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iVillage: 10 Ways to Keep Mosquitos Out of Your Yard

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Grow Your Own Repellents

If you’re interested in more natural ways to keep mosquitos away, there are many plants with mosquito-repelling properties. You may have seen citronella candles, but some gardeners suggest growing the plant itself. The plants cost about $6 each. Consider also growing pennyroyal, a plant in the mint family that mosquitos hate because of the smell (ants and mice hate it, too). Some also swear by basil and lemongrass, which has higher concentrations of citronella in its oils. Lesser known? Catnip, which has oils that can be as effective as DEET, according to "The Healthy Home" by Dr. Myron Wentz and Dave Wentz. These natural methods may keep mosquitos away from the immediate area but they won’t necessarily eradicate the problem, warns Damien Sanchez, owner of Mosquito Squad D.C. “I don’t believe you’re going to experience any kind of permanent rest from the mosquitos,” he says.

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