Melinda's Garden Moment: Eco-friendly Mosquito Control
Don't let mosquitoes prevent you from
enjoying your garden this summer. A fan
and a bit of outdoor housekeeping will help you manage these pests.
by eliminating standing water in the yard. Buckets, old tires and clogged gutters and downspouts that hold water
make the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Clear the gutters, empty stagnant water and
store items upside down or in the garage.
the water in birdbaths once a week and keep the water in ponds and pools
moving. Or use B.t.i. (Bacillus thuringiensis
israelensis) to kill any mosquito larvae that do hatch. These eco-friendly products will not harm
birds, fish, pets or children that may drink or play in the water.
a bit more protection while gardening and sitting or eating outdoors. Your neighbors may think you are crazy but
use a fan to create a gentle breeze that keeps the weak flying mosquitoes away
from you and your guests.
Let nature lend a
hand. Bats and birds consume mosquitoes
as part of their diets. Avoid using
pesticides, install nesting boxes and create a backyard wildlife friendly
landscape to invite these mosquito predators into your backyard.