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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)03:54 UTC+1 No.663672 Report

Not really sure where to put this thread but maybe here would be the best?

I'm trying to plant some herbs and other plants to keep flies and mosquitoes away. They are driving me crazy and I thought this might help. Anyone have info about insect-repelling plants? Pic related.
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)04:16 UTC+1 No.663678 Report

>>663672
>Not really sure where to put this thread but maybe here would be the best?

I see you have already found the right place >>>/out/344465
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Ellie 07/07/14(Mon)04:48 UTC+1 No.663688 Report

Anecdotally "Citronella" is supposed to work to repel mosquitoes. When tested in a lab, it did not.

Geraniums are also supposed to work, but I can't find any references to that being tested in a lab.

Agastache cana, AKA Mosquito plant http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agastache_cana, does repel mosquitoes (Lab Tested), but only if you rub it on your skin.

For flies don't repel, destroy. You can buy a commercial fly trap or make one. To make one, cut the top off of a water bottle and invert it back in on itself. Tape or glue it so that bugs can't escape on your jagged cut edge. Add water, sugar, and yeast to the container. Houseflies, horseflies, and fruit flies are attracted to the smell of fermentation and drown. I have a plastic screw-top Rescue brand reusable fly trap that I use in the kitchen when I don't get to the bananas fast enough. When I see gnats I set it up and they are gone overnight.

WARNING: Commercial fly traps will contain a small pack of "Fly Attractant". Do NOT use this if you want the trap near your living area. It smells like rotting critter. Use the water/sugar/yeast bait instead.

(This being 4chan, I suspect you could find some suggested uses for the putrescent commercial lure on /b. :) )
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)05:48 UTC+1 No.663709 Report

>>663688
You know I saw one of these today when I went to look for supplies but my roommate talked me out of getting it. It worked pretty well for you indoors? I wonder if it would also work outdoors.
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)18:25 UTC+1 No.663907 Report

>>663672
Geraniums, nasturtiums, marigolds and petunias are all you need.
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)18:36 UTC+1 No.663913 Report

>>663672
Flower power, it's basic BS. Disrupt the source of water needed to bred and you solve your problem.
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)21:50 UTC+1 No.664019 Report

>>663913

This. Seriously I live in Alaska dude. I want to punch people in the face when they talk about all these hippy dippy ways to repel mosquitoes. DEET is the only thing proven to repel mosquitoes effectively. There are areas here where you could literally die from mosquito bites in a few hours. You will never see any of these hippies test there theories out in these places.
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truckerfag 07/07/14(Mon)23:20 UTC+1 No.664042 Report

>>664019
This. I'm in Alaska and 100% DEET is readily available for a reason.

>>663907
Seconding marigolds, just for general insect repellent. I don't remember it repelling mosquito.
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)23:20 UTC+1 No.664043 Report

>>664019
What dd the native people do to prevent them before deet?

Smoke.
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)23:37 UTC+1 No.664048 Report

>>664019
Icaridin works just as well and doesn't irritate skin like DEET.
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)23:40 UTC+1 No.664049 Report

Neem oil
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)23:48 UTC+1 No.664052 Report

>>663672
Old Geranium. Like citronella... and damn near indestructible. Grows fast, so you can be constantly breaking some off to add to flower arrangements wherever you spend time. You can bruise the plant and rub the oils on you and it works as a repellent.

Also Penny-royal...
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)00:05 UTC+1 No.664058 Report

>>664052
Oh fuck off! A hungry mosquito really doesn't worry to much about your flower garden when she comes to suck your blood.

Perhaps it's just that people who plant faggoty little gardens don't have old tires with stagnant water in them or clogged gutters in need of cleaning.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)14:22 UTC+1 No.664358 Report

>>664058
>Neem oil
Seconded, this works on 80-85% of all mosquito species
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)14:23 UTC+1 No.664359 Report

>>664358
whoops, meant to quote >>664049
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)17:51 UTC+1 No.664410 Report

>>664058
>don't have old tires with stagnant water in them or clogged gutters in need of cleaning.

Perhaps not all of us live in a shithole like you, m8.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)18:01 UTC+1 No.664414 Report

>>664058

OP specifically asked about planting herbs or flowers, dipshit.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)18:49 UTC+1 No.664430 Report

>>664414
OP also said he thought it might help... answering his supposition; with no. No, a hungry mosquito isn't going to be offended enough by your flower bed to not feed off your blood, dipshit.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)18:50 UTC+1 No.664431 Report

>>664410
Enjoy becoming a mussie, m8.
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Anonymous 07/09/14(Wed)19:04 UTC+1 No.664973 Report

"Catnip Repels Mosquitoes More Effectively Than DEET"
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/08/010828075659.htm

I live by a river, I get bit like once each summer.
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Anonymous 07/09/14(Wed)19:22 UTC+1 No.664976 Report

>>664973
A flowing river produces very few Mosquitos. Even less if there are fish living in it... When we did research in Alaska, we wore netted suits. The idiot, know it all, "grandma said a little fleabane, pennyroyal, and feverwort dabbed behind the ears will prevent Mosquito bites" didn't wear a suit, ended up costing us two days of research because we had to drive him to the nearest town, then hire a plane to fly him to a hospital...

While interesting and folksy, there are many factors as to why you may or may not be bitten by a Mosquito. Perennial boarders are usually not that offensive.
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Anonymous 07/09/14(Wed)19:45 UTC+1 No.664987 Report

>>664019
>DEET is the only thing proven to repel mosquitoes effectively.

Nah, there are other things that work. Various oils from plants, some pesticides.

Cedar oil works great. Of course it stinks worse than the DEET and you gotta apply it just as thoroughly.
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Anonymous 07/09/14(Wed)20:46 UTC+1 No.665013 Report

>>664019
>DEET is the only thing proven to repel mosquitoes effectively.

Nope. Being NEET is as effective, if not more so.
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Anonymous 07/10/14(Thu)00:08 UTC+1 No.665091 Report

Tobacco. In big, fat cigar form. Light it up and watch a lot of the insects and your friends disappear.
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Anonymous 07/10/14(Thu)21:15 UTC+1 No.665512 Report

>>663709
>You know I saw one of these today when I went to look for supplies but my roommate talked me out of getting it. It worked pretty well for you indoors? I wonder if it would also work outdoors.

Thread Necromancy.

Yes, it works quite well. I dumped it through a screen today to get a count for you.

30+ fruit flies and 4 houseflies. Some of the fruit flies washed through the mesh.

I feel like a terrible housekeeper now. :(
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