KEEPING AWAY PESTS - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by bsarmiento
September 17, 2009
IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN PLANT TO KEEP MOSQUITOS & ANTS AWAY?


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Answer from NGA
September 17, 2009

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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. Hope this helps!

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