[permaculture] Homemade mosquito repellant

Lawrence London lfljvenaura at gmail.com
Sat Mar 23 15:07:42 EDT 2013


On Sat, Mar 23, 2013 at 2:56 PM, Alia Tsang <alia at dietrick.org> wrote:

> Catnip is reportedly more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET, you
> can throw some of that in there while you're at it.
>
> http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/08/010828075659.htm
>
> Essential oils are incredibly energy intensive to extract, though. I wonder
>

I posted a news article on a new industrial process for extracting
essential oils that is much more effective, uses less energy and produces an
oil that is more like that which is in the source plant material. It is a
huge, very high tech machine that does an excellent job; valuable to the
medicinal, aromatic, culinary oil and perfume industries.


> if you'd get the same effect if you tinctured those herbs in high proof
> alcohol instead. Maybe with some lemon peels instead of using lemon juice.
> It'd probably keep longer, too.
>
> Fun fact: vanilla (and almond) extracts can also be used to attract thrips.
>

As they can be beneficial how could they be harvested and propagated then
relocated where they could be useful in controlling
plant predatory insects. Are they available from biocontrol insectiaries?

Wikipedia:
*Thrips* (Order *Thysanoptera*) are tiny, slender
insects<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insect>with fringed wings (thus
the scientific
name <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binomial_nomenclature>, from the
Greek<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_language>
*thysanos* (fringe) + *pteron*
(wing).[1]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thrips#cite_note-1>Other
common names for thrips include
*thunderflies*, *thunderbugs*, *storm flies*, *thunderblights*, and *corn
lice*. Thrips species feed on a large variety of sources, both plant and
animal, by puncturing <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puncturing> them and
sucking up the contents. A large number of thrips species are considered
pests, because they feed on plants with commercial value. Some species of
thrips feed on other insects or mites
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mite>and are considered beneficial,
while some feed on fungal
spores <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fungal_spore> or pollen. So far around
5,000 species have been described. Thrips are generally tiny (1 mm long or
less) and are not good flyers, although they can be carried long distances
by the wind. In the right conditions, many species can exponentially
increase in population size and form large swarms, making them an
irritation to humans.

>
>
> On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 4:47 PM, Lawrence London <lfljvenaura at gmail.com
> >wrote:
>
> > Homemade mosquito repellant
> >
> > Combine in a 16 oz bottle:
> > 15 drops lavender oil [http://amzn.to/WOhOP8]
> > 3-4 Tbsp of vanilla extract
> > 10 drops of citronella oil [http://amzn.to/ZOLfyc]
> > 1/4 Cup lemon juice.
> > Fill bottle with water.
> > Shake & it's ready to use.
> > Spray on yourself.
> >
> > (You can also use 10 drops of lemon eucalyptus oil instead of citronella
> > oil [http://amzn.to/ZfYPbx<
> >
> http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Famzn.to%2FZfYPbx&h=WAQELlt_l&s=1
> > >
> > ])
> >
> > Make some extra to gift to your neighbors, family & friends. Share this
> on
> > your wall so you'll have it handy when it's needed.
> >
> > Note: If you don't already have the oils mentioned above, the links
> > provided are available for you to order them online.
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