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Consumer: Mosquito repellent tips

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With news of a second West Nile-related death in Dallas, consumers are on high alert to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

Everyone knows that eliminating standing water and using a bug spray that contains DEET can reduce the number of mosquitoes in their yard.

But what are other cheap fixes?

Enlist in the help of nature in the fight against West Nile by landscaping with plants like rosemary, catnip, marigolds or citronella grass which naturally repel mosquitoes.

Speaking of landscaping, keeping hedges trimmed also helps standing water evaporate and increases sun and wind exposure – all of which helps keep out mosquitoes.

Replace outdoor lights with yellow bug lights or LED bulbs. Both have frequencies which mosquitoes aren't attracted to.

While mosquitoes love light, they hate wind and they're discouraged from flying through any steady breeze. So, adding some fans around the deck will keep them away while keeping everyone cool.

And when eliminating standing water isn't an option like in a pool or fish pond, add a product that contains something called BTI. It's a natural bacterium that if consumed by mosquitoes kills them.

The tips should be used in addition to covering up whenever possible and avoiding outdoor activity in the early morning and evening hours when mosquitoes are at their worst.

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