Spring Garden Tips
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.

JavaScript is disabled!
To display this content, you need a JavaScript capable browser.

Eco-friendly Mosquito ControlStart 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.

Change 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.

Add 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.

A bit more information: 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.

Share
 

Related Garden Moments

Controlling Creeping Charlie in the Lawn

It’s fragrant, produces purple-blue flowers in spring, and adapts well to sun or shade. I just described creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea) also known as ground ivy, a weed most gardeners are trying to eliminate from their lawns.

View Garden Video...

Eco-friendly Control of Aphids in the Garden

Ants, lady beetles and a clear sticky substance on your leaves are good indications that aphids have moved into your garden for a meal.

Read more...

Eco-friendly Lawn Care

You can have a lawn and still be kind to the environment.

View Lawn Care Video...

Eco-friendly Spider Mite Control

Hot dry weather is hard on you and your plants but great for many pests.

Read more...

Eco-friendly Whitefly Control

When fall arrives I can’t seem to resist taking a few plants in for winter. Unfortunately, a few whiteflies often try to hitch a ride in with the plants.

View Garden Video on Eco-friendly Pest Control...

Family Fun Feeding the Birds

Home Crafted Birdfeeder

Read more...

Five Ways to Attract Bees and Other Pollinators to Your Garden

Give nature and your garden a helping hand this season by creating a pollinator-friendly landscape.

Read more...

Garden Pests - Managing Japanese Beetles

Strategies for dealing with Japanese Beetles

View Garden Video...

Green Roof Bird Feeder

Focal Point Bird Feeder

View Garden Video...

Managing Powdery Mildew

Tips for dealing with the fungal disease powdery mildew.

View Garden Video...

Recyclables Find New Life in the Garden

Plastic and Glass Containers Crafted into Useful Garden Tools

View Garden Video...

Water Conservation Never Looked So Good

Beautify Your Rain Barrel

View Garden Video...

Waterwise Gardening Tips

No matter where you live, being a waterwise gardener makes environmental and economic sense. And it’s really easier than you think.

Read more...