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Your Diet as Bug Repellent


The bugs have been bad the last two weeks. Really, really bad. Suddenly, mosquitoes, chiggers and everything else seem to be out in full force, at least in my neck of the woods. It’s been downright unpleasant to spend time in the backyard, and my garden is showing it. (Sorry, lovely zucchini and tomato plants. I don’t like looking like a spotted beast.)

I remember at some point people telling me eating bananas would cause mosquitoes to flock to you, so when I saw this article on different foods that would help repel bugs, I was naturally interested.

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  • Bananas 1 of 4
    Bananas
    Some people claim they repel because of vitamin B and 3-octanol, while others claim they attract. Will your daily banana make you taste sweet or keep the pesky mosquitoes away?
  • Tomatoes 2 of 4
    Tomatoes
    People have put tomato juice on bug bites after the fact, but apparently the thiamine in tomatoes can also help keep the bugs at bay.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar 3 of 4
    Apple Cider Vinegar
    Drinking apple cider vinegar could help keep bugs away says the old wives' tale, but even if it doesn't, it's long been used to help with weight loss and treat other ailments.
  • Chiles 4 of 4
    Chiles
    Apparently the capsaicin in chiles and other peppers makes you smell a certain way that bugs don't like. If you like it spicy, you may be in luck.

Continue reading on The Daily Meal to see what else could help repel bugs before they bite.

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