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Oil of citronella is one type of effective mosquito repellent. Oil of citronella is the active ingredient in many of the candles, torches, or coils that may be burned to produce a smoke that repels mosquitoes. These are useful outdoors (only under windless conditions). They can be effective yet they are stationary and only protect a limited area. (they are ideal for keeping mosquitoes away from homes, barbeques, camp sites, etc.). If you want to keep mosquitoes off of your person while being active, or traveling out of a certain area, however, repellents applied to the body or clothing are a better choice.