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Practical Plants - Insect Repellent
 

 

Flies, mosquitoes, ticks and other insects are not only a nuisance for humans in the wild, but they also transmit diseases and are potentially dangerous. There are a variety of insect repellents you can prepare from a number of different plants. Browse the list for the technique that is easiest with the resources you have. If you are already bitten, check out the Medicinal Plants page for remedies.

 

 
  Protecting your camp area  
 

Common Cattail:
Burning the brown cattail heads in your camp area will keep insects away.

   
  Protecting your shelter  
 

Black Locust:
Mix foliage and sugar to attract and kill flies.

Sassafras:
Place leaves in your shelter to keep insects away.

   
  Protecting your body  
 

Birch:
Oil extracted from the bark will repel insects.

   
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