Basil Insect Repellent Spray
- Add 6 ounces of fresh and clean basil leaves to a bowl
- Pour 4 ounces of boiling water on top of leaves and let sit for three hours
- Remove all leaves, squeezing out moisture
- Mix in 4 ounces cheap vodka
- Store in refrigerator – spray before going outdoors
You are more than likely familiar with citronella – a popular oil used in many mosquito repellent products. This natural oil is derived from lemongrass, an ornamental plant that grows all year in Florida and other tropical climates and is an annual most other places where it grows well in pots or in the ground in a sunny location with good drainage. I like to plant lemongrass around my patio and on my front porch to keep mosquitoes away. Don’t forget to enjoy the wonderful flavor of lemongrass in soups, chicken and pork dishes.
3. Chrysanthemums (mums)
These beautiful plants that are revered for their stunning fall flowers. However, they are also an effective insect repellent and can keep ticks, silverfish, lice, bed bugs, spider mites, Japanese beetles, ants, roaches, root-knot nematodes, and harlequin bugs from becoming a nuisance.
Mums contain a potent ingredient called pyrethrum which is commonly used in garden insecticides, household sprays, and pet shampoos. Pick flowers when they are at their fullest, leave them to dry in a cool, dark place with plenty of ventilation and crush them up for an insect deterrent powder.