Insects such as mosquitoes, fleas, and wasps have always been a major drawback of the summer months, and with many people opting out of summer getaways to stay home, it won't be easy escaping critters in your own backyard. An invasive pest identified as the spotted lanternfly has been seen in New Jersey and other parts of the country. According to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the spotted lanternfly can "feed on — and kill — about 70 different types of vegetation or trees." Authorities have advised people to dispose of the insects by squashing them or using circle traps (available for free at nature centers) to trap, seal, and dispose of them.
There are also simple and cheap ways to repel bugs naturally. Use these tips and DIY antidotes to minimize the ouch factor this season. (If all else fails, We Tried 4 Bug Sprays and This Is the Best.)
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