SAN ANTONIO -- Forget about fogging, spraying and DEET repellents. Some people are looking for natural alternatives to protect themselves and their homes against mosquitoes that could be carrying the West Nile Virus.
So what are some of the solutions?
We know the basics, like getting rid of standing water and keeping lawns mowed short, but there's also other organic ways, like using scented plants.
"It's just the actual scent that deters them away," said Travis Barnes, a plant expert with Rainbow Garden.
It's a scent that naturally irritates mosquitoes by keeping them away for several feet. So, plants like lemongrass and marigold are selling fast at Rainbow Gardens.
Barnes said people are turning to Mother Nature to protect themselves from the virus.
"Another very common one is the citronella. That's what they used with candles. That plant itself will repel them three to four feet," said Barnes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control more than 40 people across the country have died from the virus and half of those are in Texas. They said it's the largest outbreak ever recorded.
Barnes said people are planting the natural mosquito repellents all around their home.
"They're naturally really easy to to maintain some water and fertilizer," he said.
If you keep the marigolds in pots placing them by your door you may be able to keep those pesky bugs from going inside your home.
Marigolds are seasonal, but the other plants are year-around. Prices vary depending on their size.