Mosquito Control for Your Garden
Mosquito control is an issue which bothers many people. Mosquitoes are not only a discomfort, but also a threat in terms of safety aspects. Let us discuss in further detail some ways to try to control mosquitoes in your garden.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Garden hose
- Eucalyptus seeds
- Garlic seeds
- Water pump
Step 1 - Cleaning the Gutters
One main starting point to control mosquitoes is to make sure that the gutters system is clean. So, make sure to check it out on a regular basis, so as to clean it accordingly. Gutters may get clogged after heavy rains or if the whereabouts are not swept regularly. Any water that is not removed will get stagnant and it will easily attract mosquitoes to lay eggs and multiply in the area. Hence, make sure to sweep the area and to clean the residue with plenty of clean water.
Step 2 - Cleaning and Checking the Area for Stagnant Water
It is crucial to make sure that there are no spaces where standing water is allowed to remain. Any such possibilities should be removed as soon as possible. If you have any type of container in your garden, such as a bucket, it is best to place it upside down so as to avoid water from accumulating into it. If there is a well make sure to close the lid. If you have any potted plants it is crucial to make sure that the saucer underneath the pot is not left with stagnant water in it as it will surely end up attracting mosquitoes. A squeezer is an essential tool, to remove relatively small amounts of water, such as those in puddles. In case of large amounts of water you can use a water pump.
Step 3- Ponds, Fountains and Pools
If you have a pond, fountain or pool in your garden you have to make sure that the water in them is not left unclean. A filter will help to keep the water clean and circulating.
Step 4 - Bird Bath
Most gardens feature a bird bath. It is important to change the water in the bird bath every few days time. This is especially important if the bird bath is in a sunny area, as it will end up attracting mosquitoes even more.
Step 5 - Planting Garlic Plants
Garlic plants are known to repel mosquitoes naturally. Hence it is a good idea to plant a few in your garden.
Step 6 - Planting Eucalyptus Trees
It is also a good idea to plant eucalyptus trees if you have some space. Apart from serving a decorative purpose in your garden, these trees are known to repel mosquitoes naturally with their scent.
Step 7 - Checking Trees
A tree's base, especially in between roots and lower branches, is an area which tends to retain water. Hence it is best to remove any accumulated water, especially after rainfalls.
Step 8 - Fish
Place mosquito fish and goldfish in your pond. These fish help to reduce mosquitoes since they eat their larvae. If any mosquitoes are attracted to the pond’s water, these fish will help to eliminate them and their eggs.