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Long lazy summer days.
On the beach. By the lake. In the woods.
It’s glorious isn’t it?
Disturbed only by the buzz, buzz, buzz of the mosquitoes.
And the wasps.
Aaaaarrrgggh!!! Paradise lost.
But don’t stress, these super simple, brilliant summer hacks will keep the pests away.
And the kids entertained. How good is that, huh?
1. Keep Mosquitoes Away
First off, you can keep mosquitoes away with these simple candles from The Country Chic Cottage:
Or this similar recipe from Bunch of Posies …
2. Mosquito Repellant Spray
Or if you’re going out in the woods and want to keep the mosquitos off try this simple home made spray – with no chemical nasties! – from One Essential Community …
3. Bug Balm
Or if you prefer a balm to a spray, keep mosquitoes and other bugs off your family with this home made balm from Wendy Polisi …
4. Keep Mosquitoes Out Of Garden
And if you struggle with mosquitoes at home, Chasing Foxes has got this handy list of plants that will keep mosquitoes out of your garden …
5. Treat Mosquito Bites
But if you do get bitten, check out my tips for treating mosquito bites effectively but naturally …
Now most of us don’t get stung by wasps as often as we get bitten by mosquitoes do we?
But those wasp stings can be really nasty, can’t they?
And the wasps are guaranteed to send most kids into a panic.
So it’s a good idea to keep them out of the garden.
6. Keep Wasps Out Of Garden
This handy list from Five Spot Green Living covers a bunch of plants you can quickly shove in pots that will deter the wasps …
7. Wasp Repellant Spray
And Vicki at Fivespot Green Living also has a handy recipe for a DIY wasp repellant spray …
8. DIY Wasp Trap
But if you are struggling with wasps in the garden, this simple trap from Prairie Story will help to get rid of them …
9. Keep Ants Out Naturally
Now, nothing is quite guaranteed is it, to ruin your summer morning more than coming down to an army of ants marching through your kitchen?
I still have nightmares about it years later!
But I have found these really simple tips get rid of ants naturally …
10. Treat Sunburn Naturally
Another massive summer challenge is sun burn isn’t it?
Even with sun cream and hats and t-shirts and being careful it CAN still happen.
Particularly on hazy days. Or if you’re super fair skinned like us.
Aloe vera gel is a reliable natural remedy for sun burn.
But a good old fashioned DIY oatmilk bath is a great-to-know summer hack.
For quick, you can just grind some oats in your blender or processor and chuck a couple of table spoons into a tepid bath.
But Keri at Shaken Together Life also has a simple recipe with added lavender and chamomile …
So there you go, a bunch of summer hacks for dealing with summer pests and problems.
But whilst you’re here DO also check out my fave summer hacks for fun with the kids.
11. DIY Garden Hose Sprinkler
This DIY garden hose sprinkler from Housing A Forest is guaranteed to entertain the whole family but can be chucked together in a few minutes without any complicated prior planning …
12. Bubble Snakes
And these bubble snakes are another ridiculously simple hack for summer fun.
We make them every year.
All you need is a plastic bottle, an old sock, an elastic band and some dish liquid bubble mixture.
Just put the bottle and sock together with the elastic band as in the picture. Dip in your bubble mixture and blow through to create enormous bubble snakes.
13. Tic Tac Toe Stones
Another summer hack I love are these tic tac toe stones from Taryn Whiteaker.
Again they’re super simple and a fab way to use that mountain of stones from the beach.
But also give kids a chance to make something the whole family can play with all summer.
14. Natural Paint Brushes
My final summer hack are these lovely natural paintbrushes from Messy Little Monster.
Again, they’re something really simple, kids can make for themselves in their own way and then use.
I really hope these summer hacks help you as much as they have us.
AND you have some fun with the last few.
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