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6 Easy Ways To Keep Bugs Away From Your Family This Spring

By Maria Cook

Bugs are an expected, albeit not always fun, part of spring. But, according to the National Pest Management Association, 2017 is going to be a particularly bad year for mosquitoes and ticks, due to fluctuating weather patterns and particularly warm winters. As kids head outside for the season, it's more important than ever to stock up on products to keep bugs at bay. 

But many commonly used bug sprays are less than great for the environment, and may contain harmful toxins. Never fear! Healthier, environmentally-friendlier products and do-it-yourself techniques exist. Here is a list of six healthy and eco-friendly ways to keep bugs away from your family this spring.

1. Modern bug-repellent candles smell good enough to use indoors

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Citronella fumes are a common backdrop to many outdoor gatherings and camping trips. But gone are the days of slow-burning, barely-effective stinkers. Nowadays, bug-repellent candles smell just as good as any other variety of scented candles--good enough to use indoors as well as out! 

In fact, one brand, called Aromaflage actually started off selling bug-repellent perfume before moving on to candles. The brand boasts all-natural ingredients and beautiful designs that could easily blend into any living room or garden party. 

Another great place to look for unique, pretty, all-natural bug-repellent candles? Etsy! Many sellers who specialize in organic and eco-friendly goods offer handmade candles at reasonable prices.