Despite the claims made on “Mosquito Plants” (lemon-scented geranium or “citronella plant”) sold at big box stores, the plants themselves don’t repel mosquitoes. It’s the oil inside the leaves that have properties that can repel mosquitoes. You would have to crush the leaves to extract these oils. Then you would have to rub these oils on your skin. Planting them in your landscape will do little to repel mosquitoes.
The best way to control and prevent mosquitoes is by disrupting the mosquito life-cycle.
Here are some effective mosquito control measures to take at home and in the yard.
Learn which mosquito control products work and which ones are gimmicks.
Protect yourself and your family by learning more about mosquito repellents.
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