Lawn Mosquito Spray?

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Q: I have lost my Jerry Baker recipe for a spray to get rid of mosquitos. I used it last year and it was great! It used lemon dish detergent, dog flea detergent, and ammonia. Help me!


A: Bkoehler, I'm don't know Jerry Baker's recipe (although I'm sure it's a good one), but if you enjoy gardening, how about trying to grow your own repellant?

Try planting Thai Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus). It performs double duty-you can use it for cooking and to repel mosquitoes. Thai Lemon Grass contains citronella oil, a natural mosquito repellant. It's the same substance used in the citronella candles you buy, only more effective. Planting stalks around your yard and garden will help naturally repel mosquitoes, but for the best control you can peel back the outer leaves on the stalks and rub the juicy insides directly onto your skin. You can compost whatever you don't use and the stalks grow back quickly. If you want to make a tincture that can be sprayed on, try combining a stalk in the blender with a little bit of alcohol (rubbing or spirits). Transfer the liquid to a spray bottle and store it in the fridge for up to a week. You can find Thai Lemon Grass at most supermarkets and garden centers. It grows in clumps about 15 inches wide and 2 feet high and makes an attractive addition to the garden that really earns its keep!

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By jemjab (Guest Post)
June 10, 20040 found this helpful

Hope this is the recipe you were looking for.
Title: RECIPE #61 Mosquito repel_
> Categories: Garden Servings: 1_
> Lemon scented dish soap and lemon scented ammonia used at equal
> parts with water will be a good repellent for mosquitos._
> 1 teaspoon each to 1 quart water_
> 1 Tablespoon each to 1 gallon water or_
> 1 cup each in a 20 gallon hose end sprayer._
> Spray under leaves and in areas where mosquitos hang out._

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February 2, 20060 found this helpful

Here is another one of Jerry Baker's "tonics"
Bug-be Gone spray


1 teaspoon of citronella essential oil
1 teaspoon of pennyroyal essential oil
1 teaspoon of lavender essential oil
1 teaspoon of rose geranium essential oil
1 cup of isopropyl ( rubbing alcohol )
1 cup of water
Put all of the ingredients into a hand held spray bottle.Shake well and then spray lightly on your clothing,arms and legs, being careful to avoid your eye or open cuts. Reapply this woodsy- smelling spray every hour or so. Keep the bottle sealed up, and you'll have a dynamite bug repellent that will last for up to two years.

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