Garlic has been used to cure many ailments for thousands of years but just recently it has been used specifically to repel insects and fungus.
Once garlic is crushed, it creates 33 organic sulphur compounds; mosquitoes find this unbearable. The odour of it chases them out of the area and they stay away— for as long as they can detect the odour. While the odour of sprayed garlic juice becomes undetectable to humans within minutes, the mosquitoes will still detect it. They will stay away from the sprayed area for up to a month and more. Additionally, Mosquito Barrier [a commercial garlic spray], when mixed with soybean oil and water, coats standing water with a very thin film of natural oil, including some garlic oil which is present in the garlic juice. This oil assists in suffocating the mosquito larvae, which are developing in any standing water. Mosquito Barrier doesn’t kill the bees, butterflies or birds.
—Upper Canada Organic Products
If you make your own garlic spray, let us know how it works! Does it repel the mosquitoes?
Or, is it more effective at keeping garlic-phobic neighbours at a distance?