Superhero insect repellent citronella oil is classified as a non-toxic pesticide by the Environmental Protection Agency—and has a scent as unmistakably associated with summer as suntan lotion’s.
Derived from a tropical grass (Cymbopogon nardus) native to south Asia, oil of citronella confuses insects by camouflaging other smells; this makes it difficult for insects to locate their feeding targets (you and me).
Citronella oil will safeguard a garden party; we’ve rounded up 10 candles, incense, coils, and torches to keep you safe from marauding mosquitoes:
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