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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.
Use equal amounts of pure vanilla and water in a squirt bottle. Works great for children too!
By Holly Haynes
To control mosquitoes in your yard, add 8 oz. of baby shampoo and 1 12 oz. can of beer to a 20 oz. hose-end sprayer. Spray the lawn, shrubs, areas near the house where people gather or children play. This will last several days if it doesn't rain.
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Does anyone know of a mosquito repellent that consists of beer, Listerine and Epsom salt?
By maria from San Antonio, TX
louel53 has obviously never tried a home remedy, and he can pollute his body with harmful chemicals like Deet all he wants, but I use essential oils to repel ticks and mosquitos. Lemon euculyptus, lemongrass, and geranium in a carier oil works great. deet doesn't even work well. It has to cover every part of your skin. A mosquito will bite right next to skin covered in Deet!
Which are the best mosquito repellent wristbands in the market?
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By maddie from Warner Robins, GA
I have not seen any good comments about them as a whole. I have a misquito plant, get them every year.
This is a page about sulfur mosquito repellent. Sulfur powder from a pharmacy may deter mosquitos from biting.
Rather than use chemical based commercial insect repellent products try making your own natural ones. This is a page about natural mosquito repellent recipes.
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Has anyone tried the mosquito repellent you wear around your waist? The mosquitoes here are terrible and I'm tempted. It's a small unit they're selling for $8.99 at the grocery store with a replaceable repellent. I'm skeptical about whether it would keep mosquitoes from biting your ankles! Let me know if you have experience with it.
By Liz from MD
We use Bounce dryer sheets. Place one sticking out of your pockets and one out the back of your collar or top of socks, it seems to work great for us! (06/16/2009)
I did just read a report that they were a waste of money. We were told about the use of regular Listerine, keep some in a small sprayer, and spray on hems of clothing, also on wrists, ankles, etc. So far it has proved better than any of the spray chemicals, and we are not even going to try the expensive "new" stuff. (06/17/2009)
We use the patch "Don't Bite Me". They can be ordered from dontbitemepatch.com. My husband wears it every time he gardens. It is good for a long time. He only changes it every few days. No smell, no mess. Hope this helps. (06/17/2009)
By Rita Murray
Yes, I have tried it and it really works. I walk at our state park in the evenings and the mosquitoes there are thick. I've been wearing one for about 2 weeks and have not had a single bite and they usually love me more than anyone else around. Go for it, its worth it. (06/23/2009)
I would use amber colored Listerine first, and it is also a great antibacterial spray and surface cleaner, as you can see I am a great fan of Listerine for its many uses. Mosquitoes seem to hate it. I would not believe that the mosquitoes around here would even think twice about a wrist band. They are kind of voracious!
Blessings, Robyn (04/15/2010)
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Tammy from Florida
Everywhere I ever lived we were cursed with mosquitoes, black flies etc. But then we moved again and it wasn't very long when we realized, we never ever had so much as one fly of any kind. Come to find out why, Salt water. Was the best 6 years ever, sure miss that salt water air now. But obviously they must not like salt water. (05/03/2008)
I can vouch for the post by Marty that Vanilla extract (used on your pulse points) is a good way to repel mosquitoes. You do have to reapply (though I've had mine on for hours because of little to no perspiring). I have used imitation before with good results. (05/04/2008)
I read that amber colored Listerine sprayed outside in the area where you are sitting, will keep mosquitoes away up to two days. I haven't had any mosquitoes to try it on yet, but it is sitting in a spray bottle on my deck,ready to go. This information was sent to me in an email, I don't know where they got the information. (05/05/2008)
I found this one while researching recipes for cleaning products, I'll be trying it this weekend!
Mosquito Deterrent recipe
Submitted to Recipe Goldmine by Barbara Louise - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Source: a gardening forum
Put some water in a white dinner plate and add just a couple of drops of Lemon Fresh Joy dish washing soap. Set the dish on a porch or patio. Not sure what attracts them, the lemon smell, the white color, or what, but mosquitoes flock to it, and drop dead, or fall into the water, or on the floor within about 10 feet. Works just super!
Listerine is a great mosquito repellent. Spray it around outside where you'll be sitting (about 15-30 min prior).
Also rub on skin, it really works. (05/08/2008)
Try Neem Oil. It's organic and it works. (05/08/2008)
Don't eat bananas during mosquito season. Mosquitoes love banana flavored skin. (06/01/2008)
Hi, I heard about garlic pills and tried them this year. The first time I went out, I got 4 bites. It does not work for me. (06/01/2008)
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I heard of a plant called Lemon Balm that really works. Heather (07/01/2008)
I use original Listerine (the amber colored liquid) on myself and my family whenever we are out, and so far no bites at all. It cost me about 3.00 for a bottle of the generic brand and I put it into some smaller squirt bottles. Just spray on your exposed skin and they stay completely away. (07/02/2008)
To make mosquito repellent mix 3 cups rubbing alcohol, 1 1/2 cups red cedar wood shavings, and 1/2 cup eucalyptus leaves.
Does anyone have any mosquito repellant recipes or ideas?