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chicky
04-09-2008, 01:15 PM
hi
the other day i was at carrefour and found a liquid solution called "serai wangi", which said to rid unwanted pest.. eg ants, lizard, cockroach etc. Its a local brand and wonder if anyone has used it before??is it safe to use it as a foor cleaner ??

cml
04-09-2008, 01:30 PM
It is actually lemon grass and it is a natural insect repellant.

ginaphan
04-09-2008, 01:32 PM
I'd be careful about using it as a food cleaner as I don't know what else they put in it to make the liquid solution.

There *probably* would have artificial fragrance and coloring.

kwchang
04-09-2008, 01:34 PM
I'd be careful about using it as a food cleaner ...
I believe chicky said floor cleaner ;) ... speed-reading error? :D

ginaphan
04-09-2008, 01:40 PM
Oh, should have realised that. Speed reading ....

snoopywhite
05-09-2008, 09:10 PM
That is actually liquid floor cleaner... so pls... dun use to wash food items

I used that (still using too) cos smells nice when mopping the floor.
Hmmm... repellent or not... not sure... cos my house no pest (at least not in sight) heheh :)

ginaphan
06-09-2008, 08:23 PM
For floor cleaning and repellent, try home made enzymes.

birdy
07-09-2008, 08:57 AM
hi
the other day i was at carrefour and found a liquid solution called "serai wangi", which said to rid unwanted pest.. eg ants, lizard, cockroach etc. Its a local brand and wonder if anyone has used it before??is it safe to use it as a foor cleaner ??
Well, I don't use it as floor cleaner but I used it to wipe on area where ant are entering. I find it not useful. Yes, it will repel the ant the moment u put..b'coz of the smell of the lemon grass... but after a day or two..u will see the ants moving freely at that place again. Unless u r hardworking enough to apply everyday..Otherwise, use normal floor cleaner to wipe clean the place.

My advise to you is don't use this to replace your normal floor cleaner as they will be a very strong lemon grass smell after you applied. Your guests will run away very fast. :)

fRaNkY
07-09-2008, 09:13 AM
Why not get lemon grass and wave it into a door mat :D n slippers ?

Wifey usually left some lemon grass on table, cupboard etc. (Why not in the car?)

Lemon grass (wax) also keeps away mosquito.

One resort in PD I went recently lit lemon grass candle by the buffet table to keep away tables... problem is, the place nearthe beach and the wind is quite strong :D

izni.idris
08-09-2008, 07:07 PM
I bought a bottle at Mydin 2 months ago even before Carrefour had a grand serai wangi sale. I had used mainly to repel houseflies at a place in Slim River where I had outdoor camping groups. This place during certain time of the year would be infested with flies and they would swarm the food on the table. So what we did was to dilute the solution into a spray bottle and sprayed the tables and surfaces where food was prepared. I must say it was very effective to solve the problem there were certainly less flies on the table tops. However I have tried it with ants at home and it is not that effective accept that I can see the ants wriggling in the spray mist on the table surface. Maybe I have to make a stronger solution to repel ants.

ginaphan
08-09-2008, 09:33 PM
Many eyars ago, my cousin recommended a type of white powder that you can get from the sinseh shop. It's supposed to be very effective against ants. But since I did not and so far have not had so much problems with ants, I have never tried it.

Maybe, just walk into the sinseh shop and tell them your problem.

Better ask them if the powder is safe for kids and pets.

denver
09-09-2008, 03:19 PM
Is lemon grass / serai wangi effective in repelling mosquitos? The area outside my kitchen is full of mosquitos, especially during dusk. Everytime we open our back door, mosquitos would fly into our house. I'm thinking of getting some natural mosquito repelling plants and put it near out back kitchen door. Is there places that sells serai in pots? And is serai wangi really effective?

LMei
09-09-2008, 04:22 PM
Yes, serai/lemon grass is effective in warding off mosquitoes. My sis used to hang this above her baby's cot. But she has to keep changing it once the smell goes off.

coleslaw
09-09-2008, 04:27 PM
serai wangi or citronella, not the common serai/lemongrass used for cooking..

QuietStorm
09-09-2008, 04:50 PM
Man, I am so clueless, but can anyone describe the smell of lemongrass? Haha. I'm sure I have smelled it before just that I don't know that's lemongrass. :D

gary yap
09-09-2008, 05:17 PM
The only time I see serai is in my tomyam gong :) Good idea for pest control.

chicky
09-09-2008, 10:24 PM
thanks everyone for your inputs... sorry typo error.. i was asking whether we can use it as floor cleaner not food hehe
Any ideas how to get rid of gecko lizard??they are driving me crazy.. with their poop and frightening me when they suddenly appeared from no where.. its getting out of hand.. every corner of my house has it.. yes i know they are suppose to help get rid of insects in my house, but i seem to have everything .. ants, gecko, spiders and cockroach... it seem to be only recently...before that none of those.. except one gecko living behind my tv..
Any suggestion??(i chuck the rubbish out every night...)thanks..

coleslaw
09-09-2008, 10:38 PM
check out this thread...
http://www.usj.com.my/bulletin/upload/showthread.php?t=16151

ginaphan
10-09-2008, 12:02 AM
I asked about gecko before. And it seems there is no way to get them to stay away except for some bizarre cruel and sadistic rituals, none of which I have tried.

denver
10-09-2008, 10:27 AM
Yes, serai/lemon grass is effective in warding off mosquitoes. My sis used to hang this above her baby's cot. But she has to keep changing it once the smell goes off.

Normally how long before the smell wear off?