Get Rid of Mosquitoes Naturaly
Mosquitoes are attracted to certain natural elements. In this section we will identify some of the key mosquitoes needs for feeding, resting and breeding. Eliminating or reducing these areas in and around your yard can greatly reduce the mosquito population.
RESTING; During the hot days sun mosquitoes will rest among the denser foliage. They do not like the hot sun. but will venture out if a good looking meal comes along. Here they can rest and stay cool, Remove some under brush from in and around your yard "open it up. Let the natural breeze through, this will eliminate perching areas shaded by the sun and shielded from the wind. select trees and saplings that you want to keep you can mark them with surveyors ribbon, so you won't cut them down by mistake.
I would select a mix of trees to keep all the wildlife in your area happy. You can however choose just one type of tree to keep and create a more uniform forest. White birch are a real eye catcher. Many people I have spoken to have also chosen pine, oak and maple both sugar and swamp to keep all the trees in their yard the same. Either way i think it looks great.
FEEDING: This is easy, by removing the underbrush in and around your yard you will eliminate the main source of food for mosquitoes, besides us. Small rodents and mammals are a good meal for a hungry mosquito. These animals tend to use the denser foliage and undergrowth as their highways. Here, they are more protected from predators. Remember, you don't want to eliminate these areas all together, as they are critical the the shrinking habitat of our wildlife. Just push them back away from where you spend the most time in your yard. Also keep trash barrel lids on tight and compost all of your fruits and vegetables, but never meat. Rotten meat smells and will attract unwanted pests such as; possums and raccoon's, which are also on the mosquito's menu.
BREEDING: Mosquitoes need water to lay their eggs in, Start by eliminating any standing water in your yard that is not WET LANDS. These areas can not be filled in. they are protected and are very important to the environment. There are products that you can put in the water that will kill the mosquito larva and eggs. Standing water can be found anywhere and it does not take long for them to find it. After it rains take a walk around the yard and identify these areas.hey can be as simple as barrels or children's toys. Empty them all out and keep dry, a dry yard is not as inviting to our little biting neighbors.
Take This Quick Poll
Do you like Dragonflies???
One way of reducing mosquito populations is by attracting natural predators.
Dragonflies: Dragonflies are a known mosquito predator. These winged insects are the fastest insect reaching speeds of 60mph. they are fun to watch as they dance through the air hunting for insects. Dragon fries are often mistaken for Damselflies. The good news is, that damsel files will also eat those pesky mosquitos. One way to tell them apart is that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to the body when at rest. It is also fun to watch them during mating season where the Dragonflies will attach as if the male is pulling the female like a trailer. And damsel fly around head to tail forming a circle. You may already have dragonflies in your yard. Attracting more can be as complex or as simple as you would like. There are many ways to attract dragonflies to your back yard.
Birds: there are several species of birds known to eat mosquitoes. The most interesting of the birds is the Purple martin. This species of bird is completely reliant on humans to provide its nesting sites. It is also the only species of bird needing human intervention of continued existence and it supports a multi-million dollar housing industry.
There are many other birds who will eat mosquitoes. Red Eyed Virco, Chipping Sparrow, Downy wood pecker, yellow worbler, eastern Blue Bird, Common Night Hawk, Eastern Pheobe, Baltimore Orole and the House Wrenn to name a few. Attracting birds is easy, a water source for drinking and bating and nesting sites. Luckily for you the grocery store is already there. One commonly overlooked ingredient in attracting birds is places to perch. All birds need a place to rest their wings and different birds like different types of perches.
Bats: Bats can eat up to 1000 insects per hour. And with all those mosquitoes flying around it is safe to say the bats are eating some. The best way to attract bats is by giving them a place to live you can purchase or build your own. There are many great plans available online. Bat s need specific housing types and I have found two types that have worked best for me the flat three chamber type that fits a hundred or so bats. I have counted a bought 40 in mine. The rocket is fast and easy to build and can house varying amounts of bats depending pm the size and are pretty cool to look at.
DO YOU LIKE MOSQUITOES?
There are several ways that you can make your own bug spray right at home. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Natural Insect Repellent
- 2 tablespoons of one or a combination of the following: witch hazel or vodka (find witch hazel here)
- 2 tablespoons of one or a combination of the following: grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil, or neem oil (which contains natural insecticidal compounds) – (where to buy these oils)
- ½ teaspoon vodka as preservative (if not already using)
- 100-110 drops essential oils (where to buy 100% pure essential oils)
Sample Bug-Repelling Essential Oil Blend:
- 55 drops lemon eucalyptus (reported by the CDC to be a good natural substitution for DEET in repelling insects, but not recommended for use on children under 3 yrs.)
- 15 drops cedarwood
- 15 drops lavender
- 15 drops rosemary
Add carrier liquids to small spray bottle (3 or 4 oz. works well so there is room for shaking). Add essential oils. Shake well before each use. Natural bug repellent will need to be reapplied every few hours for maximum effectiveness
Mixture of essential oils: Choose from rosemary, thyme, mint, cedar, lavender, catnip, citronella, tea tree, and lemongrass — citrusy and minty scents work best
Fill an 8-oz glass spray bottle halfway with distilled water (plastic bottles may possibly be harmed over time due to the essential oils). Fill almost to the top with witch hazel. Add in 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin, which will help the bug spray stay on your skin. If you don’t have glycerin, it will still work without it. Add in your mixture of essential oils — about 25-50 drops. The more drops you add, the more effective the spray will be. Screw on the top. Shake. You’re ready for use!
Other Bug-Repelling Essential Oils:
- tea tree
- rose geranium
A Few Additional Tip's
1. Another mosquito tip: If you find yourself around a campfire this summer (which I surely hope you do, burn some sage in the fire to keep those mosquitoes away!
2. If you do happen to get bitten, here’s another natural tip! Rub the inside of a banana peel onto the affected area for 5-10 minutes. This should help relieve itching and dry out the bite!