Whether you are simply enjoying your own backyard, getting some gardening done, or out on a beach vacation, keeping bugs at bay is one way to ensure you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy while taking in the great outdoors. Mosquitoes and ticks can carry harmful diseases. According the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there’s been a 3.5-fold increase in vector-borne diseases in the U.S. from 2004-2016, with 76 percent of cases caused by tick-borne pathogens. Using bug sprays, burning citronella candles and embracing the power of essential oils can help you keep these nuisance critters away. Essential oils like geranium, rosemary, lavender, lemongrass and eucalyptus can help prevent ticks and repel mosquitos. To apply essential oils to skin, add a few drops to a carrier oil (like coconut, jojoba or olive oil) or an unscented lotion and slather it on for an easy way to add bug protection to your daily wellness routine.