About Me

Tallahassee, Florida
Who am I? I am just me...Mrs.P! City girl me, country girl me, wife and mother of 4 girls me, a homeschool mom me, who loves to cook, and create. Loving and living life to it's fullest...that's me!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Bug What?

Two weeks ago I stood in my driveway saying fair-well to some family members when suddenly the mosquitoes began to swarm all around us.   Believe me when I say, the mosquitoes looked like they were on steroids!   We didn't stand there long saying our goodbyes because one of my sisters-in-law was a bit shell shocked having been bitten up by mosquitoes in South Florida.  No joke!  She was actually having an allergic reaction to all of the bites.  This year, the mosquitoes have been pretty bad here in Florida because we've had quite a bit of rain.  

Lucky for me, I found something that works like a charm!    

Homemade mosquito repellent!  

It's all natural, safe for you and the environment, and it actually works! I got the idea after visiting one of our local plant nurseries. The girls and I were shopping for herbs and lucky us...we hadn't gotten out of the car good before the mosquitoes went to work on us! I almost made a bee-line out of that place but I was a woman on a mission that day, so instead of fleeing I took cover inside one of the buildings on the property. I am a big wimp anyway when it comes to being outside so it doesn't take much to send me fleeing.

I couldn't help but wonder how anyone could work in those conditions. It's a freaking bug kingdom, mosquito haven! Don't get me wrong, I love, love, love Native Nurseries! The grounds are gorgeous, the staff is extremely helpful, and the selection of herbs and vegetables are the best!

Isn't this just perfect for mosquitoes?

Curiosity made me ask one of the clerks how they managed to work outside around all the plants without being eaten alive by mosquitoes. The clerk held up a bottle of Badger Anti-Bug Spray and what happened next would've made the perfect commercial for Badger Bug Spray. If it wasn't for the fact that it cost $11.99 for a 4oz. bottle I would've purchased a few bottles right then and there.

My GOODNESS...$11.99, what's in that stuff?! I hated to take up her time but when I saw that it was all natural I wanted to read the list of ingredients on the back of the bottle to see what was in it. Yep, it's 100% all natural and organic too! Apparently, this stuff is all the rave! I tell you what, follow this LINK and I'll let these guys tell you all about it.

Now, you don't have to know me that well, you can just read a few of my blog posts and figure out that I wasn't just reading the list of ingredients for the heck of it. Nope! I was trying to figure out if I could make my own version, especially since it's all natural. It just so happened that I had most of the essential oils on hand.

Lavender, Lemongrass, Citronella, & Tea-tree Essential Oils  

Ready for the recipe? It's simple...add 15-20 drops each of the following essential oils to 16-20 ounces of Baby Oil; lavender, lemongrass, citronella, & tea-tree. I forgot to add it to the picture but rosemary is also in there.

On a serious note: NEVER, EVER USE ESSENTIAL OILS DIRECTLY ON THE SKIN!!!!!!!!! You must, I repeat MUST use a carrier oil!

I chose to use a baby oil with Aloe & Vitamin E but you can also use almond oil or castor oil. I recently saw a recipe that used witch hazel. Say what!! Two of the carrier oils for Badger's Anti Bug Spray are soybean & castor.

Also, I only intended to make my own version of Badger's Anti-Bug Spray for personal use therefore; I make no claims that the ingredients in my homemade "stuff" are equivalent to the ingredients found in Badger's bug spray. The only claim that I am willing to make is that: I got a little creative and made something that actually works!

I'll even give you an opportunity to try it for yourself! I don't suggest you put it on and run naked in a field after a summers rain! However, if you put it on and say...go mow the lawn or in my case, enjoy an evening outside (fully clothed) with your neighbors, you probably won't be eaten alive by blood thirsty mosquitoes.

So, help me help you by coming up with a name for my "stuff". Besides, I hate the name "The Stuff'...It lacks creativity! On the other hand, if you asked the girls, they would tell you the name was just fine and that I am just being picky. They would also say "It's not like you're trying to market a product!" Here's what I say: "Unless you want to stand there for 10 minutes trying to figure out what I mean when I ask you to bring me the "The Stuff", we need to come up with a better name for it!" You want to know what else I said? Okay, I better not say that!

Here's how it works: Just drop a line in the comment section with a suggested name. We'll have a drawing from the top three names and announce the winner in 2 weeks.

Stay tuned!


  1. Mrs.P's Magical Mosquito Mist....

    Add a spay nozzle to the top and spray it on....Another great idea from the Mitchell Ladies

  2. Paulette's Pernicious Pest Potion. I second the spray pump.