Predacious, pesky insects that roam the cool evening hours, driven by their insatiable appetite, preying on vulnerable gardeners they can suck the life out of, mosquitoes leave behind their signature: ugly, itchy bumps.
Annoying as they are, mosquitoes do serve a vital role: dinner for bats. Bats are a very important part of agriculture, horticulture, and pest control. Bats provide organic fertilizer for crops and other plants, pollination, and pest control in our backyards. (For more on bats, check out one of my earlier bat posts.)
Vital as mosquitoes may be to the ecosystem, it makes them no less bothersome for us humans. So, I was glad to hear about a natural, homemade mosquito (and fly) repellent my neighbor, Pete, heard about, and now makes and uses.
I’ve since made the concoction and tried it, but only a few times. The few times I’ve tried the spray, I’ve not had adequate exposure to mosquitoes to give a thorough opinion. (I’m actually looking forward to a heavy population of mosquitoes so I can continue my little experiment.)
What I can say is, after an application of this spray, on two separate occasions, I watched a mosquito fly near my arm. I was quite impressed with the affect the spray seemed to have on the mosquito. As determined as it was, it seemed a virtually impossible task for it to land and dine. It never did succeed, which was incredible to witness.
I’m looking forward to putting this natural, homemade mosquito (and fly) repellent spray into more use so that I can speak with greater conviction of its effectiveness. Until then, you may also want to try it for yourself.
Here’s how you make it.
- Pure Vanilla Extract (not imitation)
- Mix 1 part pure vanilla extract and 1 part water into a spray bottle.
- Shake well.
- Spray mixture onto your skin.
A Few Things To Consider:
- The mixture is a VERY dark brown color, and might stain clothing. I’ve not tested it to say for sure, so you might use caution if you’re wearing something nice.
- As with many natural sprays, the effectiveness of a single application may not last long.
- Unlike the strong-smelling, chemical spray-ons, this one smells like, well… VANILLA!
What about you? Do you use any natural, homemade mosquito repellents like this one?PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.