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It's Mosquito Season!!!

Back with brand new fervor: Mosquito season!!!! Those pesky little bloodsuckers are poised to ruin another summer's worth of barbecues, camp outs, and swimming trips. They also pose a problem for gardeners everywhere.

Mosquitos like resting on plants, which is a stab in the heart for the green thumb. However, there are ways to cut down on the mosquito population without tilling your garden under. Keeping lawns mowed and garden beds weeded will help. Another inexpensive way to keep the tiny vamoires at bay is to remove all standing water from your yard. These are breeding grounds and female mosquitos will have a field day in them. This can include any item the holds water: old pots, aluminium cans, trash cans, etc.

Two natural predators of mosquitos can be encourged in your yard and neighborhood. These animals eat mosquitos and a variety of other insects. They are bats and purple martins (bird). If you decide to maintain a martin house be sure it is constructed high enough or the birds will not nest. These birds will also return year after year to raise young, so build multifamily housing.

Finally there are a variety of natural and commercial repellants availible. Here is a list of some natural repellants:

  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Cintronella
  • Mint oils
  • Clove
  • Cedar
  • Peppermint
  • Thyme

Good luck!!!! One more thing, I have included a website to a natural repellant featured on the Today Show




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