I am one of those people who can get lost for hours reading tips on the internet...everything from how to repaint laminate furniture to keeping your skin looking young with ingredients from your refrigerator. The most recent tip I read was this morning and it was about how to repel mosquitoes with lime halves and cloves.
According to the information you just put cloves into limes that have been sliced in half and TADA! the mosquitoes don't come around. I don't know if this really works but it seems like a great waste of limes to me since they are more enjoyable in Margarita's! I have to admit the picture seems rather pretty and would look great on a patio table.
When I was growing up we had well water. Our water smelled of rotten eggs and most people didn't like to drink it. My family was use to the smell so it didn't bother us and after we got a new fridge with a water spigot so cold water came out we didn't notice the smell at all and besides I always thought our water tasted so much better than any other water I tasted when I would go somewhere. And to be truthful many of our guests loved the taste of our water as well. But what does this have to do with mosquitoes?
I can remember quite well the summer of 1980. We had a lot of company that summer. We hadn't been in our new house very long and many of our relatives lived in other states in towns or cities and they would come to visit and stay for a week or so. I always loved having company and relished listening to stories they would tell of their lives. Since it was summer we would sit outside a lot and of course there were flies and mosquitoes in abundance. I remember my cousins swatting at the mosquitoes constantly while my family and I would sit there in relative comfort, I say relative because it was summer and it was Oklahoma so you know it couldn't be totally comfortable. After noticing this pattern for awhile and asking around my mom came to the conclusion that our water, which went through a sulfur vein, kept us from getting bitten by mosquitoes.
Here it is summer time and I always swear I am going to get some sulfur tablets and take them and see if it works for mosquito repellent and I still have not done so! I think I will pick up a bottle this week and start taking them, worse case scenario is that it helps my arthritis in my joints, and see if it works. I am not going to tell the kids I am taking them and then I am going to see if the mosquitoes bite them more when we are outside. I will update the results at a later date. Oh and don't ya'll tell them about this experiment either or they will think I am being mean if it works and I don't get bitten like they do. If it does work I will tell them their sacrifice is greatly appreciated and it's in the name of science!