JUNE 20, 2005 -- Arnie Mason is a retired television and radio broadcaster. He hates mosquitoes, so when his wife's co-worker suggested a remedy, he was all ears.
Now Mason is trying a special brew. He says you can see the lush, green spots on his lawn where the special concoction was sprayed.
"I've seen no effect, no detrimental effect, to my lawn at all. The good effect is that we haven't had any mosquitoes," says Mason.
The recipe consists of three household ingredients- epsom salts, beer and Listerine. Mason combines a third of each in a garden sprayer, then wets everything in his yard. He was told one application lasts the season.
"I sprayed my bushes. I sprayed my tree. I sprayed my tree last week. It's still healthy. I sprayed that bush last week. It's still healthy. I sprayed my wife's flower garden. They're sprouting like crazy. The yard's still alive, and the front yard is showing the greatest improvement I think in growth," says Mason.
The formula sounded odd to horticulturist Julie Riley, but she had good things to say about one of the ingredients.
"Epsom salts contain magnesium which is a type of fertilizer, so that would be healthy to plants in a small amount. The only research I've seen on beer, stale beer, has to do with attracting slugs so that they drowned and Listerine has a high alcohol content in it so that can't be good for plants," says Riley.
"It seems to be healthy for the lawn and unhealthy for the bugs," says Mason. So for now, Mason plans to continue using the special brew to keep the pesky bugs at bay.