Tips Keeping Mosquitoes Out Of Your Garden
Gardening Tips – Anyone with a beautiful garden, patio or deck will certainly enjoy sitting outside on a warm summer’s day or evening. But if there is one thing that can spoil it for you, it is mosquitoes. Sometimes, it only takes one of two persistent mosquitoes to make your blood boil. Mosquitoes are a pest for sure, but they can also be a health hazard, spreading dengue fever and malaria and several other really nasty diseases. So how do you go about keeping mosquitoes out of your garden?
Maybe you cannot realistically hope to keep mosquitoes out of your garden completely, but there are some things you can do to deter them and keep their numbers down. Stopping them procreating in your garden is the first step to take. Mosquitoes do not have a long flying range. Many of the mosquitoes that trouble you in your garden will have been born in your garden.
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water, so make certain that there is none in your garden. They will lay eggs in water vats, dogs’ bowls, water that has pooled in old tires, bottles and tins and your rubbish bins, so make sure that no water can gather anywhere. Blocked gutters are another breeding site. If you have a water feature, put fish in it to eat the larvae.
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water
Mosquitoes detect the scent of lemon, so you could grow citronella plants, lemon thyme, lemongrass, and even a lemon tree if the climate is right. Otherwise, you could burn citronella scented candles or oil in the surrounding area They not only keep the mosquitoes at bay, but the aroma is very fresh and invigorating.
If they are still plaguing you, you may have to resort to mosquito repellent. You could impregnate your clothing with permethrin like the army does for jungle combat or just rub a DEET-based brand on your skin. There are also a lot of green mosquito repellents too, such as lemon oil, citronella and eucalyptus oil.
Garlic is said to deter mosquitoes, so you could try growing garlic close at hand. It is also believed to ward off ticks and has proven to keep back greenfly (aphids) from roses. What could be better, especially if you like garlic too?
You could hang up one or two of those lanterns that attract insects to them and then vapourize them with a high voltage current. These electric bug zappers are especially proficient at killing mosquitoes and house flies, which can also be a nuisance when you are sitting outside.
They are inexpensive and will go on for years. They give off a pleasing glow and some promise to be able to de-infest areas of a quarter, a half and even a full acre of the terrain of all winged insects by the use of the ultraviolet light and pheromones.
By using some or all of the above techniques of clearing mosquitoes out of your garden, you should be able to have your drink, a chat or a snooze in uninterrupted peace and freedom from flies and mosquitoes.
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