Does any plant really repel mosquitoes?
They are already horrible this year and I would like natural things to repel them. I started some basil seeds but don't know if they really work or how many I would need. Does anyone know what plants really work?
Yes! Mosquito plant works stupendously. Basil and other herbs like lavender work quite well, and smell better. Mosquito plant smells a bit like citronella plant, which is another great bug chaser.
Yes, I live in Brazil and the Neem tree is planted a lot. Here it grows about 10 feet a year. They are planted in city centers as a deterrent for mosquitoes and are quite drought resistant. Many people here make a mixture of the leaves and water and spray it around the house.
Also, as was already stated, the citronella plant is a lovely plant to have and it smells wonderful. My dogs rub against it and come out smelling lemony.
Mint also does repel mosquitoes because it contains menthol which most insects including mosquitoes cannot not come near. I have used lemon grass in the past before with success.
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