7 Stylish Ways to Repel Bugs at Home

published Jun 30, 2018
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Summer’s all fun and games until you’re practically eaten alive by a swarm of hungry mosquitoes. Bug bites are a total nuisance—nobody wants to be covered in big, itchy bumps—and potentially hazardous to your health. Not to freak you out or anything, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the United States since 2004.

You could slather yourself in sticky, smelly repellent, or you could use your killer design instincts to bug-proof your home. Below, seven smart and stylish ways to help keep mosquitoes at bay.

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Fredericks and Mae’s citronella coils are chicer than the tiki torches you used to buy and can double as decorations for your next barbecue.

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Once you’re indoors, swap out your coils for a pretty citronella candle. This one from Anthropologie comes in two delicious scents: citrus bergamot and white verbena and pear.

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Don’t want to crank up your air conditioning? This canopy allows you to leave your window open and stay bite-free.

4. Sage Bush, $28

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Not only does burning sage clear the bad juju out of your new home, it repels bugs, too. For easy access, keep a couple of these bushes in your garden or on your windowsill.

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This Fragrance with Benefits’ scent features other bug-repelling notes like lavender, geranium, and peppermint. Spritz some on yourself or use it as room spray.

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It seems like mosquitoes effortlessly zip through the air, but in reality? They’re weak fliers. Carlo Borer’s midcentury fan not only looks good, it’ll cool you down and keep bugs far away. Sounds like a win- win to us.

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We never expected to find a stylish fly swatter, but, hey, there’s a first for everything.