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Although they bother you, insects like mosquitos and flies are an important part of your backyard ecosystem. Many sprays that contain chemicals are designed to exterminate, rather than repel, pests—and they can be dangerous to children, pets, and soil nutrients. The next time you gear up for a camping trip (or want to enjoy dinner on the patio without being eaten alive), consider one of these natural insect repellents instead. You’ll be surprised just how many products are on the market!

Read the full article by Jenny Krane on Better Homes & Garden's website here.

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