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Simple Mint Insect Repellant

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I stopped using chemical sprays to get rid of bugs when I found that mint works just the same. It's very effective and super cheap. Here are a couple ways to use mint as an insect repellant.

Boil a bunch of mint leaves with a few orange peels in some water and let it sit over night. Strain the next day and mix with equal parts rubbing alcohol. Pour in spray bottle. This is my favorite easy-to-make, natural insect repellant.

Crush some dried mint leaves and put in little sachets in your kitchen cupboards. They will deter pantry moths. They also work against small rodents and ants. You can also just use mint teabags!

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By attosa from Los Angeles, CA

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Anonymous
September 21, 20120 found this helpful

Will this work for annoying flies?

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September 21, 20120 found this helpful

Will the mint insect repellant also work for annoying flies?

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September 21, 20120 found this helpful

Yes! Mint works on flies - also try basil. Works wonders on them :)

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September 22, 20120 found this helpful

This year I placed my Basil plant in the middle of all my other vegetable plants that I had in containers. IT worked - no bugs. I like the idea of using mint leaves and I will try it on the inside of my house. I have spiders that just don't want to go away I hope mint is the answer.

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Anonymous
September 23, 20120 found this helpful

Mint is so easy to grow and there are very many various flovours, but they must be grown in containers.

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May 12, 20170 found this helpful

Mint is an invasive plant so if you don't grow it in a container it can and will spread throughout your yard. I'd rather grow mint than grass in my yard.

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September 28, 20120 found this helpful

Is this something to spray on yourself to repel, or on things...?

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May 16, 20170 found this helpful

Same question as above!

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May 19, 20170 found this helpful

I'm sure you could use it both ways. Let us know how it works out if you try it.

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September 28, 20120 found this helpful

The spray is for your body, yes :) I use the dry mint leaves for 'things' - works great!

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May 12, 20170 found this helpful

HI SOUNDS GREAT TO ME, MY DAUGHTER IS PLAGUED BY FLIES WILL TELL HER IT MIGHT WORK. WILL CERTAINLY GIVE IT A GO. THANKS

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