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Old 05-03-2009, 08:19 AM
 
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it's better than a stream of toilet paper hanging out the back of her pants...
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:15 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Anyone had any luck with plants that are supposed to repel mosquito's?
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:37 AM
 
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Anyone had any luck with plants that are supposed to repel mosquito's?
I remember having a big horse apple tree in our yard. (sorry...not sure what the proper name is....unless that's it!) The horse apples are VERY pungent when the skin is pierced....extremely citric and will make your eyes burn if you cut one up closely (learned that in elementary science class ). We would take two or three of them, pierce the skin and hang them around the edges of the patio or put one on the patio table. They have the same effect as citronella candles. (of course this is a tree....and obviously not a quick fix....and they are really not pretty trees for landscaping.)

I know there are other plants but I can't remember right off. I want to say Lantana and Cedar....but I'd need to google that.

RE: the dryer sheets.....they do work. My daughter is extremely sensitive to mosquitoes as well. She would take a dryer sheet and just rub it lightly on her arms and legs and it would help for a short while. She hated Skin So Soft because its oily and she didn't like the smell. It's ok for the beach in Florida for the dang "no-see-ums". UGH! Otherwise, she resorts to store brand repellents. I'll have to suggest the B1 to her.
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:09 AM
 
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Camper here it is! Good ones too! Scratch Lantana....and cedar is even toxic to people so scratch that too. Marigolds! and they do so well here too!


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Old 05-03-2009, 11:30 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Camper here it is! Good ones too! Scratch Lantana....and cedar is even toxic to people so scratch that too. Marigolds! and they do so well here too!


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Thanks wCat! I just found that site too. Already have the marigolds, just need to bring them up closer to where we sit I guess. Been wanting some Rosemary anyway. Thanks!
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Carry a Bounce fabric softener sheet with you in your pocket....they'll leave you alone.
Yeah I got caught wearing one under my hat one time.. someone asked me if I was strange.. LOL.. was tired of getting bit by mosquitos.. and it did appear to work pretty good
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Old 05-12-2009, 03:15 AM
 
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A mosquito bite can be more than an itchy nuisance; in tropical and subtropical countries it could involve the transmission of diseases such as malaria or Dengue fever. Before visiting such places, always consult a doctor and take the usual precautions such as a prescribed course of anti-malaria pills.

To avoid getting bitten in the first place, pack the insect repellant and donít forget to use it, or try the old hunterís trick of taking a daily dose of 100mg vitamin B1 or 300mg brewerís yeast, which some people find helps to ward off mosquitoes and other flying pests. You should notice the benefits after a week, and theyíll continue as long as you take the vitamin.

Also, put up a Purple Martin house in your yard...these birds LOVE misquitos and since all they eat are flying insects, keep things nice in and around the pool area.

I have heard lots of folks SWEAR by Avon Skin So Soft...spray it on and for some reason, bugs don't bite. I don't care for the stuff myself, but then I am not something misquitos really like to munch on anyway.

I was looking to attract purple martins for their taste for mosquitos but regretfully I found this on Purple Martin Conservation Association the purple martin conservation association.
"Martins are not, however, prodigious consumers of mosquitoes as is so often claimed by companies that manufacture martin housing...PMCA headquarters in Edinboro, PA, failed to find a single mosquito among the 500 diet samples collected from parent martins bringing beakfuls of insects to their young. "
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