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Mosquitoes are a valuable source of food for animals that reside in your yard, but that doesn't stop them from being a nuisance and potential health risk for humans. The best solution for banishing mosquitos from your yard is to discourage their presence with sights and smells they find unpleasant. Citronella candles and wearing light colors are a good start, but take your mosquito mission a step further by growing certain plants that effectively repel your tiny backyard enemies.

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1. Garlic

Mosquitoes dislike the strong scent of this versatile vegetable. Although it may not be at the top of your list when choosing plants for your garden, you might want to reconsider. In the latter part of the garlic plant’s life, it flowers into a tiny bunch of lime green, pink, or white florets which appear in late spring or early summer. The plant’s shoots emit a strong scent, which keeps mosquitoes away.

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