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Modern mosquito repellents generally do a pretty good job of keeping the bugs away, but toxic chemicals often top their lists of ingredients. The good news is that there are plants you can easily grow, and place strategically around your deck and patio, that will deter flying pests.
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Citronella, one of the most popular, is very effective and easy to grow. In colder climates, it’s best to use planters, so you can bring Citronella plants inside when the temperature drops. Catnip is another good choice. (Be aware, though, that as it repels mosquitoes, it may attract neighborhood cats!)
Marigolds are an excellent option for border plants. Mosquitoes hate their scent and will avoid entering bordered areas. Finally, why not grow herbs that repel mosquitoes? That list includes basil, garlic, lemongrass, and rosemary. Pick the leaves you need for cooking, and leave the rest to keep the bugs at bay!
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