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Homemade Mosquito Spray (?)

LuvMaerz's picture

I just received a forward from a friend.  I am not the type to pass this kind of stuff on, but if the info is true it could be very helpful indeed in the coming months!  A bottle of Listerine and a cheap spray bottle... I will give it a try!

I was at a deck party awhile back, and the bugs were having a ball biting everyone. A man at the party sprayed the lawn and deck floor with Listerine, and the little demons disappeared. The next year I filled a 4-ounce spray bottle and used it around my seat whenever I saw mosquitoes. And voila! That worked as well. It worked at a picnic where we sprayed the area around the food table, the children's swing area, and the standing water nearby. During the summer, I don't leave home without it.....Pass it on.

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How funny, that there's a mosquito trap ad on this page when I was reading it!!!

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A friend had ants in her house and used the Listerine in her house and got rid of the pesky ants. I had already used a pesticide of some kind when she told me this. So if they come back im ready.

LuvMaerz's picture
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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

The ants have been HORRIBLE this year!  I have never had an issue with them before.   I have been meaning to get some Listerine to try this, but haven't yet.  In our area, the "buffalo gnats" are what are really bad.  They bite you and you swell up like crazy.  Supposedly vanilla extract repells them, but I don't think it works.

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GOD BLESS YOU I have seen this tip a lot of places lately but have never been able to find out if there is a dilution or if it is used full strength.  Are there any ants after the sugar or am i borrowing trouble.???

lillyofthevalley's picture
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I will have to try it.  Down here they are horrible.  We have a screened in back porch...but, the door isn't as flush as it should be so they still get in.  During the summer/fall months I turn it into a outdoor living room.  We listen to our radio programs and run the fans out there.  So I will have to try far I haven't found any of those candles that work and off is great...but, who wants the smell on them all the time?  Plus, I am not totally convinced it is safe for our daughter.


"He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea." - Micah 7:19

Stay at home wife and mommy!

LuvMaerz's picture
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"Aspire to inspire before you expire"

I hear you!  I remember several years ago seeing a program on Dateline NBC or something about people who died from the DEET in most bug sprays.  Very scary.  I was scared to use it when pregnant, and it makes me nervous to use it on the kids.  I recently read that if you just spray their shoes, socks, and clothing, then let it dry before you put it on them, it is supposed to be very effective and you don't have to worry as much about it on their skin.

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I'll pass this along to Rachel...mosquitos generally leave me alone, but they feast on her....

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