Citronella candles work to repel mosquitoes, but the most effective area is only where the smoke is concentrated. Burn citronella candles and apply citronella oil on the skin to repel mosquitoes with information from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.
Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to ask the question do citronella candles really work? Now, citronella candles are a product that's found almost anywhere, and they're sold as mosquito repellents. They have citronella in them, and that's an oil that comes from the lemon grass plant. And there's other types of plants too, lemon balm, that produces some citronella. They take the oil and they put it in wax, and just like any other candle and then you can burn it. And if you're having a picnic, or you're having a get together, or a barbecue; especially in the evening hours when there's lots of flies and lots of mosquitoes around you put em' out there just like any candle and it puts out the citronella, and a lot of times the mosquitoes will not come near that area. So, in theory it really works well, but in actuality it only helps in the area right where the smoke is going, so any other area; it's not really covered. So, it can help a lot if you are having a get together, because near the food you won't have a lot of the mosquitoes. But it's not foolproof; they'll still get around you. And I still recommend always putting just some oil on your skin so that the mosquitoes don't bite you directly, because they might get away from the candle but a lot of times they'll still bite you. So, just putting any type of oil on your exposed areas, and that will stop the mosquitoes from biting you as well.