Your outdoor spaces will be clear of mosquitoes if you plant one or more of these natural mosquito-repellent plants.
ILLUSTRATION: CHRISTINE ERIKSON
Dramatic headlines notwithstanding, in 2011 there were only 690 reported cases of West Nile virus in the United States and 43 deaths from the virus. Only 20 percent of people who contract West Nile virus develop any symptoms at all, and, in most cases, these flu-like symptoms are mild.
Homemade mosquito traps are worth trying.
Rose-scented monarda (aka bee balm) is a beautiful perennial that is rich in geraniol, an effective mosquito repellent.