Insects such as mosquitoes, fleas, and wasps have always been a major drawback of the summer months, but knowing how diseases such as Zika proliferate in hot vacation spots raises the stakes. Though Zika isn't in the headlines as it once was, it's worth remembering that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracked that mosquito-borne disease — linked to birth defects and potentially fatal neurological disorders — to Gulf Coast states including Florida and Texas as well as to U.S. territories including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.
Slathering skin with chemical-laden products isn't the only alternative to risking disease. There are simple and cheap ways to repel bugs naturally. Use these tips and DIY antidotes to minimize the ick factor this season.