Mosquitoes hate plants containing the natural compound called citronella oil. Some plants containing this oil are lemon grass, lemon thyme and a species of geranium known as mosquito plant or mosquito shoo. However, the plant alone does not repel mosquitoes. The leaves must be crushed, releasing the citronella oil.
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