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Kajay’s Enviro Protocol

November 25, 2014 By: kajay Category: Enviro Spray and Protocol, Kajay's Recipes

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Boric acid + IGR  + knockdown
  • 1 Gallon covers my 2500 sq foot house and my SUV
  • I spray this only twice a year
I fired my pest control operators because they came in, sprayed, and the critters immediately hid from the spray everywhere I did not want them to go: my bed, dresser, and hanging clothes, as well as in any debris lying around. After I read an article in National Allergy magazine about using boric acid to help control dust mites, I devised this recipe. It takes a few weeks to kick in and it is easy to think that it is not this that makes things better – but in my case, it _is_ what made things better. A lot better. I find out if I go past the six month mark (I do this every July 4 and Christmas, that way I don’t forget).
Remember–this is what works for me. I am not qualified to offer a professional opinion or to tell you what you should or should not do, or what is safe or what is not safe.

WHERE I SPRAY

  • I spray me first!
  • I spray where I don’t want them to go second
  • I spray a grid pattern to leave them a place to escape
And yes, it does last that long. I have been doing this for years now and it still is the best thing I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a lot, like you).
Warning: Do not use this on anything a child or pet might chew.

DETAILS

Preparation

If I have time, I vacuum. But if I don’t have time to vacuum, I spray anyway. The sooner the better.
Recipe
In a gallon sprayer, I–
  • Add 1 quart hot water
  • Stir in 1/2 Cup orthoboric acid (Eaton’s brand is cheap and available online)
  • Add the manufacturer recommended amount of ANY brand of insect growth regulator
  • Add a people-friendly knockdown like Enzyme Cleaner with Peppermint or Orange Plus (tho a little Pine Sol might be okay too)
  • Mix thoroughly then fill sprayer to fill line
Strategy
I spray a fine but solid stream around everywhere I don’t want the critters to run once I start spraying:
  • ME (especially shoes/boots)
  • Beds
  • Dressers where I am still able to store my clothes (thx to menthol crystals)
  • Closets where I am still able to let my clothes hang
  • Electrical sockets, light switches and fixtures
  • Around window and door frames
Technique
I spray two thin streams around the walls, one at knee level and the other just below the ceiling. I “paint” around obstacles like big furniture but make sure I keep the line solid. The thin stream helps ensure I can spray my whole 2500 sq ft home with one gallon. The solid part ensures that the critters on the walls can go nowhere without “crossing streams.”
Follow-Up
I do this on July 4 and Christmas. If I go eight months I start having problems, including “fliers.”

 

Kajay’s Body Lotion and Clothing Spray

July 06, 2013 By: kajay Category: Kajay's Recipes, Tips

Here are my best and most effective recipes and protocols.  These ingredients, recipes, and protocols might not work for you, or you might be allergic to the ingredients, so test carefully before using, and use at your own risk. Remember, this is not medical advice. This is about what works for me.

 

The body lotion and clothing spray share common ingredients (Pink Oil, Agrilabs Foot and Hoof Rot Spray [a benzalchonium chloride solution], and Legacy Herbs Insect Repellent) because they work for me. My Enviro Spray consists only of an insect growth regulator, boric acid, and a detergent as knockdown.

 

I have no connection to any of the manufacturers other than to Sue Lukens at Legacy Herbs, and that is only an email acquaintance. I once thought it would be great if we had a webstore where we could find all the “stuff” many of us use, but decided I did not want to do that after all.

 

Remember, there are no guarantees that what works for me will work for you. Also, as always, whatever each of us as adults chooses to do or use in order to cope with our own situation is our own personal choice, and our own personal risk. I use these products, and the others I use, at my own risk, as do you with the things you do and use.

 

~~~ My Personal Protocol ~~~

 

Here are the main components of my personal protocols:

 

Hair

 

Daily lice combing with a Hartz flea comb and a nice conditioner for my color-treated hair, followed by an equally nice shampoo for color-treated hair and then more conditioner.

 

Body

 

Tub bath with my treatment du jour (varies, but I prefer to think of them all as my bubble bath), followed by application of my body lotion recipe.

 

Clothes

 

I always bathe before going to bed. But if when I get up in the morning I don’t have time for another leisurely tub bath, I comb if I have time, or at least throw on some hair product and dry my hair while still in my pajamas (one-time wear only). Right before I get dressed, I spray my socks and clothing with my insect repellent mixture.

 

~~~ My Body Lotion ~~~

 

Equipment

 

Mixing container

Any 1 to 4 quart (gallon) container that you can seal up, then pick up and shake. I use those large clear plastic iced tea bottles with the sturdy handles and orange cap (hold cap when shaking bottle), but similar container that you have on hand is fine. You can also mix this up in a pitcher, but you will need a large wire whisk to mix it with.

Funnel

Must be large enough so that I can stick it in the mixing container, turn up a quart Pink Oil bottle, go off and leave it, and when I come back the bottle will have drained completely into my mixing container.

 Dispensing container

I use a melamine bowl, small at the bottom, but stable, and wide at the top so I can easily scoop the lotion out.

 

Ingredients

 

Critical

  • 1 to 4 quarts of Luster Pink Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Agrilabs Foot and Hoof Rot Spray for each quart of Pink Oil
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Legacy Herbs Insect Repellent for each quart of Pink Oil

Optional

  • 1/4 to 1/2 Cup Aveeno (any lotion) for each quart of Pink Oil (the wax in it speeds lotion drying plus it calms skin)
  • 1 tube of Miconazole or Clotrimazole Vaginal Cream for each quart of Pink Oil

 

Instructions

 

 Add ingredients in order listed above. Cap container and shake or stir with wire whisk.

 

Effects (Mine)

 

This body lotion recipe seems to reduce movement and biting throughout the day for me. It does not eliminate it, but it makes getting through a day possible.

 

~~~ My Clothing Spray ~~~

Equipment

 

1-quart spray bottle with a good sprayer that allows a fine mist. Sprayers in inexpensive bottles seem to be better and better, so an inexpensive bottle will usually work. One I like is the Zep quart spray bottle. I have found these for under $4 at Home Depot, but others will work as well.

Ingredients and Mixing Procedure

 

I fill the quart spray bottle 1/5 full with the hoof spray, add 1/2 dropper of insect repellent, and then fill the bottle with water. If I am going to be outside a lot, I add a couple more drops of the insect repellent to whatever is left in the quart bottle.

Spraying Technique

 

I am careful to spray only a fine mist and keep the bottle moving. Otherwise the pink hoof spray will spot my light clothing (I wear mostly dark pants and bold print tops to hide it just in case). Pants legs get a little extra spray, and I spray my socks pretty thoroughly–damp, not wet–and wad them up to let the chemical spread through the fibers for a few seconds before I put them on (optional).

Effects (Mine)

 

This spray SEEMS to do two things for me: repel flying insects, and prevent fallout biting. It also seems to work for about 8 to 10 hours for me, longer in cooler environments, even as long as 14 to 16 hours.