Vanilla Leaf plant for insect repellent

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

  1. DawnM

    DawnM Out Of The Brooder

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    I just found out about a native West Coast plant that repells flies, the Vanilla Leaf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achlys_(plant). 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

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    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

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    google catnip and skeeters [​IMG]
     

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