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.
Start 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. Store these items in the garage or turn them over to keep them from becoming a mosquito-breeding ground.
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 are sold under trade names such as Mosquito Dunks and Mosquito Bits. They will not harm birds, fish, pets or children that may drink or play in the water.
Add a bit more protection while sitting or eating outdoors. Use a fan to create a gentle breeze that keeps the weak flying mosquitoes away from you and your guests.
A bit more information: Light a few citronella candles for your evening events. Citronella oil and the scented candles do have some mosquito-repelling properties. Scatter lots of candles throughout your entertainment space. Position the candles within a few feet of your guests. This can provide some short-term relief from these pests.