[permaculture] Homemade mosquito repellant

Alia Tsang alia at dietrick.org
Sat Mar 23 17:11:48 EDT 2013


Good question, I've only heard of using vanilla and/or almond to attract
pest thrips (like western flower thrips) onto trap sticky cards. I remember
hearing about the predatory six-spotted thrips (Scolothrips sexmaculatus)
being available to buy, not sure who's growing it though.

On Sat, Mar 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM, Lawrence London <lfljvenaura at gmail.com>wrote:

>
> >
> > 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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