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It is not boric acid, it is an organic one

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8/9/14 12:37 A

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If the powder was boric acid, try mixing in a little sugar so they'll eat it. That worked wonders for me when I used to live in apartments.

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8/7/14 11:44 P

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I put a power down that would kill them but is not harmful to animals or humans and they just walked around it. I have to figure out how they are coming in and get rid of them somehow emoticon

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Ants supposedly don't like chalk and won't cross a chalk line, so if you can figure where they are coming in at, you can draw some chalk lines to try and keep them out - on the foundation, stoop, etc.

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Don't have mice but do have crazy ants that somehow are getting in and not sure what they are after.

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Peppermint will also repel mice. If you have a problem with mice invading your home/garage etc., soak a cotton ball with peppermint oil and place is in a small jar or dish near where they may be getting in. It drives them away.

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Here's a link to the savings experiment episode that tells about lemon eucalyptus spray, citrus peels, and using a candle warmer to repel bugs, so you can bookmark that website if you want to. Other essential oils that repel mosquitoes are lemongrass, cedarwood, and peppermint. I added a bit of peppermint oil to my last batch of catnip spray. Haven't tested them in the back of my yard yet where they mosquitoes are the worst, but will do so in the next day or two.
Most formulas say use half water, half witch hazel, and then the essential oil drops. You can mix and match the drops for a different scent. And you can use more drops of oil if you want a stronger scent. And they DO smell great.

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As effective as DEET? That's amazing. And these do sound pleasant in their own right. I want to save the page, too.
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For any of these, you can always make them stronger by reducing the amount of water you add (mosquitoes at the garden plots are really ferocious now so I am doubling the strength to see if it helps more).
For the catnip one, it should probably be kept in the refrigerator, and the more leaves you use, the stronger the concentration, which means it probably will repel bugs better. I took the first batch, picked more catnip, simmered the woody stems in the original solution for awhile, then added the fresh leaves and tender stems after chopping them up (I put them in a blender with some of the original spray), then let it steep until cool. I wasn't bitten using the original one on my patio, but it was still early in the evening so not sure if that was the reason I was left alone. Will try it when I go to the back of my yard, where the mosquitoes attack any time you go there since it is shady, which should be a good test.



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I just have to remember to mark the bottles so that I know what is in them emoticon

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I mix a few drops of lavender oil with water in a 2 oz spray bottle. That way its small enough to carry in my purse and almost always have it with me. It also mkake a great perfume spray.

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7/26/14 11:35 P

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do a copy and paste to word, plus you can bookmark the page that she got it. Just click on the link and then save that page.

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All of these sound really simple and i do not like using deet as it has side effects, I think I would like the one with lavender as I love that fragrance

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I wish there was a way to save this post...great ideas! emoticon

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Thanks since they seem to like tasting me all the time.

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Catnip mosquito spray

The Savings Experiment video said this is actually 10 times more effective than deet. However, they didn't say how much catnip to use. I guessed you use 1 part chopped catnip to 1 or 2 parts water. Made my first batch and will see how it works.
You use the leaves, flowers, and stems, but you should make sure to only use green leaves and just the tender stems and not woody ones as you have to chop them up in a food processor. Brown leaves means the spray will be brown (which is what happened to me).

Take a large bunch of catnip leaves, stems, and cut up, then put in food processor to chop finer. Add to 2 cups boiling water, remove from heat, cover and let steep. Strain (I used a strainer first, then strained again through a coffee filter to remove any fine seeds or other organic matter that could clog the spray head), cool in refrigerator, then pour in spray bottle.

The batch I made smelled a bit like mint tea, and I really couldn't smell it on my skin. And I let the whole mixture cool first before straining, so it would be stronger. Also squeezed the catnip to get more liquid out, then added the solids to my compost bin.

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Lavendar Vanilla mosquito spray

For a 16 ounce spray bottle, add 15 drops lavendar oil, 3 to 4 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1/4 cup lemon juice. Fill with water and shake to mix. Smells great too!

If using a smaller or larger bottle, just adjust the ingredients accordingly.

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Lemon Eucalyptus mosquito spray

The CDC says that Lemon Eucalyptus oil is as effective as Deet in repelling mosquitos.

For a 16 ounce spray bottle, fill half full with water, add 50 drops of lemon eucalyptus oil, then fill the rest of the way with witch hazel. Shake.

Smells good too!

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Have come across several mosquito repellant recipes that don't use lots of chemicals.

First one is just take citrus peels and rub them on your skin. The video showed them rubbing the white part, but I figure the oils are actually located on the outside and that should be more effective. You can also squeeze the peels over your skin to release these oils too.

Catnip also is supposed to repel bugs, so rubbing some fresh catnip leaves on your skin may also help.

You can also use a candle warmer and put lemon eucalyptus oil, lavendar oil, citronella oil, vanilla extract, or maybe some chopped up or grated citrus rinds in a bit of water on the top part and use that on your patio table to keep the mosquitoes away

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