Citronella oil is derived from a tropical Asian grass by the same name
and is quite similar to Lemon Grass.
Both grasses are credited with insect-repellent properties.
Citronella Grass has bluish-green, lemony-scented leaves.
Citronella oil is the active ingredient in many natural mosquito repellents
, and the most popular active ingredient in bug repellent candles.
Citronella is credited with repelling mosquitoes, no-see-ums and fleas,
among other insect pests.
Citronella candles, citronella torches, citronella oil lamps and lanterns
all emit the characteristic citrus scent of citronella oil when burning.
This scent is an insect repellent; it does not injure or kill the bugs.
Instead, the scent of citronella confuses the mosquito, masks
the smell of humans and animals,
and interferes with the mosquito’s ability to find a target to bite.
The keys to successfully repelling insect pests at an outdoor party are to:
1 Use strong scented candles or torches.
2 Have enough candles to spread around the area.
3 Have large enough candles or enough candles that they will last
as long as people want to be outside.
Jar candles, also called container candles, make the best citronella candles because no wax is wasted.
Instead of dripping down the candle, all of the wax remains in the container and eventually gets burned.
The longer the citronella oil infused wax burns, the longer the bugs don’t bite.
Light citronella candles around your outdoor parties and gatherings for a nontoxic way to prevent pests.