Combat Mosquitoes in the Garden

Combat Mosquitoes in the Garden
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According to Chicago Breaking News, a pool of mosquitoes in Evanston has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The majority of people who contract West Nile Virus usually have no symptoms or show very little symptoms. People who have contracted West Nile Virus may show signs of “fever, headache, body aches, skin rash or swollen lymph glands.” As gardeners we may inadvertently created perfect conditions for mosquitoes to breed. Combat mosquitoes in the garden by taking a few simple precautions. 
Preventing Mosquito Breeding

1. Overturn and pick up any empty containers after a rainfall. Glazed and plastic pots in particular should be watched as they don’t absorb water and can hold standing water. Container gardens in pots with trays or basins can be tilted over to drain out excess water. 

2. Regularly drain your birdbaths and water features and give them a good cleaning while you’re at it.
3. Cover buckets or plastic containers used to harvest rain water. 
4. Screen the openings of rain barrels and water cisterns. 
5. Drain any standing water on your property. 
6.Use mosquito dunks in ponds or stock your pond with fish that eat mosquito larvae. 
7. Make your garden friendly to bats, birds and dragonflies who will help keep the mosquito population under control, naturally. 
Removing water in which mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus breed is the easiest method of controlling mosquitoes around your garden. Eliminating standing water removes the breeding ground in which mosquitoes develop. Combat mosquitoes in the garden by following common sense. This is not only a good precaution but the neighborly thing to do. See if your neighbors or elderly gardeners near you need help with removing standing water. Avoid mosquitoes in the garden by staying out of it during dusk and dawn when they are most active, and of course, use an insect repellent. Following a few simple steps can prevent you and your neighborhood healthy and keep you gardening for years to come. 


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  • There sure have been enough of the buggers this year. Our swale's wet all the time, and we use the mosquito dunks that look like donuts. I have saucers under the pots on the new patio to keep it from getting so stained - what a pain emptying them all the time, but I do it.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    I have to ditto the "what a pain" because I have to do the same thing. Doesn't it stick to be responsible gardeners?

  • I like how the allium looks like it's stretching out to protect the pot from any errant rainfall: "Oh no, droplets, you're not coming in here!" This reminds me that I need to make the cover of my overflow rain barrel a little less makeshift--the screen is a little too narrow and the bungee cords holding it down are a little too loose!

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    What lol?

  • Unfortunately I am a murderer. I hate to admit it. Dominique Browning former editor, Home and Garden Magazine said in a recent kick ass article in Wired Magazine on Gardening July 2010..."Dig a hole and make that your compost hole!...Who cares if you get rats"...well I do! You have to have 100 acres in Connecticut not to care if you get rats! I have mice...eating my brand new red Beefsteaks and I swear to God I have tried everything...Soap, Fox Urine, Red Pepper Spray, Tide, Talk Radio, and now what works....
    Mouse traps...the problem is the poor bastards get their arm or leg caught in the fucker and they drag the trap til it gets stuck in a corner...I come along and see this and have to hit em with a shovel.
    Poor bastards. But I will tell you...I made the first batch of Salsa 2010 last night 7/28/10....YEEEESSSS! I may have added too much fresh cilantro though for the average person.......I love cilantro - and the Jalapeono's......LARGE.

    Slow Love
    Farmer Bob

  • In reply to bcoyne:

    Congrats on the harvest. I'm fortunate that no animals have discovered my container garden with my edibles on it.

  • In reply to bcoyne:

    I'm technically "working" today but due to server problems in the corporate office, I've been able to take my cell phone outside and wait for the IT call while I dump my flower pots and drain the overflow off the rain barrel.

    I have this fountain that fills with water, and I haven't tried to do anything with it since we moved in a year ago. I am not sure how to drain the water out, and I was told it needs a new pump to actually operate as a fountain. Maybe if I get a pump, the circulation will prevent mosquito eggs?

    Also, any ideas of eco-friendly way to get rid of wasps? Or should I consider them beneficial? They are in the doorway of my garden shed, sadly...

  • In reply to hawk3ye:

    You're right if you have a pump the water circulating may be too violent for them to lay eggs. They prefer to lay eggs in still water.

    As for the eco-friendly way of getting rid of wasp...your suggestion is as good as mine. I've tried several that I found on Google and non seem to work. I seem to have memories of them falling into cans of Coke during picnic and visits to the beach, but I can't get them to fall into any of my homemade traps. LOL. They're beneficial though

  • In reply to hawk3ye:

    I taunt mosquitoes by breathing heavy through the screen door. They hate that.

  • In reply to ClaudiaBark:


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