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Re: Re: MOSQUITOES


Well, I did all my deadheading in all areas of the garden with a heavy
spritzing of eau de vanilla sprayed on every part of me I could reach.  It's
not a sure-fire cure, but I do believe it helped considerably.  I still had
to deal with some of the more persistent ones, but I noticed others sort of
hovered around me or only lightly set foot on me and then left.

Auralie, thanks.  I'm gonna pick up a bigger bottle of vanilla next time I'm
at the store.  This works about as well as store bought insect repellents
but is cheaper and smells much nicer.  I've never tried the other recipes
like pennyroyal and other herbs because I don't have them.  Vanilla is
always in my cupboard, so it's easy to make.  Nothing stops them completely,
but this is a pretty darned good solution.

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <gardenqueen@academicplanet.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2004 11:42 AM
Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] MOSQUITOES


> I'm fixin' to try it tonight!  Will let you know....
>
> Pam Evans
> Kemp, TX
> zone 8A
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Jesse Bell
> Sent: 7/12/2004 2:49:39 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] MOSQUITOES
>
> > Wow..I've never heard of that either...I've heard that Rosemary and
> > Lavender essential oils, mixed in with some Witch Hazel as a spray will
> > help...but not vanilla. I'm gonna have to try that one. Thanks.
> >
> >
> > Jess
> >
> > Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:
> > I think I suggested this a year or so ago and recieved a very negative
> > response, but
> > here goes again. A teaspoon of pure vanilla extract in half a cup of
water
> > used as a
> > spray will repel mosquitoes. Or more simply, I just dab myself with the
> > straight stuff
> > around my eyes, ears, back of the neck, etc. Since I usually wear long
> > sleeves - I
> > sunburn so badly if I don't - I don't have to worry about arms etc. It
does
> > work, and
> > the smell is pleasant. I am so allergic to most anything that comes in a
> > bottle or tube -
> > can't use most cosmetics at all - that I'm always looking for natural
> > sources.
> > Auralie
> >
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