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    Has anyone used the lemon juice method on a brindle or black bully to repel mosquitoes? I don't want to cause her coat to lighten or turn red BUT the mosquitoes around my house are horrendous and since they are attracted to dark colors she's being eaten alive!

    I am am using an essential oil blend to repel pests on my dogs but I am concerned about using it daily as I don't want to cause toxicity by applying too often. I was thinking of steeping some lemon juice to spritz on her each time we go out to potty but was afraid it would ruin her beautiful coat. She loves to lay in the sun too!

    So, will it lighten/change her coat color? Is there another natural method that would be safe to use?
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    Not sure if it would..... but some one here ha a home mix for repelling bugs -- UGH, can not remember who it was.
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    I know they bother her because they love me too! I HATE mosquitoes. I feel like I have to do something each time we go out to keep them at bay. The essential oil mix we use has lemon oil & lemongrass among other things but the mosquitoes only stay away when it's first applied which is why I was thinking of using a lemon based spritz. I feel like that would be safe for several daily applications but at the he same time I don't want to discolor her beautiful brindle coat or dry it out. I actually used lemon juice to keep my blonde hair bright when I was young and help with natural highlights which is why I wondered about using this method on a brindle girl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevikell View Post
    I know they bother her because they love me too! I HATE mosquitoes. I feel like I have to do something each time we go out to keep them at bay. The essential oil mix we use has lemon oil & lemongrass among other things but the mosquitoes only stay away when it's first applied which is why I was thinking of using a lemon based spritz. I feel like that would be safe for several daily applications but at the he same time I don't want to discolor her beautiful brindle coat or dry it out. I actually used lemon juice to keep my blonde hair bright when I was young and help with natural highlights which is why I wondered about using this method on a brindle girl.
    Here is a thread about the lemon mix.... I'm thinking, you can try a small area and see if it changes her coloring before spraying all over

    http://www.englishbulldognews.com/fo...-question.html
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    I started using a homemade remedy this year and let me tell you, I have not had ONE mosquito bite! I spray the dogs in the morning and early evening. I did not use the lemon juice one. I use 4 drops of Lavender Essential Oil, 4 drops of Tea Tree Oil, and 1 cup of distilled or boiled water. Put everything in a spray bottle and spray on dogs and self. I love it and no chemicals. I use it when we are boating also for the horse flies and it is fantastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    Here is a thread about the lemon mix.... I'm thinking, you can try a small area and see if it changes her coloring before spraying all over

    http://www.englishbulldognews.com/fo...-question.html
    Good point...didn't think about trying a test spot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brutus77 View Post
    I started using a homemade remedy this year and let me tell you, I have not had ONE mosquito bite! I spray the dogs in the morning and early evening. I did not use the lemon juice one. I use 4 drops of Lavender Essential Oil, 4 drops of Tea Tree Oil, and 1 cup of distilled or boiled water. Put everything in a spray bottle and spray on dogs and self. I love it and no chemicals. I use it when we are boating also for the horse flies and it is fantastic.
    I guess I just started to worry about over using the essential oils. I bought a premade essential oil mix which said to use before hiking in the woods or once a week as a preventative but I started to worry about daily use. I know essential oils are a great alternative to traditional pesticides (which I no longer use on my girls) but I've read that you also have to be careful as well. I don't know....I am new to using essential oils and my puppy had a few head tremors in 1 week and the only thing I had done differently was use an essential oil based shampoo as well as the essential oil mix for repelling fleas/ticks/mosquitoes. Couldn't help but wonder if I used too much at once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevikell View Post
    I guess I just started to worry about over using the essential oils. I bought a premade essential oil mix which said to use before hiking in the woods or once a week as a preventative but I started to worry about daily use. I know essential oils are a great alternative to traditional pesticides (which I no longer use on my girls) but I've read that you also have to be careful as well. I don't know....I am new to using essential oils and my puppy had a few head tremors in 1 week and the only thing I had done differently was use an essential oil based shampoo as well as the essential oil mix for repelling fleas/ticks/mosquitoes. Couldn't help but wonder if I used too much at once.
    I'm not sure. I didn't realize they could be over used. I think this would be ok though, because it is diluted. Frankie had a rash in his groin area and I rubbed some lavender oil on it and the next morning it was gone!
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    I just did a quick research and it said diluted is very safe. You would have to use mass quantities straight for it to be harmful
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    We steep lemons and lavender in a pot for a few hours then strain it and put it in a spray bottle to use on Harlea. Been doing it since we got her and it hasn't changed the color of her coat at all.
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    I will give the lemons a try but start with a test patch of fur just to make sure. We are both miserable! Can't wait for The weather to cool off and take these pesky mosquitoes with them. Thanks for all of the suggestions.
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    I have used Avon Skin so Soft bath oil, on dogs and on my horses. Part that, and part water,in a spray bottle. Bugs don't like it!
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