ml almond oil (or olive oil, just for a good base) and add 10 drops of lavender essential oil, 10 drops of rose geranium essential oil, and you’ll not only smell great, but it will keep the mosquitoes away.

• Vanilla extract works well when dabbed on the ankles, neck and wrists.

• It’s a bit smelly, but rub yourself with a garlic clove.

• Grab some basil from the garden, crush it and rub it on.

If you are bitten, try these:

• Rub on a few drops of lavender essential oil.

• Dab on some vinegar.

• Rub a peeled garlic clove on the bite. This is also good to prevent infections.

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