Jennifer found a sweet-smelling way to keep the sandbox bugs away:
My son loves playing in the sandbox, but tons of little bugs get in the sand. I keep a cover on it when he’s not using it, but critters still get in.
I wanted to get rid of them, but didn’t want to use an insecticide for obvious reasons. I had heard that cinnamon works as a bug repellent, so I bought a big container of cinnamon at Costco and sprinkled the whole thing all over the sand. The next day — hardly a little bug in sight, whereas the day before they were EVERYWHERE.
This is the SECOND time I’ve done this and had success (we refreshed his sand not too long ago, and without the cinnamon in the fresh sand the bugs were back. Add cinnamon – next day, no more bugs.) And the bonus: he comes out of the sandbox smelling like a cinnamon bun!
I’m wondering if mixing the cinnamon into the sand makes sense — I imagine cinnamon oil could irritate a kid’s eyes and nose.