Catnip Fends Off Mosquitoes
"It's always important for us to look for newer, more effective strategies, and this idea certainly sounds interesting," says Kimberly Thompson, ScD, an assistant professor of risk analysis and decision science at Harvard University School of Public Health in Boston. She also recommends another way, in addition to repellent, to combat mosquitoes of any kind. "If you're going to be out in the early evening or early morning when mosquitoes are most active, wear long-sleeved shirts."
Mark Brown, PhD, an associate professor of entomology at the University of Georgia in Athens, has another suggestion. "The key to mosquito control is personal responsibility," he tells WebMD. "Get rid of standing water around your house and in your neighborhood."