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Surround Yourself with Lavender

This fragrant plant does triple duty by fending off mosquitoes, moths and flies. Plant it around your garden so the aroma hangs in the air. But get the full defensive benefit by rubbing it on your skin or using lavender essential oil instead of bug spray. It also masks your body's natural scents—which is what the pests are attracted to in the first place.

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Wear Light Colors

Sunrise and sunset are peak feeding times for the little buggers, but that's no reason to banish yourself inside. Dark colors stand out to mosquitoes when looking for food sources, but light colors appear less attractive to them, since they look for colors that contrast with the horizon line. Turns out there's a good reason for all those summer whites after all.

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Be Gone, Bugs

Nothing ruins a summer night quite like a swarm of mosquitoes descending on your porch. And while fancy products make big promises, experts chalk up these solutions a lot of times to good marketing. Before you pick up the DEET, try one of these five chemical-free methods instead.

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Under Armour Ignite Finisher VII

Keep your gym shoes pristine and rock these sandals from Under Armour ($34.99; underarmour.com) pre- and post-workout instead. Don't sweat it—you can thank us later.

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adidas Women's Training Superclous Plus Flip-Flops

We're not exactly sure where these have been hiding, but we're so happy they stumbled into our lives. These Supercloud flip-flops ($35; adidas.com) are water-resistant, which means they're now a staple in our beach bags.

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