Alright so we've figured out natural ways to kill off flies. And we have one option for keeping insects at bay. But the other day we were reading (for the first time) Rachel Ray's Everyday and were surprised with her simple tip for keeping mosquitos away: The magazine claims that adding a vase of fresh basil, or in our case a pot of growing basil, to the area will naturally repel mosquitos. So if you're dining outside, add some to the table, if they're bothering you in your sleep, put some on the nightstand. Also, did you know that Vanilla is also an insect repellent? Has anyone tried either?