Mosquito Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Birmingham, AL
Question by PNMIN
February 20, 1999
I have seen Mosquito Plants advertised that say they repel mosquitoes with their scent. Is this true? If so how many would I need outside to keep mosquitoes away?

Answer from NGA
February 20, 1999


These plants contain substances like the oil citronella. When the leaves are brushed or crushed they give off a scent. Several other plants contain this oil too.

Technically they do repel mosquitoes from the plant itself. However, a few plants around the patio will not keep mosquitoes off you and your garden party guests!

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