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Alternative, natural options to store-bought bug spraySubmitted: 07/11/2018
Alternative, natural options to store-bought bug spray
Story By Natalie Cardona

ANTIGO - If you feel like it's extra "buggy" this season...you're not wrong.

The CDC says mosquito-borne illness is on the rise.

We know DEET and other store-bought bug sprays can help keep bugs away with chemicals.

But there are more natural options, too.

"Some waxes and things like that help hold the botanicals to the skin, to the clothing to help it last longer. That is the concern with a lot of the naturals; they do work for like ten minutes. So we are looking for extended period of time here," says Natural Living Market owner Jenni Hayek.

Those botanicals include frankincense, myrrh, and geranium.

A natural option to treat bug bites is a product with clay and activated charcoal that can pull pathogens out from the irritated area.

If you're interested in the Natural Living line of bug spray products, click below.

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