Mosquito Madness

August 6, 2009

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I am sweet, mosquitos love me. This year is especially challenging- I am covered with bites and I am sensitive to them so I scratch and I have scabs and scars–ick. It feels bothersome to put on smelly bug dope to run up to the garden to grab some greens for dinner, but I come back bitten. We have a “mosquito magnet” machine- doesn’t seem to help. I know that the local bat population is crippled by some disease, so they aren’t helping by feasting on the mosquitos and it has been very rainy and wet- an environment for mosquitos to breed in. I don’t like using chemicals like DEET on my skin so as suggested in the GreenerTrends.com blog: I am trying greener bug spray like EcoSmart and Bite Blocker Insect Repellent. They are made from plant oils that are natural repellents for mosquitoes. I am going to make my own: Trying theses recipes from Bellaonline.com.
INSECT REPELLENT SPRITZER

Materials:
lemon peels and/or orange peels
mint leaves and/or pennyroyal leaves and/or sage leaves
rubbing alcohol or witch hazel

Directions:
(Note Do Not use penny royal if you are pregnant or wish to become so.)

Make a strong tea with the peels and the mint leaves. You can use each ingredient separately if you like or combine them to suit your sense of smell. Its best to soak the ingredients over night in a covered pan. The next day strain. Mix the strong herbal tea half and half with either witch hazel or rubbing alcohol and put in a spray bottle. Spray your self down before going outside in the evening.

INSECT REPELLENT OIL

Materials:
Salad oil of any kind (but olive is preferred)
lemon peels and/or orange peels
mint leaves and/or pennyroyal leaves and/or sage leaves
glass jar sterilized
pan to heal oil

Directions:
(Note Do Not use pennyroyal if you are pregnant or wish to become so.)

Place torn leaves and peels packed in a sterilized glass jar. Heat oil to 160 degrees F. Pour over herbal mixture in the jar to completely cover. Place top on, and let sit in a dark place for at least a week. A month is better. Rub this oil on before hikes or out side activities where one might sweat off a spritzer.

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One Response to “Mosquito Madness”


  1. Thanks for the feedback, i’ve posted your Mosquito machines and ideas on our suggestion box


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