What Plants Repel Mosquitoes?

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Plants that repel mosquitoes are strong-smelling herbs, such as mint, lavender and basil, or hot spices, such as cinnamon, thyme or cayenne pepper. Repel mosquitoes naturally with information from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to talk about what plants repel mosquitoes, so there's lots of different plants that repel mosquitoes, and so there could be an endless list of what you can grow, but basically, any real spicy herb will repel a mosquito. For example, this is spearmint, and it's been outside, and actually it looks like the slugs have gotten into it, but I know from experience, that mosquitoes don't really mess with any type of mints, so by just putting some mints up on the table, if you have company or food, or have a barbecue, it will stop the mosquitoes from hanging out in that area, and especially any type of herb, where it's cinnamon or thyme, or any type of cayenne pepper, or red hot chili pepper. They really don't like any hard spices, so if you grow those spices, or even sprinkle those spices in that area, it will repel mosquitoes. Now, eucalyptus oil is also great at repelling mosquitoes, and by just cutting some branches and putting them in bouquets, or actually rubbing the oil on your body, or just having some eucalyptus plants mixed in with your other plants, you'll find that the mosquitoes won't hang out in that area, but the most important thing that you can do to repel mosquitoes, is to not have any standing water, anywhere in the area, because that's where they're going to lay their eggs, and make their babies, and so if you get rid of any of the standing water, generally you'll get rid of the mosquitoes, and just by putting any type of olive oil or eucalyptus oil, or even vegetable oil, on your body, and rubbing spearmint, or cayenne pepper on yourself too, you will repel mosquitoes, and then that way, they won't be such an issue, and you can protect yourself, and your garden.