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Bugs, Bugs and More Bugs!

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-It's that time of the year again when the kids are almost out of school and play outdoors.

But you're kids aren't the only ones possibly in your yard.

We all when it's muggy and hot, you start to see more critters.

Many folks in the Corridor told CBS2 news that they use vanilla extract and bug soother.

"It's that wonderful sound that says summer is here," the Nature Center Education Facilitator Jan Aiels said.

A season when you have to be mindful about what you wear and eat to prevent bug bites.

But a mom of two said she sprays this bug soother on her kiddos before they head out the door.

"It really helps with the gnats to keep them away," Brooke Linn said. "I even carry it in my purse."

A method that she said lasts all summer.

Marion Fareway Store Manager James Riley said that bug soother has been selling off their shelves.

"It amazed me how much we sold the bug soother on Saturday. This is probably selling off from 60 to 1 cases at least," he said.

A product that Riley said he stocks more than once a week to keep up with sales.

An ingredient that Jan said bugs hate.

"All it takes is that vanilla extract," Aiels said.

She also said putting on layers of clothing or wearing a head net when you are in the garden will help keep the bugs off your back.

It's advisable to not wear perfumes, hairsprays or the color blue as those items attract the bugs.

You can plan an electric fan outside on your patio to keep the insects away.

Aiels said there are always more gnats in May and June.

They'll soon go away but this summer you will have to fight off more than just gnats.

One of the long lived insects are returning to the corridor: The black and red 17-year-old cicada.

"They use muscles inside their abdomen to create the sound and their wings get funnled up into the air like a megaphone to amplify that sound," Aiels said.

A large wasp will also be flying around this summer.

They capture and eat the cicadas.

Rest assured, both the cicadas and large wasps are not harmful to humans.

"Start running a sprinkler in that part of the yard and they'll move on," Aiels said.

 
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