Vanilla Leaf plant for insect repellent

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by DawnM, May 23, 2011.

  1. DawnM

    DawnM Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 21, 2010
    Tacoma, Wa
    I just found out about a native West Coast plant that repells flies, the Vanilla Leaf I have seen many posts about the vanilla air freshener and I'm sure this is where it came from. I was even told companies use this plant for things like perfumes and air fresheners. People in the Northwest could probably save a lot of money collecting these themselves. They release the scent as they dry and last for weeks. I spend a lot of time foraging but never paid much attention to this one because it's not edible but I have seen it everywhere. I'm definately going to collect some to put out by the coops. We don't have a lot of flies but I hate them more than anything except earwigs. I thought I would pass this on to anyone else who might be interested.
  2. lovin'my12chicks

    lovin'my12chicks Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2011
    Thanks for the info! We live in Hot sticky Georgia so we have lots of flies. I have heard of the air fresheners before but haven't tried them yet. I think I will soon though!
  3. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    google catnip and skeeters [​IMG]

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