Natural and Effective Mosquito Repellent

We live in an area that’s right near a state park, so we have a great deal of flora and fauna, and so many mosquitos that for half the summer, it’s almost not worth going outside. We have this really nice patio,

Usually the table is clean, but last night there was a storm.

Usually the table is clean, but last night, there was a storm.

but we hardly ever use it because the mosquitos and gnats are so thick out there from May to October that it’s just not comfortable. When we are out there, we have to cover ourselves with OFF, and even then, the bugs may not bite, but they’re still everywhere.

So recently, I saw some posts on the boards claiming that live citronella plants would repel mosquitos, and decided to try it out.

The only problem was that citronella plants are really hard to find in my area. I’ve been to every garden store around, and in all was only able to find two of them. They have thick, fuzzy leaves that give off a kind of lemony scent when they are touched. Even though I only had the two, I  put them into 9″ pots on opposite sides of  the patio.

I've read that these plants will also flower in the summer, so that should be nice.

I’ve read that these plants will also flower in the summer, so that should be nice.

So far, they’ve been extremely effective. While the front yard is full of little flying creatures, (and they are thick this year because of the wet Spring) the area around the patio is totally clear! It’s been so nice to sit out there in the mornings with coffee, and to enjoy a family meal at the table. Overall, this was a pin that really worked. I’m hoping to find a few more to put around the front door as well.

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