Mosquitoes suck, literally! Let's get rid of them with these natural ways to control mosquitoes and make your yard and garden a more pleasant place to be.
One of the unfortunate realities of a balmy summer night is mosquitoes. Their buzzing and biting can ruin a great barbeque and you may not want to or may be unable to wear the store bought chemical laden aerosol that promises to ward them off. There are some plants you can set out and several things you can do to cut down on their numbers and keep your skin clear of their big read welts.
Natural Mosquito Control
Here are a few ways to reduce mosquitoes in your yard. All are natural and enhance your landscape and gardens.
The most popular and well known plant for deterring mosquitoes, Citronella belongs to the geranium family. Contrary to common belief the plant itself does not deter mosquitoes but when the leaves are crushed and oil released they are most effective and when rubbed on the skin they provide a gentle and mild deterrent.
Basil, Lemongrass, Lemon Balm,Rosemary, and Catnip are reported to be an effective repellent. They are also all fantastic container plants so they can be moved easily to wherever you are. Set big pots out on the table and all around your patio area. Not only are they effective they are pretty, and delicious, their strong scents that we love are what make them so unappealing to mosquitoes.
Many know that planting marigolds in a vegetable garden will help avoid pests, but the plant is also good at detracting mosquitoes from surrounding areas.
Pretty and heavily scented Geraniums are one of the main ingredients in over the counter sprays. Plant throughout your garden and in pots around your porch.
The strong smell of this tasty cooking ingredient deters buzzing pests. As a bonus you have the benefit of fresh garlic in your garden.
Consider installing a bat house or two, bats eat mosquito's and can significantly cut down their population numbers. Call your co-operative extension office, sometimes they sell them for a very reasonable price.
The number one thing you can do to cut down on mosquito's is to clean up a few areas on your yard. Mosquito's love moisture, so make sure that you have no standing water- buckets near the shop, baby pools not in use but full of water, stopped up gutters, old tires etc. This is a breeding ground for mosquito's and where they lay their eggs.
If you have standing bodies of water like ponds that cannot be emptied you can pick up BT-Baccilus thuringiensis israelensis, it is a natural bacterium that kills the mosquito larvae but is nontoxic to people and fish. You can find it at home improvement stores in the garden department.
Another place ideal for mosquitoes is tall grass, bushes, and weed patches. These areas tend to also hold water and moisture making them a perfect hideout for them. Keep your grass cut short and all weeds and bushes trimmed well to make them feel unwelcome in your yard.
I hope these tips help, enjoy your summer.
Jen - Life With Levi says
Living in the land of 10,000 lakes means lots of mosquitos. Bookmarking this list!
Thanks for these ideas for mosquito control. They'll be out in full force soon.
Great tips! They really can make it miserable to be outside if they're bad.
Marcie W. says
I feel like mosquitoes are not a big issue here in Las Vegas due to our desert climate and lack of water, but I always like learning natural solutions to common problems, even if it is just to pass on to friends.
Penelope Guzman says
I think I need to plant a lot more basil, and get some rosemary out there in my yard too!
Robin Gagnon says
I just put in rosemary & geranium on the side of my gazebo. I'll be filling the planters with marigolds soon.
Crystal @ SimplyBeingMommy.com says
I have marigolds out there but it sounds like I need to get some of the others. Thanks for sharing.
Paula @ Frosted Fingers says
I need to get some of those plants for my back yard! My mother in law said there's a nasty virus being spread by mosquitoes this year. yuck. We also have a sandbox that was left open through the winter and some of the spring rains that needs to be emptied out ASAP!
Use caution with marigolds. I have mosquitoes and also wasps. Although marigolds chase off mosquitoes, they attract wasps.