October 29, 2010
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May 14, 2005
February 27, 2009
I’ve used the regular Listerine as bug repellant in an area where I was working with some Scouts. Worked very well. I know that if you “Snopes” it, they say it doesn’t work, but it did for me. Now the one instruction I had was to use just the plain Listerine or it’s generic equivalent, and not any of the “flavored” ones. I don’t know why that is as I haven’t tried anything else to see if it worked.
I didn’t spray this on the people, I sprayed it in the air around the perimeter where we were working. It was a grassy area at twilight, so that’s prime bug time. And the location was in Georgia in the summer (read hot, humid and buggy). So if it worked then and there, it should work everywhere. You do have to keep respraying it about every hour or so.
Oh, and it worked not only on mosquitoes, but on gnats and other pests too.
August 30, 2010
I have a spray bottle of Listerene by the back door and spray it liberally on me (areas of exposed skin) and rub it in and spray some in my hands and rub it on my face and neck when I go out to mow or work in the yard. It works for me! Oh and in the heat if there is even a slight breeze, it has a nice cooling effect.
April 14, 2011
October 29, 2010
I tried the Listerine while camping on Cape Cod. There were a lot of mosquitos and gnats and it really didn't work well for us. I found a recipe online since I posted for 1 part lavender oil, 10 parts rubbing alcohol and 20 parts water. I mixed and applied this and it seemed to help! I did get a few bites but not as many as I normally would. I also saw somewhere that eucalyptus oil was good for repelling insects. I'll have to look into this more. With natural repellant you need to apply more often than you would with deet or other chemicals. Thank you for your replies!
April 20, 2011
I just made some this week and while it *seems* to be working well so far, I'll need some more time (and mosquitoes) to tell for sure…
I used about 1/4c each of witch hazel & apple cider vinegar (unpasteurized…not sure if it makes a difference for this use) and a small glug of vodka. To that, I added 4 or so drops each of lemongrass, eucalyptus, cedar and lavender essential oils. I got bitten once or twice last night while we were outside, but didn't notice mosquitoes swarming around me like I would have expected. We'll see how it works out in the long run…
The bites I did get haven't been bothersome, but I did read that a drop or two of lavender essential oil on 'skeeter bites was supposed to help take the itch out.
February 10, 2009
No mosquitoes here yet…but I'm going to try LemonGrass essential oil this year. Catnip is also supposed to be 10 times better than deet.
But what do you use to keep the cats away?
For mosquito repellent, I just get Citronella essential oil and put a few drops on a kerchief around my neck, or a drop or two on an out of the way place on my clothing or even some on my skin, but it's very strong and can irritate so if you have sensitive skin be careful. I suppose mixing it with some alcohol or even water and spritzing it could work, but I've never done that.
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April 20, 2011
I will add to my last post that I've noticed people on other forums saying that if you want to get bees to inhabit the new beehive you've made, you should put some lemongrass oil on it. I suppose it's no coincidence that one of the 'new' honeybees (we agreed to let a local beekeeper set his hives up on our property, with payment in honey..woot!) was very interested in my legs, which had the insect repellant all over them. lol Didn't take long for them to decide there wasn't anything edible there though.
cindi, can you point me in the direction of those other forums…as that could help answer a question I had in another topic of getting bees to move from a tree in my neighbors yard…
and maybe then the LG EO wouldn't be such a good idea to try here for mosquitos!
“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.” ― Alfred Sheinwold
April 20, 2011
Cindy, I'm pretty sure it was on the old forum that used to exist for followers of the Cold Antler Farm blog, but I'm having problems finding it now. Not sure if it's gone from existence now that there's a facebook group? sigh…
There are two other sites that we'd been looking into, when we were wanting to have our own bees, but they've kind of fallen by the wayside since we now have bees, but they're not ours. :-/
Both sites have forums, though with our leaning being toward doing things 'naturally', we're fonder of the former.
September 2, 2008
February 6, 2011
Did you know there is a plant called a mosquito plant? It's a citronella-type plant, maybe a geranium, that has pretty flowers and smells like citronella/ citrus. My husband loves the smell, so do I. I would think that breaking off a leaf and crushing it and rubbing it on clothing would help. There again, we don't have many mosquitos here, so I haven't had occasion to try it.
March 3, 2010
We made some repellant. It is supposed to be good for mosquitos, ticks and flies. It is:
1 tsp. real vanilla extract:1 c. water
Our kids put some in a spray bottle and love it for the scent, spray factor, and they have gotten less ticks crawling on them and attaching lately. I think last time they only had 2 between the 3 of them. Once (without the spray) the youngest had up to 14. They usually get many on them when they go out to see the animals. The mosquitos have just lately increased in numbers, so we are doing ongoing research on this one…
November 9, 2010
LK OH MY up to 14 on one kid?? Or is that all 3? Either way my skin would be crawling, I hate those little blood suckers! I found one in my daughters ear canal…That was fun having to put out!
I don't really have anything else to add as I am all about the commercial spray when it comes to though, I would love to find something healthier for the kids.
"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." ~Mark Twain
February 3, 2010
This might be helpful http://littlehouseinthesuburbs.com/2009/06/make-your-own-insect-repellent.html I tried to find this awhile back and couldn't find it on the blog but now it is listed on the sidebar. I guess 'tis the season.
I'm looking forward to Suzanne's post though because the one on “little house in the suburbs” seems a little light on information. Of course, it may not be rocket science, either.
It also looks as if my link didn't really link. My apologies, but if it didn't, I really don't know what to do about that.
Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long. Ogden Nash
March 3, 2010
Yep, one kid, and a small one at that! Like any boy, he gets everywhere and so they find him. He must taste good.
I don't like touching them unless I absolutely HAVE to and then I squirm for a long time after they are gone. Ick, Ick, ICK!
I liked that I can feel totally comfortable putting the vanilla mixture on a baby.
Lavenderblue, the link worked for me!
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