Every now and then, I’ll get emails with lists of great household cures for every ailment. They are always so random and out there, but supposedly “so simple”.
So I decided to try one.
We have HORRIBLE mosquitoes in our yard. If I were to give an example of how many mosquitoes will land on Ali and I the minute we walk out the door, you would think I was exaggerating. It is worse than anywhere I have ever been.
I don’t like putting bug spray on Ali (or myself – I hate how it feels), so we tend to go to the park to play rather than playing in our own yard, until we can figure out how to get rid of our bustling mosquito metropolis.
However, I read in one of these all-knowing emails that you can make mosquitoes go far, far away from you if you spray Listerine around you.
Willing to try anything to be left alone, I put Listerine into a Windex bottle and have been trying it out.
We went out on the porch Sunday while Daddy was cutting the grass. It smelled so good – a mixture of the rain, the cut grass, and that inexplicable aroma of Fall-is-on-it’s-way.
Of course, within 30 seconds, we were getting swarmed as if we had just poked a mosquito nest or something.
I’m not kidding – DOZENS.
Oh – and by the way – mosquitoes NEVER bother Chris. They WAIT for Me and Ali to walk out the door. Apparently he is the Brussel Sprouts of mosquito cuisine and we are the Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake.
So I got my windex bottle and began spraying the perimeter as fast as I could, and also directly spraying any mosquito that I could get an aim at.
I continued this for about 10 minutes until the porch was completely soaked and sticky, and the wonderful smells were 100% squelched by the overwhelming smell of wintergreen.
Our neighbors drove up while I was doing this and they probably thought that I was a crazy Greek neighbor straight out of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” spraying my Windex bottle all over creation as the cure all to everything.
However, I think the only effect that it had on the mosquitoes (that I hadn’t managed to directly drown in Listerine) was that they had very fresh breath to bite us with.
Ali and I both woke up the next day with plenty of mosquito bites to prove that Listerine does NOT, after all, repel mosquitoes.
Just thought you should know.
Oh, and by the way, although my family is very Greek and can relate very much to that movie, Windex was not the miracle substance when I was growing up – it was Pinaseptic. My Dad put it on EVERYTHING.