Natural Sand Fly Repellent

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Sand flies are bloodsucking insects typically found in sandy areas. While they are generally harmless, their bites can turn into skin irritations or become itchy bumps. In extreme cases, they transmit serious diseases. Apply natural substances to repel their unwanted advances.

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Herbs and Spices

Aromatic herbs and spices are very effective in repelling insects. Essential oils from peppermint and cinnamon can be diluted in a carrier oil and worn as an insect repellent.

Citrus

Orange and lemon peels contain citrus oil. Apart from being repellent, this natural substance can kill flying and crawling insects upon contact. Lemon balm ointment also is effective at repelling sand flies.

Other Foods

Being in the presence of foods such as peppers and garlic sometimes is sufficient in fending off insects such as sand flies. The acidity in vinegar also is effective.

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