Your backyard is supposed to be a place to relax and unwind when you get home from work. It is also a place to gather with relatives and friends for entertaining. You should enjoy the gentle breeze the wind brings when you sit by your porch. What is annoying thing are the insects that buzz around your ears. Most often, these are mosquitoes that keep you running about or slapping your own skin to get rid of them. There are ways to mosquito-proof your garden so you can enjoy hanging out there.
- Get rid of stagnant water. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. Check the pots of your plants if water often accumulates there. If there are other containers or empty pots, turn them over so that even when it rains, water will not remain in those. Your garden hose may also be leaking. Have a proper place for it so that it remains dry.
- Trim and maintain your backyard. Landscaping your garden is a good way to get rid of mosquitoes. Tall grass, bushes with rotting leaves and the like are places mosquitoes often dwell in. Invest in a good lawn mower or hire the boy next door to trim your garden. Most of all, keep your trash bin covered and the immediate surrounding clean.
- Grow mosquito repelling plants. Mosquitoes do not like citronella, marigolds, geraniums, rosemary, cat nip and eucalyptus in your garden. The scent naturally repels them. From time to time, get a few leaves of these plants in your garden and crush it. The scent becomes even stronger and deadlier for the mosquitoes.
- Invite friendly insects and birds. Flowers in your garden will also attract birds and dragonflies. These birds will feast on mosquitoes.
- Use incense sticks or coils. When you have guests over, you can light up a few incense sticks or lavender scented coils around your garden. The scent and the smoke, which should not be too bothersome for your guests, will send the mosquitoes looking for another garden.
- Try the Listerine mixture. Many have claimed that the original Listerine mixed with an equal part of water is effective against mosquitoes. Mix them together in a spray bottle and spray around your garden. It works best when you spray before your guests arrive and it will usually last for a few hours before the mosquitoes come back again.
- Spray a homemade insect repellent. In a bowl, mix 2 cups of warm water, 1 bulb of garlic crushed, 1 bulb of red onion crushed, 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper and 2 tablespoons of dishwashing soap. Peel the garlic and onions before you mix it. Use an electric blender to mix everything. Pour in a spray bottle. Spray around your garden. You may also spray along the walls of your garden but try it first on a small spot since it may stain the walls.
A combination of all these tips and more can keep your garden
mosquito-free. No matter what technique you try, it is a constant effort
you have to do. Mosquitoes are persistent and when they find the
opportunity, they will take every bite they can.