Mosquito Control – Experimenting with Garlic Spray
Have you ever used garlic spray to get rid of mosquitoes?
In the comments below the article “Garlic Spray Recipe, Nicasio Martinez, who lives in the Philippines, had written that he would use the garlic spray to get rid of mosquitoes that carry the dengue fever (also known as yellow fever according to Wikipedia) which kills many children.
He said that by using the Garlic Spray Recipe, he had developed an outdoor house, lawn, and garden spray which did get rid of mosquitoes in his home. In his closing sentence he had added the following: “I’m looking forward to promoting the Garlic Spray as a means to attack mosquitoes that carry dengue fever– killing more children each year than adult” ( 2011/07/07 Comment section under post article “Garlic Spray Recipe”)
Well that sentence caught my attention!
I started wondering, “How can the garlic spray recipe (GSR) help him get rid of mosquitoes?”
so I asked Nicasio if he would mind explaining how he was hoping to do that. I was fascinated by his answer!
My instant thought was to create a post with this information. Why?
1) So that other people who would be interested in helping Nicasio find a way to get rid of mosquitoes which spread dengue fever would more readily see the information . (As you know, not all people read the comments below the article.) and. . .
2) perhaps other people might also decide to use this diluted garlic spray concentrate to get rid of mosquitoes in lawns or to get rid of other bugs such as grasshoppers.
Hopefully Nicasio keeps me updated, and in turn, with his permission, I will place his progress in this post. My greatest hope is that someone will come along and help him develop an affordable spray — a garlic spray based one?.
If he does find an inexpensive method/spray that helps people get rid of mosquitoes, many children will be saved.
Here’s Nicasio’s original comment on how he plans to get rid of mosquitoes with this garlic spray concentrate:
2011/07/13 at 7:53 am
Indoor Mosquito Control w/garlic spray– diluting the garlic concentrate, to spray the entire length of horizontal ceiling joints, and vertical wall joints, floor to ceiling, and around ceiling light fixtures, there is no longer signs of mosquito infestation in our house.
Before using the garlic spray, we would look up and see possibly hundreds of mosquitoes hovering in brightly lit areas of our kitchen. I sprayed, throughout the house, behind and under refrigerators, tables, chairs, shelving, where ever mosquitoes would rest or hide out of sight. Outside I sprayed all windows and door areas, the entire porch area, and believe me I found this to be true– “Mosquitoes do not gather in fields of garlic;” or in homes where a garlic base spray is used.
“The scent of the garlic disappears but the repelling nature lasts. All this is experimental on my part– but this first week has proven, garlic water-based spray repels mosquitoes.
“I am hoping someone with a chemistry background will join this venture and we could develop a spray that would be affordable
especially to those who live in Shanty Communities (light material homes) here in the Philippines….
“At this time I am not spraying water, but in high concentrations I believe it will kill adult mosquitoes and their larvae. Mosquitoes are very fragile insects. In the past I’ve used dish washing detergent and water to kill them. ~ Nicasio Martinez
Update 1: Get Rid of Mosquitoes with garlic spray
2011/07/20 at 8:04 pm
“Two weeks have passed and I’ve resisted respraying outdoors and indoors. It’s amazing and true! When probing areas where I know mosquitoes would gather in the house, unlike before– none fly out. ‘Zero!’ Our windows, doors, and porch areas are not (yet) screened. Usually you find at least one or more mosquitoes on the net we have around our bed– none! The garlic odor dissipates in a short time. We are a family of garlic lovers, so this has not been a problem in our household.
For indoors, adding a small amount of liquid dish-washing detergent with the diluted water recipe in a small bottle hand sprayer will kill mosquitoes on contact.
One new step I’ve incorporated — using the strained particles of the garlic bulb poured from the blender, I put them in a clear plastic gallon container filled with water and let it sit in the sun for one or more days. This I pour into the concentrate mixed already blended and store in a five gallon container. This gives me a mix of almost five gallons in all.
This is experimental on my part and in no way do I advise anyone else to do as I do. Hopefully someone with a chemistry background will join this dialogue. This may prove to be the most economical way to control mosquitoes, especially for poor families here in the Philippines. ~Nicasio Martinez
Update 2: Get Rid of Mosquitoes with garlic spray
2011/07/21 at 2:11 pm
Update and Thanks– It’s working! Resisting for two weeks, spraying indoors and outdoors, there were no mosquitoes in places where they usually rest or hide.
Thursday AM, 22 July , 2011, I sprayed, for the second time, indoors. The first spraying was 7 July, explained in detail in the 13 July post. In the bedrooms, no mosquitoes. The kitchen doors and windows are usually open during the day, and I flushed out (what I saw) no more than three mosquitoes. We rent this house and have not decided to invest in screens. This makes a good test for using the garlic spray recipe. It’s working.
Today, Friday, I will spray outdoors as detailed in the 13 July post.
Marcie- thanks for creating http://pestcontroloptions.com/…..ray– It’s working!~ Nicasio Martinez
Update 3: Get Rid of Mosquitoes with garlic spray
2011/10/06 at 8:00 pm
Thanks so much for posting this information and for the comments below. I was looking for something to get rid of the mosquitoes in my veggie garden when I read Nacasio’s post on using the spray on his house. We have a major problem with mosquitoes already this year and it is just coming into summer here in New Zealand. So I have already made up the spray and have sprayed around the windows of the whole house and outside in the garden. Can’t wait to see the results.
One question for Nacasio though – did you wipe the spray on the walls and ceiling with a cloth or just spray everywhere?
Thanks for the awesome information.
I hope the spray is working for you as well as it did for Nicasio.
In his comments, Nicasio said that he sprayed so that he could reach the corners where mosquitoes nested.
Hopefully Nicasio sees your comment. He will be so pleased that someone else is trying the same experiment.
He would definitely like to know how you fared out.
Thank you for commenting.
Update 4: Get Rid of Mosquitoes with garlic spray
2011/10/17 at 1:23 am
Nicasio responds to Karina:
Karina– (Nicasio)– is the spelling of my name … Indoors I adjust the spray nozzle, on a small spray bottle, to a fine mist, spraying along the continuous length of ceiling and wall corners– ceiling to floor. (The indoor spraying is effective for long periods of time which I repeat only if I see a build up of mosquitoes in their known resting places. I do not apply or wipe interior areas with a cloth.
My July 13, 2011 comment above gives more detail for additional spray areas. At http://www.mosquitobarrier.com you will learn of a commercial garlic based product that I would love to introduce to the Philippines or get assistance to develop a garlic based product here in the Philippines where more children than adults die from dengue fever. Garlic is a produce grown here.
Glad to see a response to my experimenting with a natural garlic base product.
Thank you for responding so quickly to Karina’s question. She will be happy to get your response.
I went over to the http://mosquitobarrier.com website and read about their garlic spray. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if people in the Philippines somehow got access to this product or something like it. On a small scale they could use the watered down homemade garlic spray inside and for outside use it full strength. They could add the canola oil and the liquid soap to treat still water.
I was amazed to read that this “mosquito barrier” liquid, which is almost pure garlic liquid, can get rid of not only mosquitoes but also grasshoppers, ticks, fleas, gnats, and even fire ants. The best part is that it is not toxic to animals, people, or the environment. Gosh, I am almost as excited as you are at the possibility that some day people in the Philippines, or other hot countries such as new Zealand, can get rid of mosquitoes and thus eliminate the dengue fever caused by mosquitoes once and for all.