Friday, May 25, 2012

Vinegar and mosquitoes

Laura, 2010
 TGIVF! It's Vinegar Friday!!

I have a full day of grandbabies ahead of me. The lovely little Lady Laura will be here shortly and little Lord Lincoln will join her around 5:30 tonight. It's a sleepover for the cousins! Since I have to work today, Laura will be spending the day with her favorite person -- Grandpap -- but I'll get plenty of Laura and Lincoln time in tonight and tomorrow morning. How lucky am I?

But before the day gets into full swing, I just wanted to share a really amazing (I think) vinegar tip with you before the holiday, bug-biting weekend begins. It's something I mentioned in my book, but said I hadn't tested it enough to know if it really worked. Well, now I have.

I discovered, by mistake, that mosquitoes do not like apple cider vinegar. I left a jar with ACV in it sitting on the table on the porch after giving my cat an ACV bath. To my delight, the mosquitoes that had been buzzing, and biting, us the night before, were not repeating their pattern. As we played Bananagrams on the porch, they simply left us alone. Hmmm. That was at the end of the season last year.

Lincoln, 2011

Well, it's mosquito season again and we're bite-free. Why? Because vinegar is awesome, that's why! I simply sat a few containers of vinegar around the patio and porch and it's done the trick. Is it a coincidence? Maybe. But I don't think so.

Try it. See what happens and let me know.

In the meantime, to my American friends, have a safe, healthy and fun Memorial Day weekend. And don't forget to thank the veterans around you who were willing to sacrifice their own lives for freedom. Thank God you can still show your appreciation to them. And remember the ones whom you can't thank ... because they gave it all. That's what Memorial Day is about, after all ... remembering the bravest of the brave.

This mosquito-free weekend is brought to you by ACV!

Keeping it green with vinegar,



  1. I wonder if a few sprays from a spray bottle would do the trick before a swampy hike. I'll have to try it out next time.

    1. Let me know if that works for you. The only problem I anticipate with that is that vinegar dissipates so quickly. Rubbing pure vanilla extract on your skin will help ... just don't make the mistake of using imitation vanilla extract, like I did once!

    2. Vinegar is nearly totally water. White vinegar is 92 to 95% water. Vaporization of vinegar will depend on the humidity level present in the air and the dryness of your skin, if applied topically. In a subtropical climate like the lower half of Florida, where I am, vinegar will stay liquid longer.

    3. If your kids like dill pickles get them a large jar a let them eat them all summer long and they will stay completely bite free. I live in the Ohio River valley where they are thick and have done this every year since my kids were little and none of them have more then a couple of bites ever.

  2. Thank you for this wonderful tip! Also thank you for what you said about the veterans, it was the most wonderful way, I've ever "heard" it put before. God bless you!

  3. You're welcome, Julie. And thank you for taking the time to show me your appreciation.

  4. Mosquitoes do not like hydrogen peroxide. Rub it on exposed skin.


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