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Summer’s here and I’m ready to head outdoors — to hike, attend music festivals, and ride a bike around. I definitely plan to sit on a few porches and simply appreciate the green leaves and sunshine. What I don’t look forward to are the blood-thirsty mosquitoes and the exasperating nearly-invisible gnats that aim right for my ears when I’m trying to enjoy the long days. Don’t even get me started with my fear of ticks. (I’ve gotten them on me but never in my skin, and I’m always reading up on how to remove a tick in case the worst happens.)

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