Keeping Mosquitoes Out of Your Summer Garden
gardens are filled with all kinds of pests at one time or another.
One pest that has potentially nasty health consequences to many
species that may be welcome additions to your summer garden habitat
is the very unwelcome mosquito. Keep reading to discover steps you
can take to keep mosquitoes from invading your personal space and
keep friends, families, and animals safe and protected in your
One way to minimize your exposure to mosquitoes is by minimizing
their ability to procreate. They must lay eggs in still water in
order to breed and you can remove as many sources of potential
breeding ground as possible by keeping your lawn and summer garden
area free of any debris that will allow even a minimal amount of
standing water to collect after a rainfall. This means you must
keep your gutters clean and free of debris, make sure all cans and
bottles are picked up and placed inside a garbage can that is
lidded. Keep lids on garbage cans at all times, and change animal
Burn citronella oil. This is highly effective at dusk when the
mosquitoes seem to be at their worst as it not only provides a
natural repellant for mosquitoes so that you can enjoy your summer
garden a little better but also because it provides its own mood
setting light that is well suited for enjoying in a summer garden
environment. In addition to the oil you can also choose to burn
citronella candles and use repellants that are created to spray or
rub onto the skin using natural ingredients for added protection
for you and your children from these dangerous pests.
It is also possible to find garlic based mosquito repellants
that are highly effective at making your garden inhospitable to
mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. This is a little different than
citronella as it is applied to your lawn and garden area rather
than burned or applied to the skin.
Another thing you can do to make your garden inhospitable to
mosquitoes is to fill it with creatures that prey on mosquitoes.
There is nothing like a bigger fish in the sea to run the smaller
fish to different hunting grounds. Plant trees, shrubs, and bushes
that attract the birds that eat mosquitoes. This will provide
plenty of nutrition for these birds while diminishing the mosquito
population one snack at a time. Purple Martins are well known for
eating mosquitoes and a great addition to any summer garden (though
not for this reason alone).
Plant lemon thyme in your summer garden. If you crush the leaves
it is believed to be an effective repellent for mosquitoes.
Choosing this plant for your garden can help you naturally repel
mosquitoes without smelling bad in the process, which is something
that must rubs, sprays, and oils cannot always claim.
a huge problem in summer garden largely due to increased fears of
West Nile Virus and other diseases they may carry from one person
to the next. For this reason it is now more important than ever to
control the population and limit our exposure to these harmful
animals. Most of us wish to do this without adding new risks due to
chemical exposure. Hopefully this article has given you plenty of
natural alternative to consider when it comes to controlling the
mosquito population in your summer garden.