Suggestions for Mosquito Repellent That Works

We have a lot of mosquitoes around our house and I've tried everything I can think of to repel them, from store bought stuff to homemade remedies. Nothing seems to work. Has anyone used something either natural or store bought that has proven to work for you in repelling mosquitoes? Also, does hanging any kind of plant like catnip, lemon grass, etc. around the deck area keep them away? If so, what are the best plants to use? Any help would be great full.


By Linda Delcamp from Brighton, MI

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June 20, 20130 found this helpful

The citronella plant (also known as the mosquito plant) does seem to be effective in repelling 'skeeters. In combination with citronella candles and torches, the ones I planted and hung kept our veranda and BBQ areas 'skeeter free when I lived in the US Deep South (AL, FL, GA) for 20+ years.

Because of our climate in AL and FL I was able to plant most of my transplants directly into the ground. I also hung full baskets at head height next to entries to porch and house to keep the little beggars out and off at both their favoured 'buzzing' levels (near calves and around the face).


The foliage is pretty and brushing against the plant releases the citronella fragrance mosquitoes can't stand. Worked a treat, we were able to soak up lots of heat and sunshine to bring back to the UK in 2010 without going being bitten to shreds:) The following link has a lot of really good information in both the main article and in the numerous comments:

I also applied liberal and repeated amounts of original Skin-So-Soft bath oil (Avon Cosmetics) to all exposed skin, especially if we were away from the plant protected area of our home. That also worked well. Seemed to repel ticks too, from people and pets.

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