So our bitterly cold and long winter didn't seem to affect our mosquito population here in Ontario. In fact, they seem to be worse than ever. Our new yard is full of beautiful cedars and evergreens and lots of other favorite hangouts for mosquitos. We even have drain that runs through our property that I'm sure is like the neighbourhood gathering spot for those tiny blood suckers.
Even in broad daylight they have been eating us alive. So much so that we haven't been able to spend time in our new backyard. So I began my mission to find some natural ways to get rid of those bloody pests.
3 Natural Ways to Keep Your Yard Mosquito Free
Dry Things Out - Mosquitoes like to breed in standing water. So keep your yard nice and dry to they don't have a spot to get jiggy with it. Keep an eye out for kids toys, buckets and pots that are full of water.
Get Lemony - those little vampires don't seem to care for Citronella and Lemon Balm. So stock your yard full of these yummy scented plants. Keep them in planters or put them directly in your gardens. I just planted a line in front of our cedars and have some giant ones in pots on the deck. You can even rub the leaves to get some of the fragrant oil to help keep those biters away.
Just Like Vampires - our last resort is Garlic Oil. Yup, just like how Vampires don't like garlic, apparently neither do mosquitoes. I've purchased some pure Garlic Oil (99.3%) from our local feed store to treat our yard. You spray the perimeter, trees and bushes and the mosquitoes will hit the road. And yes, your property may smell incredibly delicious, but the garlic smell disappears in a couple hours but it's repellent properties last much longer. You'll have to stay tuned for my review, but I can tell you there were quite a few people in the feed store picking it up.
Have you got a favourite natural way to keep from getting eaten alive? Please share!