Although Mother Nature has given us beautiful beaches, lush forests, and awe-inspiring mountains to enjoy, she has also given us mosquitoes, ticks, and a plethora of other bugs that know how to ruin a barbecue or picnic faster than rain. Whether they’re buzzing in our ears or covering our bodies in bites, bugs often spoil our outdoor excursions. Aside from being a nuisance, bugs also carry a host of diseases that can be either debilitating or life-threatening. Thankfully, Mother Nature has also given us foods that we can eat to repel bugs.Garlic is perhaps the best known, but surprisingly, there is anecdotal evidence that chilies also ward off bugs. While some of the foods that are supposed to help repel bugs are pleasant tasting like tomatoes, others are less appealing like Marmite, the salty British spread made from yeast extract that is also known as Vegemite in Australia.
Originally published 8/12/11