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Simple Living
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Joan
Staten Island NY
USA
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Posted - May 14 2012 :  06:10:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does anyone have a natural remedy to repel bites. They just love me all year round! I'm not allowed to use any perfumes, or chemical type base on my skin


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jan49829
True Blue Farmgirl

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Janet
Winter Haven Florida
USA
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Posted - May 14 2012 :  09:07:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I never tried it, but read somewhere that if you put a Bounce dryer sheet in your back pocket, that will work as an insect repellant.

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True Blue Farmgirl

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Joan
Staten Island NY
USA
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Posted - May 14 2012 :  09:28:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting, if it doesn't work against mosquitos, at least I will be smelling fresh lol

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Bear5
True Blue Farmgirl

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Louisiana/Texas
USA
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Posted - May 14 2012 :  09:54:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Last evening, I helped weed the garden area. Mosquitos all over the place. When I have bananas, I'll take the peels and rub the inside on my arms and legs and neck. Works for me.
Marly

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Simple Living
True Blue Farmgirl

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Joan
Staten Island NY
USA
1366 Posts

Posted - May 14 2012 :  10:09:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
lol, love that...I will try anything at this point!

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sjmjgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

566 Posts

Stephanie
Mt. Vernon Iowa
USA
566 Posts

Posted - May 14 2012 :  11:58:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I found this website online. Ive been thinking about trying a natural repellant myself. Here is the link:
http://chemistry.about.com/od/healthbeautyprojects/a/naturalinsectrepellent.htm

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neeter302
True Blue Farmgirl

257 Posts

Anita
Hanover Indiana
USA
257 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2013 :  2:12:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Avon Skin-So-Soft oil works very well to repel all types of insects, dryer sheets can be placed in a pocket, under a hat, tucked into a sock or rubbed on the skin, a teaspoon of vanilla extract stirred into a cup of water, put into a spray bottle and mist your skin also works. I'm more inclined to use repellants now since several cases of lime disease in our area from ticks.

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MagnoliaWhisper
True Blue Farmgirl

2817 Posts

Heather
Haysville Kansas
USA
2817 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2013 :  2:40:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am VERY against ticks, both my grandmother and a little boy of my friends almost died from Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever. My grandma lived in the mountains, little boy did not!

Any way....one I am inclined to use, since it even works on LICE! Is tea tree oil!


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sonshine4u
Chapter Guru

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April
New Prague MN
USA
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Posted - Jun 24 2013 :  2:02:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Joan,

Go to this website and scroll almost all the way down to the bottom of the page. There is a recipe for you to make your own non-toxic bug spray.

http://veriditasbotanicals.com/melissas-educational-materials/

Here is another one:
http://www.bulkherbstore.com/articles/herbal-bug-spray?s=bug%20spray

There are more recipes online. Have fun experimenting!

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April :)

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Montrose Girl
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm

1360 Posts

Laurie
Montrose CO
1360 Posts

Posted - Jun 25 2013 :  8:13:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use lavender hydrosol. Spray it on and repeat as needed. it's the byproduct of distilling for the oil, so all natural. We were up in the NF and the mosqitoes were everywhere. We never got bit.

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Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
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Posted - Jun 26 2013 :  08:30:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The natural insect repellent works great. Also, if you have a patio, try a Citronella plant. My dad is in Houston and they have massive mosquitos. He bought a Citronella plant and he says when you sit in that area, it's amazingly bug free.

If you get a bite, stop the itch by putting a "wagon wheel" on it...gently "mash" the bite with your fingernail (not hard enough to break the skin, just hard enough to make temporary mark) in a wagon-wheel pattern. It stops the bite's itch for awhile.

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Calicogirl
True Blue Farmgirl

5198 Posts

Sharon
Bruce Crossing Michigan
USA
5198 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2013 :  09:09:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Laurie, that's interesting I will have to try that. I have used lavender essential oil to relieve the itching and swelling of mosquito bites and deer fly bites with great success, but if I can avoid that altogether I would be one happy camper Thanks for sharing :)

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shawneefarmgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

91 Posts

Linda
Missouri
USA
91 Posts

Posted - Jul 09 2013 :  2:14:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Heather - may I ask? Do you mix tree tea oil with water and spray it on to prevent bites? Or do you mean you use it after you have a bite??

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