Plants don’t repel mosquitoes, their oils do

Plant oil repels mosquitos

Q: What plants repel mosquitoes?

A: Plants don’t repel mosquitoes, their oils do. A few plants, like lemongrass, scented geranium, and lavender contain plant oils in the leaves. When the leaves are crushed and rubbed on your skin the scented oil might give you thirty minutes of relief from mosquitoes. No plant sitting by itself on your deck will repel the biting beasts.

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