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got this in an email from dear mil. :D thought it might help.

OK, mosquitos...prepare to be repelled!!!!!
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> > > Use Bounce Fabric Softener Sheets...Best thing ever used in
> > > Louisiana..just wipe on & go...Great for Babies
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> > > Bob, a fisherman, takes one vitaimin B-1 tablet a day
> > > April through October . He said it works. He was right.
> > > The odor the tablet gives out through your skin
> > > (YOU can not smell it) repels mosquitos, black flies,
> > > and gnats. It does not work on stinging insects.
> > > Hasn't had a mosquito bit in 33 years. Try it.
> > > It works for every one he has talked into trying it.
> > > Vitamin B-1( Thiamine Hydrochloride 100 mg.)
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> > > Kenn said NPR reports that if you eat bananas,
> > > the mosquitos like you, something about the banana oil
> > > as your body processes it. (Maybe they need the potassium too)
> > > Stop eating bananas for the summer, and the mosquitos
> > > will be much less interested.
> > >
> > > This is going to floor you, but one of the best
> > > insect repellents someone found (who is in the woods
> > > every day), is Vick's Vaporub.
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> > > Plant marigolds around the yard, the flowers give off
> > > a smell that bugs do not like,
> > > so plant some in that garden also to help ward
> > > off bugs without using insecticides.
> > >
> > > "Tough guy" Marines who spend a great deal of time
> > > "camping out" say that the very best mosquito
> > > repellant you can use is
> > > Avon Skin-So-Soft bath oil mixed about
> > > half and half with alcohol.
> > >
> > > mix your own:
> > > 20 drops Eucalyptus oil
> > > 20 drops Cedarwood oil
> > > 10 drops Tea Tree oil
> > > 10 drops Geranium oil
> > > 2 oz. carrier oil ( such as Jojoba )
> > > Mix together in a 4 oz. container. Apply to skin as
> > > needed avoiding the eye area. Keep out of reach
> > > of children. Test on a small area of skin for sensitivities .
> > > Experiment with different percentages of essential oil
> > >
> > > from Sharon:
> > > One of the best natural insect repellents that I've discovered
> > > is made from the clear real vanilla (not the grocery store
> > > vanilla extract which is mostly alcohol). This is the pure
> > > vanilla that is sold in Mexico. It's cheap there if you know
> > > of someone that lives there or in the US close to the border.
> > > If not, health food stores usually carry it or can order it
> > > for you. I use it half vanilla and half water and find
> > > that it works great for mosquitoes and ticks,
> > > don't know about other insects.
> > > when all else fails--get a frog
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Thanks Misty! My inlaws use clear Vanilla for mosquitos and they swear it works. They have lots of animals and a huge garden and are outside a lot and they never have a problem with mosquitos when they use it. We pick it up at the flea market for $4.50 for a big bottle.
 

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About the vanilla, do they mix it with water and spray it on or what??? I would try that one.

Also, last year I planted marigolds in between tomato plants, and didnt even get one worm or bug eating them, just a few brave birds.
 

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Great tips. Thank you for posting this. I do not want to put stuff with Deet in it on my babies and we have black flies *and* mosquitoes. I am always looking for natural solutions.

:)
 
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