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Mosquito Repellent Plants

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).

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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.

By T.H.

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Mosquito Repellent Plants

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)

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