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Published June 01, 2012, 10:11 PM

Natural herbs can help fight outdoor insect pests

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Now that summer is here many families will spend a good amount of time barbequing and enjoying the outdoors. Pests like mosquitos and gnats can ruin any family get together, but now they don't have to thanks to things you can possibly find right in your backyard.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Now that summer is here many families will spend a good amount of time barbequing and enjoying the outdoors. Pests like mosquitos and gnats can ruin any family get together, but now they don't have to thanks to things you can possibly find right in your backyard.

You can say goodbye to those pesky bugs just by picking up a few extra ingredients all while loading up on your hot dogs and hamburgers.

Eric Baker – Owner, Baker Garden and Gift: “There's definitely natural things, and a lot of the natural repellents you buy off the shelves as far as repellents a lot of them are based off of a natural material we can grow here locally.”

Eric Baker, Owner of Baker Garden and Gift says herbs like lemon sage and rosemary confuse the bugs sensors and will have them flying away for good.

Eric Baker: “Pluck off two or three stems and you know crush them or rub them up between your hands and not only are they going to release oils in the air, but they are going to release oils on your hands and that is going to be and you are going to detract insects just with that.”

This au natural route is so simple all you have to do is buy or grow the herbs then set them in a glass or chop them up and put them next to your grill. The natural herbs won’t only keep the bugs and mosquitos away, all you have to do is pull some off, add it to your food to make for a more flavorful meal.

Eric Baker: “Thyme is an excellent one that people use in marinades, so they might marinate their meat.”

For things like aggressive bees and hornets, it's best to lure them away. You can get something like this wasp trap.

Eric Baker: “Probably do is fill this up with a liquid, and it could be a soda pop, you know something that is going to be sugary, and then crawl up in the center of this guy and then they are kind of locked.”

One thing to remember, anywhere you put the trap bees will come, so make sure to keep it far away from the fun.

Eric Baker: “You want to put it off to the side, you know maybe on the side of the garage where you’re not going to spend a lot of time.”

This summer as you're shopping for new plants or even your favorite barbecue treats, make sure to take a spin in the herb isle to ensure a bug free summer.

Baker says another thing to make sure you have a bug-free summer is keep your yard groomed by picking up pet waste and making sure all garbage is put away.

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