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What can I put in campfire to keep bugs away?
Last Updated: 29th January, 2020
- Mosquitoes hate herbs like lavender, mint, lemon balm, sage, and of course, citronella. Toss a few branches of herbs fresh or dry into the fire and what smells heavenly to you, will send bugs packing!
- For an extra line of defense, you could also spritz on this all-natural bug repellent that really works!
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Consequently, does a campfire keep bugs away?
Bugs. Smoke is a natural insect repellent, but there are also a few things you can add to your blazing fire to make it even more effective. Sage isn't just good for cooking; burning a bundle of it can help keep insects away, and it has a pleasant smell, too.
Also Know, do bugs hate smoke? Mosquitoes aren't actually repelled by smoke. They are repelled by burning citronella oil. Citronella contains certain chemicals that naturally repel the dengue fever mosquito. All insects have a mortal fear of smoke because it is a harbinger of flames and flames - for an insect - means instant death.
Besides, does adding sage or rosemary to a campfire keep bugs away?
Sage and Rosemary If you're planning to gather around a fire, try burning a little sage or rosemary. The incense these plants give off when they burn not only smells good but is unpleasant enough to most species of insects that it'll repel them—as long as you're near the smoke.
What smells do mosquitoes hate?
Oranges, lemons, lavender, basil and catnip naturally produce oils that repel mosquitoes and are generally pleasant to the nose – unless you're of the feline persuasion. Their bitter citrusy smell is one that mosquitoes tend to avoid unless they're really hungry.