Wow, thanks for the great info, everyone! Gabby, I was looking for plants to keep them out of the yard. That seems to be where I have the most problems, and I don't really need anything to keep them off me personally. I can't wait to give all these a try, you guys rock!
I mentioned plants because I thought you wanted plants that repel them. If you're looking for something to repel them from yourself, I tried a new product by "Off" (I think). It has a small fan and a repellant, and you can wear it or place it near you.I think that's what Cinderrelic was referring to. It worked for me. Mosquitoes usually love me! We were camping in the woods and this really worked...no bites when I used it.
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How about the Citrosa plant! We used to have horrible mosquito problems in Hawaii and we used to rub the citrosa on ourselves and mosquitos would completely leave us alone. Hard to find though, some greenhouses have it. Looks like a big weed!
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This article gives a number of plants that help to repel mosquitoes. chemistry.about.com/cs/howthingswork /a /aa050503a.htm The plants will probably only work in a small area around where they are planted, about the area where they can be smelled. For personal protection, I put a small amount of essential oil in a spray bottle with water and spritz my exposed skin. Personally I like the smell of lavender and lemon grass so I use those most often. The oils are not as effective as DEET but I don't like using all those chemicals on my skin.
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I don't have many if any mosquitoes but I have always heard that if you drink pickle juice before you go out they are repelled by the smell from your skin. Also, before he died my husband bought us some electronic repellents that you wear on your belt. They take a battery and it has an on and off switch. I have not tried it yet this year and I will be using it for ticks but I am going to try it this year and see if it works on ticks. I think they are primarily for mosquitoes though.
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There is a repellant that I get at Vitamin Cottage that comes in purple bottles. On a camping trip in Wyoming, it worked better than the strongest DEET products. I'm not at home, so I can't tell you the brand, but it was the only one in purple.
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As for plants; there are scented geraniums that they refer to as the "Mosquito" plant. Also, the herb Rue is good for repelling mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, beetles, slugs and CATS! I planted some because I had ants in one of my raised beds but it didn't completely get rid of them (then again I never heard that it would!). I'm going to plant it near my broccoli and chinese cabbage this year to see if it will deter flea beetles. I started it from seed.
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I've looked online, and I know there things I can do to repel mosquitos naturally. I'm wondering how effective these things are, however. Has anyone had any success with this? I'm trying to convince hubby to mow the lawn more often, but he's trying to get more grass to grow so he likes to let it go long. SO frustrating, for me and the dogs trying to manuever! We do not have any standing water in our yard, so that's an easy check. One of the things I've read are planting catnip (I think there are too many loose cats around for this to be ideal), and lavender, and I'm wondering how many of these plants do I need for this to be effective? Are there any other plants that would work? Any other ideas, or experiences, you can share?
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