Mosquitoes are a problem in many regions. This page contains mosquito repellent recipes.
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Use Listerine mouthwash in a spray bottle. Spray your chair, blanket, and surrounding area. Mosquitoes stay away.
By grmama from WI
A safe mosquito repellant is 2 ounces of water and 2 ounces of pure vanilla extract. Put in a spray bottle. They "hate" the smell. Make sure you use pure vanilla extract and not imitation vanilla extract.
Mix water and vanilla extract in a spray bottle.
Use equal amounts of pure vanilla and water in a squirt bottle. Works great for children too!
Slice a lime in half and press many cloves all around and on the lime half. When you scatter these around where you are going to eat outside, then it will keep the mosquitoes away. This is also supposed to be useful when put near windows and doors in repelling most pests.
I found this on facebook when one of my friends posted it and put it on my page.
Why not dab a little Vicks on your exposed body parts?
See how the mosquitoes run for their lives?
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By Maddie from Warner Robins, GA
By T&T Grandma07/04/2010
I have not seen any good comments about them as a whole. I have a misquito plant, get them every year. Carry a sprig of that, rub it on you rather than sprays, citronella oil is what it is. You have to get the citronella plant, not just any scented 'mosquito plant."
Does anyone know of a mosquito repellent that consists of beer, Listerine and Epsom salt?
By Maria from San Antonio, TX
I have used this for a while and it works. Use a dryer sheet and rub it on parts that are not covered with clothes. Not only do you keep the bugs off you, you smell good too.
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Does anyone have any mosquito repellant recipes or ideas?
Mix well, spray or wipe on skin, lasts at least 90 minutes as well as DEET. Some claim 5-6 hrs. Apply hourly to be sure! It doesn't smell!
Stores 2 yrs in frige.
NOTE: There is just enough soap to disperse the oil. To be sure of allergies, wipe a dot of oil, and one of the soap on your skin and wait 30 min to be sure no reaction occurs. (07/01/2005)
By Laura Wilson, WNV survivor (Found recipe too late!)
I tried that 2 years ago and it didn't work. They ate me alive! lol
Northern Virginia (07/13/2005)
Single fold vanilla extract, which is generally what one would purchase in the grocery, will have 35% alcohol which is mandated by the FDA. if the bottle says "vanilla flavor" it is not pure vanilla and will not work. Most vanillas on the market have up to 40% sugar which will make you sticky. The best blend I have found so far is to dilute the single fold pure, sugarless vanilla with 50% water so that you will have a blend of 17% alcohol and then spray on exposed skin.
I am curious as to the claims of Mexican vanilla being highly effective as an insect repellent. Within the vanilla industry we are well aware of the fact that Mexican vanilla extracts often carry high levels of residual chemicals and pesticides due to poor farming practices. Perhaps this actually contributes to its effectiveness as a repellent? (07/13/2005)
I'm curious to know if this works for anyone else. (05/17/2006)
By Judy M.
I would like to know what type of plants I can grow that will stop the mosquitoes and also if some one has a recipe that works on them.
Recipe to keep away mosquitoes? Maybe plants or some kind of home remedy? Thanks for any information.
I am trying to find the mixture for a homemade mosquito spray that my neighbor used on us when we were younger.
Does anyone know of a good mosquito repellent? I like homemade ones, I have tried all kinds and used citronella candles.
Has anyone tried the mosquito repellent you wear around your waist? The mosquitoes here are terrible and I'm tempted.
I have a huge mosquito problem. Is there a home remedy for this?
I would like to know how to make a repellent for mosquitoes.