Mix Up A Safe, Natural Mosquito Repellent

This safe, natural mosquito repellent uses vanilla extract to ward off mosquitoes from people and critters.

Natural mosquito repellent

An old country formula to ward off gnats and mosquitoes.

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Add a little vanilla extract in water and you've got a safe, natural mosquito repellent for people and horses. 

An old country formula to ward off gnats and mosquitoes is to mix a tablespoon of vanilla extract into a cup of water to create a safe, natural mosquito repellent. I rubbed this on my children's faces and it worked so well I tried the solution on my horse's ears and eyes. It worked like a charm.

Joan Chevalier
McEwan, TN
(Country Lore, August 1987)