Aromatic plants in bird nests as a protection against blood-sucking flying insects?

@article{Lafuma2001AromaticPI,
  title={Aromatic plants in bird nests as a protection against blood-sucking flying insects?},
  author={Lucile Lafuma and Marcel M. Lambrechts and Michel Raymond},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
  year={2001},
  volume={56},
  pages={113-120}
}
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