Home Remedies

Spring 2003 CSANews Issue 46  |  Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.Back to list

Worried about West Nile virus? Here are some home remedies to keep the mosquitoes away:

  • Outdoor-lovers in Louisiana (known for its humidity) use Bounce Fabric Softener Sheets...just wipe it on and go!

  • Bob, a fisherman, takes one vitamin B-1 (Thiamine Hydrochloride 100 mg) tablet a day April through October. He says he hasn't had a mosquito bite in 33 years, and it works for every one he has talked into trying it.

  • If you eat bananas, the mosquitoes like you - something about the banana oil as your body processes it. Stop eating bananas for the summer and the mosquitoes will be much less interested.

  • One of the best insect repellents someone found (who is in the woods every day), is Vick's Vaporub.

  • Apparently marigolds give off a smell that bugs do not like, so plant some in your garden 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.

  • A good natural insect repellant is made from the clear real vanilla. This is the pure vanilla that is sold in Mexico, and it works great for both mosquitoes and ticks.

  • When all else fails-get a frog!