Homemade Mosquito Repellent – At Grandpa’s Farm

A few weekends ago we visited my parents at their pecan farm in New Mexico.  It was a weekend full of work, tractor driving lessons, lots and lots of pecan tree talk, and a lesson on homemade mosquito repellent.  Farming is no joke!  It is hard work and sometimes a battle with nature!  Hence, the lesson on homemade mosquito spray (recipe below) while we were there.

My dad grew up on a farm and always dreamed of returning to the farm.  As soon as he could retire from his job as an engineer, he bought a pecan farm and has been busy settling in.  He achieved his dream!  Follow on Instagram to see more pictures of us learning to be farm hands.

I grew up in the country with lots of animals, but it wasn’t exactly a farm.  When I loaded up my hubby and E and drove down to the farm we weren’t sure what to expect.  It ended up being a beautiful plot of land with a mountain view and a river on the property.   We are so excited that the property has a river on it, but it brings in tons of bugs.

My dad told me the farmers in the area use a homemade mosquito repellent that’s a recipe handed down through generations of New Mexico farmers.  It works way better than store bug spray and is cheap, easy to make, and even safe for babies!  Of course I had to share the recipe (it’s at the bottom of this post).

Isn’t it a gorgeous plot of land?!   If you look closely in the picture above you’ll see the trees at the base of the mountain.  That’s my dad’s pecan orchard.

E spent most of the weekend driving the tractor, asking to drive the tractor or hanging out on the bridge over the river.  I think it’s safe to say he will likely be asking for his own tractor this Christmas.

Homemade Mosquito Repellent Recipe

Ingredients: white vinegar, Mexican vanilla extract (works better than American), paper towels, sandwich bag, bowl

Directions:
1) Add 1 part vinegar to bowl (I usually use 1/4 cup)
2) Add 1 part Mexican vanilla extract to bowl (I usually use 1/4 cup)
3) Fold the paper towels into small squares
4) Soak the paper towels into the mixture
5) Rub the paper towels along your skin (repeat applications every 2-4 hours)
6) Store the paper towels in the sandwich baggie for easy access while you’re out and about (I carry them in my pocket)

This homemade mosquito spray work amazingly well. Plus it smells great and is even safe for babies. Trust the farmers to come up with an amazing bug spray!

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