rue for flies?

Lvz7April 16, 2013

I have heard that rue helps deter flies. How many plants are needed to keep flies away from, say, a back door area where kids go in and out all day and a tired husband tries to relax in the evening?

Does the plant smell nasty?

I have seen mixed reviews on this site regarding skin reactions it may cause; some say its safe, others say its dangerous. Why such a difference of opinion?

If not rue, what plant would you recommend to deter flies?

Thanks so much for your feedback!

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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

1.) Never had any plant deter bugs unless I rubbed it on my person/clothes.

2.) I wouldn't say rue smells great but I don't think rue smells nasty. I think it smells strongly herbal.

3.) Difference of opinion on the skin reactions? Because we aren't all the same. Some react, some don't. I personally have never known anyone to react to rue so I don't suspect it is a common problem.

FataMorgana

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