Pests (Book Four, Card 6)

Sometime Native Americans made their own mosquitoes net that were made with the help of pine boughs and sticks. Creating unique repellents, employing specialized herbs, rubbing mud on their skin, living in mosquito-free places, and blazing Smokey campfires were all ways that natives dealt with pests. Sweetgrass is a holy herb in Native American culture that has been used for centuries. It was also utilized as incense in purifying rituals, according to scholars. Natives have long understood that the plant’s scent deters biting insects, and they used it to coat themselves and their homes. To protect oneself from mosquitos, Native Americans would smear mud all over themselves. Mosquitos’ “beaks” have a tougher difficulty penetrating the mud, and they dislike the odour.