Mosquitoes are spreading the 'West Nile' virus, we all know. Anyone outside hates being attacked by mosquitoes. Some plants repel mosquitoes. Such as: Horsemint, Marigolds, Ageratum, Mosquito Plants, Catnip (which is 10 times more effective than Deet).
Just planting these plants isn't enough, some of these leaves have to be crushed for the scent to be released. (Rosemary and Catnip-crush a few times & rub on your skin & clothing.) Don't rub the ageratum on your skin. Mosquito Plants are also called: Hummingbird Mint, Bubblegum Mint, Giant Hyssop or Giant Hummingbird Mint.
I can also tell you that our experience with citronella or mosquito plants has been quite positive. Last year, I had my large plant outside of my kitchen door. There had been a hornet's nest on the porch. The plant had been flowering at the time and within a day, we noted dead hornets near the plant. The hornets would come to the plant's flowers, and drop dead. This is a far better solution to this problem than synthetic pesticides. Seeing my husband and I have problems with chemicals, this has been a welcome finding. (06/29/2005)
By Lois Ann from New York
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