Can Plants Really Repel Mosquitoes? Only If You Use Them a Certain Way

This might bug some folks, but while there have been quite a few claims that suggest simply growing certain plants in your yard will deter or even repel mosquitoes, we don't quite have the science to back that up.

Extracting the Oils

There is no doubt that some botanical compounds repel mosquitoes, but most often they have to be extracted from the plant to be effective. Certain plants have natural chemicals that can work in one of three ways to take the sting out of mosquito season here in Texas: They can mask human scents, actively repel mosquitoes (to some degree), or contain substances toxic to insects.

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