Last year, the West Nile Virus was a daily topic on our local news. The CDC reports that as of December 11, 2012, 48 states had reported cases of the West Nile disease in people, birds, or mosquitos. A total of 5,387 cases in people were reported, including 243 deaths. [source] While there's truly nothing we can do to prevent the spread of West Nile 100%, there are a few things we can do to help. Make sure you have good screens on your doors and windows, dump out any standing water, wear long sleeves and pants at dusk and dawn, and wear a safe homemade insect repellent when going outdoors during dusk or dawn. I'm not a fan of the trucks and planes that spray who knows what to kill mosquitos, but we have little control over that, too. Since now is the time for planting gardens and fixing up your yard, I was curious as to what plants might deter mosquitos from coming into our yard. Here are a few suggestions for mosquito repelling plants!