The Q&A Archives: Mosquito Repellent Plants

Question: I have heard that there is a certain plant that helps get rid of mosquitos. If this is true, could someone give me some information on this plant? Thanks in advance. Matt Williams Ringgold, GA

Answer: Several herbal oils repel mosquitoes, including citronella, wormwood, and pennyroyal. Generally these oils or lotions made with them are applied directly to the skin or clothing. It is possilble that, if planted directly in the garden, these plants might have a repellent effect. However, I would imagine you would need to injure the plant in some way--by crushing the leaves or even mowing--to release the oils and aroma.

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