Plants That Repel Mosquitos

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I live in Gadsden, Alabama, close to a wooded area. Short of marinating in mosquito-repelling sprays and burning Citronella products, are there any plants I can plant in my yard or in containers that would help to repel these pesky critters? I love spending time outdoors, but I can be outside and within 5 minutes feel anemic from the attacks.
Thanks so much!!

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Answer #2 · Cristie Wentz's Answer · In my garden, I find that planting 'smelly' plants along the common walkways makes it simple to bruch the plants and release the oils in my favorite mosquito deterents. Strong smelling mints, pennyroyal, rue ( if you like it!), and russian sage are pleasant ways to foil the bloodsuckers. For years I've crushed the leaves of mint and pennyroyal on my skin to keep 'em away. Be careful, though, I'm told that pennyroyal can be a skin irritant for some people.)

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Answer #3 ·'s Answer · Lemon Balm and Lemon-scented Geranium are two others that will help to repel mosquitos.)

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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Melissa - It is important to note that it is compounds found within the plants that do the repelling. These compounds need to be released from the plant to unlock the mosquito-repelling qualities. Depending on the species of plant, they can be released by either crushing, drying, or infusing the plant into an oil or alcohol base that can be applied to skin, clothing, or living spaces. Others are best used as as a smudge, which releases the compounds in a smoke. Just standing near living plants that repel mosquitoes is often not effective.

A few plants are said to ward off mosquitoes because of their unappealing smell. How well they work in repelling mosquitoes is determined by the amount of plants in the area, temperature (climate), and wind direction. The crushing of these plants leaves and rubbing on the skin would be more advantageous than the plant itself.

A few plants that are listed as being somewhat helpful in repealing mosquitoes are, Citonella, Horsement, Marigolds, Ageratum, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Geranium flower, and Catnip.


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