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.
Combat Mosquitoes in the Garden
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
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.