How to Control Mosquitoes in Your Garden Naturally
In order to reduce mosquitoes, you have to take measures at every stage of the life cycle. While they are chemical pesticides available at your local garden store, most of them are toxic and can be detrimental towards your health and the ecosystem over time.
In this post, I will recommend some natural solutions towards keeping the buggers out of your piece of paradise. Not only are the solutions safe for you, but they are beneficial for the environment and easy on your wallet.
Mosquitoes are known as parasites with a distinct tube-like mouthpiece that pierces the skin of the host to feed. Thousand of species feed on blood from various types of hosts from other mammals as well as humans.
The problem arises when the potential for the insect to carry diseases like the West Nile virus, Yellow fever and Malaria to name a few, are very high and dangerous.
The mosquitoes have four notable life stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult.
Disruption the life cycle at any point can reduce the mosquito population in your garden.
In nature, mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water and breed in the summer.
Mosquitoes do not need larger areas of water like lakes, canals or pools in order to breed. In fact, they can capable of breeding in a small bottle cap of water.
Because of this, it is best to reduce the mosquitoes by eliminating all origins of standing water.
Most gardeners frequently keep open buckets and containers around the garden. It’s a habit, especially when they are great tools for transporting soil from one spot to another or for watering plants. But, it is best to cover or empty them from water or potential rainwater.
Now suppose you have a water feature such as a birdbath or a rain barrel? In comes the mosquito dunk. Mosquito dunks are floating rings of a natural larvicide that are harmless to wildlife, pets, fishes and birds. One dunk treats a 100 foot area for 30 days. Dunks can be purchased online or at your local household/garden store.
If you have a swimming pool, it is best to maintain it properly and use a pool cover when not in use. The best one is a solar pool cover because not only does it covers your pool but it keeps the water warm and reduces evaporation.
Since we are on the subject of maintenance, be sure to keep grass trimmed and eliminate debris on the lawn. Any beds of English Ivy can provide thick vegetation for mosquitoes to breed in.
You can also enhance your surroundings by planting herbs and plants that repel mosquitoes:
Herbs like catnip, lavender, lemon balm, basil, rosemary, and thyme
I planted lavender, basil, thyme, and rosemary adjacent to the pool and it produces an amazing collaborative scent that wafts the air during the day. An added bonus- the colorful visual appeal it provides to the backyard!
Another strategy comes from the help of other friends in the wildlife. For instance, Dragonflies are natural predators against mosquitoes. Dragonflies snack on mosquitoes at two stages: when the mosquitoes are larvae and when they are matured.
In order to attract dragonflies, place small ponds with flat rock surfaces for them to land on. Also, plant one or more of the following garden beauties to provide a little home base for a family:
Another mosquito snacker is the Purple Martins. These majestic birds feed on mosquitoes during day. Using a homegrown gourd or nesting boxes are great to provide a home space for the winged garden friends.
By taking these integrated approaches to put your garden to work, mosquitoes will have no choice but to abandon. Your piece of paradise belongs to you and not the Bloodsucker society!
What’s your favorite natural solution that you use in your garden? Were any of these suggestions helpful? Share + Comment below!