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Mozzie repellant plants?

I am buliding a cubby house for my 3 young kids to play in and it will be close to may neighbour's fence. Their yard has a lot of shaded areas with ferns etc and we get lots of mozzies, even in the middle of the day. I was wondering if there was some plants I could plant around the cubby as a natural mozzie repellant rather than spraying the kids every time they want to go in the backyard?

Submitted: 08:48AM, 07 Apr 2010
Answer: Dear Terry,

There is a tree called Leptospermum liversidgei ‘Mozzie Blocker’. It is claimed that this cultivar has a higher concentration of citronella that is usual for the species and that mass planting of this cultivar can deter mosquitos. You may need to do some more research on this plant to see just how effective it is against deterring mosquitos. Being a Leptospermum, it is a hardy shrub and looks particularly attractive as a hedge or screen. Even with this planting, you will probably still need to protect your children with a mozzie repellent.

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