|I received this email from a friend so I just want to pass around. Subject: Mosquitoes! Interesting! I can’t wait to try this in the summer! Mosquito Spray…Worth a try I was at a deck party awhile back, and the bugs were having a ball biting everyone. A man at the party sprayed the lawn and deck floor with Listerine, and the little demons disappeared. The next year I filled a 4-ounce spray bottle and used it around my seat whenever I saw mosquitoes. And voila! That worked as wel l. It worked at a picnic where we sprayed the area around the food table, the children’s swing area, and the standing water nearby. During the summer, I don’t leave home without it…..Pass it on. OUR FRIEND’S COMMENTS: I tried this on my deck and around all of my doors. It works – in fact, it killed them instantly. I bought my bottle from Target and it cost me $1.89. It really doesn’t take much, and it is a big bottle, too; so it is not as expensive to use as the can of Bug-spray you buy that doesn’t last 30 minutes. So, try this, please.. It will last a couple of days. Don’t spray directly on a wood door (like your front door), but spray around the frame. Spray around the window frames, and even inside the dog house.|
|Every time this comes up the main benefit seems to come from spraying around the area you are going to use.|
|Ingredients for listereen – Original
Medicinal Ingredients: Eucalyptol 0.091% w/v, thymol 0.063% w/v, menthol 0.042% w/v.
Non-medicinal Ingredients (alphabetically): Alcohol, benzoic acid, caramel, methyl salicylate, poloxamer, sodium benzoate, water.
I am thinking that the Eucalyptol & thymol might be the deterants
|SPAM ALERT:The OP is an exact copy of the spam (urban myth) sent around sinc e 2007.
Their response,"Comments: Unfortunately there are no scientific studies to confirm or disprove these anecdotal claims, though laboratory tests have shown that standard chemical-based mosquito repellents are generally more effective and longer-lasting than botanical-based alternatives (and Listerine Antiseptic mouthwash would have to be counted among the latter). The primary active ingredient in Listerine is eucalyptol, a derivative of eucalyptus oil, which in turn is commonly used in botanical repellents. According to various clinical studies it actually does repel mosquitoes. However, the eucalyptus-based compounds tested in these studies contained much higher concentrations of the essential oil than that found in Listerine Antiseptic — 40% to 75% concentrations as opposed to Listerine’s .092% — and were applied topically, not simply sprayed in the air or on surrounding objects. Given Listerine’s extremely low eucalyptol content, it’s doubtful the product would function very effectively as a repellent — not for long, at any rate — even if applied directly to the skin. The claim that Listerine sprayed around door and window frames actually killed mosquitoes is even more dubious. Listerine consists mostly of water and alcohol, which means it would evaporate quickly whenever and wherever it is sprayed. I have no doubt that drenching mosquitoes with the stuff would kill a significant number of them, but there is little reason to suppose that spraying it on hard surfaces would have any lingering effect. "
I guess it can’t hurt if you want mosquitoes with minty fresh breath!!!!
Tried Listerine on a few mosquitoes yesterday. Drenched one little begger and watched him struggle out of the puddle, shake his wings, then fly off – towards my bare arm! Not much of a deterrent.
|Not to say we know anything about Mosquitoes here on the east coast, but the Nova Scotia Provincial Bird is the Mosquito…
While at a outdoor party Friday night the host tells us about this claim of Listerine. Well we tried it and we all came to the conclusion that it simply didn’t work…..
Sorry, but if anyone else has any luck let us know.
|I received an email like the above last year. Rushed out to purchase a bottle of listerine to rid my life of mosquitos.Sadly, it didn’t really work.
Save yourself the trouble and go for the tried and true …. Deet.
| Tried Listerine on a few mosquitoes yesterday. Drenched one little begger and watched him struggle out of the puddle, shake his wings, then fly off – towards my bare arm! Not much of a deterrent.
But he smelled really fresh 😉
|This is NOT a spam-urban myth.I did a 6 month trial and the Listerine worked perfectly. From October 2008 to March 2009 I sprayed some around and I did not have any mosquito bites. Proof!My 6 month DEET trial is April to September. I will let you know.|
|So Bigjohn, if it isn’t a spam, urban myth how do you explain the timeline when the EXACT same email from 2007 just now being sent, and received by the OP…from his friend?|
|just relook at the dates BigJohn used …… I too got excited a non chemical way to keep them away would be just wonderful.
This trip I am trying a neem oil mixed with a few essential oils – will let you know in a couple of weeks if it works – they normally LOVE me.
While it’s not scientific – I find I don’t notice the mosquitoes if I’ve had about 4 mojitos. 🙂 🙂 Or perhaps I should say "mojitoes"?