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Natural Mosquito And Flea Repellent For Your Yard
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Natural Mosquito And Flea Repellent for Your Yard

I've explored the fact of cooking for your dog and looking at the harmful effects of our cleaning products. I'm constantly trying to find good alternatives to keep our doggies safe. So the next step would to check your yard. Where your dog goes to use the bathroom, run around and play, and chase the little sand crabs around. There is a lot of things we can do to keep our yards safe without using harmful sprays.

Garlic has a natural sulfur which repels insects. When sprayed it will not only kill the mosquito [which are soft bodied insects] did not know that. The garlic is very toxic to them. The juice doesn't harm pets, plants, or humans. What about the smell? The odor not only chases them away but keeps them away. As far as humans go the smell goes away reather quickly. But the mosquito's can still smell it and stay away. So if they're not in your yard they're not on your pets or not biting you or in your house. Also if you mix garlic with oil [any oil canola or veg]. Spray on any standing water. It suffocates the mosquito larva unlike other chemicals doesn't kill bees or butterflies. Completely safe for humans and pets. Depending on weather should last at least for three weeks. But you know if it rains a lot you will have to spray more often.

Ok! What about listerine? My sister uses half listerine and half water in a sprayer bottle. Sprays around where they're going to be out side. Helps to keep the bugs away reapply as needed.again will not harm humans and pets.

Landscaping your yard with citronella plant[grows very good in the keys] lavender, mint[peppermint' spearmint] eucalyptus. These are all natural bug repellents unlike other yard sprays. They smell really good. You can use the stems and leaves around the house and in their beds. Just be careful not to let them eat it. Can be toxic.

Also try to keep your yard and around your house as clean as possible. Flea's don't like dry,sunshiney[is that a word?]places. So keep as much leaves and other stuff cleaned up as possible.

Something I've never heard of; nematodes. Don't know what they are but I'm sure they're a bug. They are a natural predator to the flea! Yea! They burrow into the flea as part of their life cycle. Gross! They don't pose any treat to humans or pets. Place them in a shady, moist where fleas love to hang out. The nematodes don't like dry. sunshiney places[there's that word again] So I say bring 'um on.! Oh yea!!

Here in the Key's we have the noseeums. Nasty little burggers!! Their bit is very stingy[is that a word] Unlike the other fleas this one loves to bite humans. Its bite can be very painful and itchy. So people have different reactions from moderate to severe. They usually come out dawn or dusk. I was told they were from the flea family but really they're from the sand fly family. The only way to keep them off is bug spray.

I say try spraying the yard with a mixture of garlic, lavender, mint, citronella, and use the insect repellent I told you about. So good hunting and get those nasty mosquito's. Later!!!


Street Talk

I did not know this, definitely a good article Harriet !

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  about 1 year ago

glad to help!!! Thanks!!!

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  about 1 year ago

Hi Katie. Yes you can get all the herbs like lavender flowers, citronella, eucalyptus in dry form. Good luck with the fly's

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  about 1 year ago

HI there Harriet....what a great idea for the mosquitos , and living across the state from you on the gulf on Marco Island on a sailboat I will try the garlic to keep the mosquitos out of the boat...since Wilma we have had a terrible time with flies...They were really everywhere for the following year but now we are just down to the ones that bother you....i cannot stand having one get into the boat...I also know of a mixture of dry herbs for noseemums but I cannot remember all it has...It is comprised of 4 herbs and cedar is in there with them...They sell it at a health food store in Naples called Sunsplash if you would like to call they and ask...good luck over there...when we took the boat and lived in Marathon for awhile we did not have anywhere near the hard time with these insects as we do over here...It is like living in the Everglades because the slips here are out amongst the mangroves and very close to the Everglades anyway over here....Kaite

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  about 1 year ago

We have lots of mosquitoes over here in Israel too. I'll take your advice here. Thanks for a great article.

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  about 1 year ago

Wow This great. I can talk to someone in Israel. How cool is that. Glad I could be of help. Thanks.

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  about 1 year ago

Thanks for the information Harriet. I will give this one a try.

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  about 1 year ago

You are welcome.

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  about 1 year ago
Joan S  

Don't get mistaken for a salad... garlic, mint, oil, vinegar. Sounds delicious to me, then again, I'm not a mosquito. Good tips. We used to use penny royal on our dog instead of a flea collar. Worked like a charm. Ticks are another problem up here. We use Skin So Soft to deter those. Sure would like to know how to rid our yard of them. White vinegar is great for killing grasses and weeds that come up in the cracks of sidewalks and in the driveway. Thanks for the good read.

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  about 1 year ago

Thanks never heard about vinegar to kill grass. Will research how to get rid of ticks.

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  about 1 year ago
C. Hughes  

Two good alternatives that you briefly touched on. Neem oil works well as an insect repellent. It is wonderful for aphids and other garden pests. Natural and non-toxic it is made from the Indian Neem tree ( a species of pine). The other that I have used and like any mint can be hard to keep under control is the Penny Royal plant. Smells a bit medicinal and minty. Drives away mosquitoes like nobody's business. Just scuff your feet and a cloud of minty freshness drives them off. Mixed with the traditional Geranium this plant is a great non-toxic alternative to insect sprays. Note: Penny Royal was used as an abortifactant in herbal medicine days. Ingested in large quantities this plant will promote spontaneous abortion so keep it away from pregnant women (and dogs).

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  about 1 year ago

Thanks for the info .Always looking for good natural alternatives.We used to use hair spray to kill flying insects.

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  about 1 year ago

You guys are goofy .. thanks for the article! lol

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  about 1 year ago
Meredith  

Thank you for the information. I'm always looking for safe, natural alternatives for Hannah ( my Australian Cattle Dod) and me both. I've never heard of the "liquid" garlic but, I will give it a try. I have had some luck this summer with white vinegar. I've just some in a sprsy bottle and spritz myself before going out. It does seem to help quite a bit.

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  about 1 year ago

Yea! just put the garlic in water and and get the juice. Thanks never tried vinegar will try.

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  about 1 year ago
Meredith  

Don't know how popular we will be smelling of garlic & vinegar!

  
  about 1 year ago
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