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It is the height of summer here in Florida, and the mosquitoes are out in full force! At dusk, they seem to hover near our patio door, patiently waiting for anyone who opens the door to step outside! My little guy seems to be their biggest target… his sweet, 2 year old skin seems to be their favorite and tiny mosquito bites appear like chicken pox the second he is outside for more than 2 minutes at that time of day!

To keep those pesky mosquitoes away naturally, I have compiled a list of 3 tips and tricks that we use around our home. I don’t like to spray my children or myself with DEET-based repellents, so have found other, less toxic ways to combat the problem. Here are a few of our favorites!

3 Tips on Keeping Mosquitoes Away Naturally

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Eliminate Standing Water Sources

Mosquitoes breed in water, and with heavy rains in FL in the summer, this makes for a terrible combination! If at all possible, drain areas that fill up quickly. Any toys & other items, such as plastic buckets, small wading pools, wagons, etc. should be dumped out at the end of the day after playing so as not to create the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Yes, those sand box & water play table toys are the ideal place for mosquitoes to breed, so remember to dump them out and cover the table or sand box at the end of the day!

Brittanies Thyme Bug Spray

Apply (and Reapply!) a DEET-Free Insect Repellent

Brittanie’s Thyme offers a safe, effective organic bug spray that is derived from essential oils, not toxic chemicals. The Organic Bug Spray provides floral & woodsy scents that create a pleasing aroma for people, yet the bugs hate it! Brittanie’s Thyme does not contain citronella, and will not stain your clothes. They recommend not spraying the bug spray directly on the skin of babies and toddlers under 2 years old. Instead, spray your child’s clothing, stroller, blankets or grass area around them.

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Dress Appropriately

We know it’s hot, but wearing light colored, long-sleeved pants & tops will deter mosquitoes from those areas of your body! Mosquitoes are attracted to dark clothing, so white or other lightly colored clothing are an optimal choice when planning to spend time outdoors hiking, playing and more! In addition, mosquitoes love feet, so opt for socks and shoes whenever possible!

*Brittanie’s Thyme provided samples for review for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

Bug Off – Naturally!

This summer, keep pests and insects away while enjoying the outdoors – naturally, of course! Tiny Green Mom has found the top 3 products that will keep you and your little ones protected from bugs without chemicals or harmful toxins.

ThermaCELL

No lotions or potions needed – ThermaCELL provides an effective, natural way to repel insects that is NOT topical, which parents will greatly appreciate as their kids hit the backyard this summer! Whether you are camping or just enjoying your own patio, the ThermaCELL outdoor lantern is odor-free uses no DEET, and provides a 15 x 15 percent comfort zone. This portable, lightweight lantern is is 98% effective in repelling mosquitoes, no-see-ums, and other annoying pests. The lantern can be carried or hung outside, and gives off twice as much light as previous models, in addition to providing 4 hours of protection from pesky insects with each repellent mat. For more information, visit www.thermacell.com.

Badger SPF30 Anti-Bug Sunscreen

Double-duty! Badger SPF30 Anti-Bug Sunscreen offers superior UVA-UVB Protection AND repels pesky insects! This smart product for the whole family is the perfect way to stay protected from the sun and ward off insects and bugs in one simple step!

This planet-friendly, multi-purpose product contains chemical free Zinc Oxide mineral sunscreen and Deet-free non-toxic bug repellent, combined with Certified Organic ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil and beeswax for smooth application. To keep the bugs from biting, Badger uses organic Citronella, Cedar, Rosemary, Lemongrass, and Geranium essential oils. No toxic chemicals – just pure, natural ingredients. Visit BadgerBalm.com to learn more!

Brittanie’s Thyme

Offering up to five hours of protection after application, Brittanie’s Thyme newly formulated Outdoor Harmony Organic Bug Spray is certified USDA Organic, safe for all ages and biodegradable. It smells fabulous and does not contain citronella, which “Mom” loves! Brittanie’s Thyme recommends that you do not spray directly onto the skin of children under 2 years of age, and instead spray their clothing, strollers, blankets and surrounding grass, as needed. Visit www.brittaniesthyme.com.

*Companies generously provided samples, images and information for this article.*