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Non-Toxic Mosquito Control for Your Yard

Updated on January 23, 2013
Natural Mosquito Repellents
Natural Mosquito Repellents

Non-toxic ways to eliminate mosquitoes

Mosquitoes – you either hate them or you despise them. So what can you do to keep the little vampires away?

Unfortunately, I have become somewhat of an expert in fending off mosquitoes. I’ve read through about every trick in the book to find a solution to keeping mosquitoes at bay in the yard. The area where I’m at has what I call a “mosquito season.” It’s not your typical bite here and there either. Here, they like to chase you down starting with the second you walk out the door.

If you’ve suffered from mosquito season as well, there is hope! Here are some non-toxic ways for mosquito control in your yard.

Water is breeding grounds for mosquitoes

First and foremost, eliminate stagnant water. Mosquitoes can hatch new eggs in just four days, so it’s important that you continue to empty water every few days.

Some common places where water can collect are buckets, tarps, and even tires that are laying around. Bird baths and outdoor water bowls for pets should be changed often as well. Water for your pets should be changed everyday anyway, so mosquitoes should not even have a chance to grow in a pet’s water source.


Critters that dine on mosquitoes

There is an exception to getting rid of water. If you have a fish pond, you are on the right track. A fish pond is a great solution if you live in a mosquito-ridden area. Fish eat mosquito larvae, so would-be mosquitoes won’t even get the chance to attack you. Therefore, fish are a great help in keeping mosquitoes under control. Understandably, not everyone can have a fish pond installed. Not to worry though, because you can get a compact fish pond, some of which will fit on a porch or in a small garden.

Although it may not be the most favorable method, having a bat house is an excellent way to help keep a mosquito problem in check as well. I have not tried this myself, but I’ve heard raving reviews from those that have. Bats eat mosquitoes, thus lowering the mosquito population, which in turn leads to happy neighbors.

Patio Fish Pond


Coverings

If you are fond of a particular social gathering spot in your yard, consider a screened-in area. A screened covering works well for outdoor dining spaces or other lounging areas. You can get canopies with screening along the sides so as to keep the little bloodsuckers away.

Covering up with clothing will help eliminate mosquito bites as well. Mosquitoes can still bite through clothing, but the more covering you have, the better off you are.

Another tidbit of advice - mosquitoes like to congregate in cooler areas, such as the shade. If you stay in the sunny areas, mosquitoes are less likely to follow you.


Plants that repel mosquitoes

There are even ways of deterring mosquitoes with certain plants. If you don’t have a garden and don’t plan on having a garden, you can still have mosquito-repelling plants that are kept in pots. Potted plants are a great option because you can move them around to wherever you see fit.

Okay, so what are these seemingly magical plants? There are many plants that are rumored to keep mosquitoes away. However, there are a few all-time favorites.

  • Citronella
  • Catnip
  • Horsemint
  • Ageratum
  • Lemon Grass
  • Marigolds
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender


What attracts mosquitoes, anyway?

Good old Carbon Dioxide, or CO2, is what actually attracts mosquitoes. While I’m not telling you to quit breathing, I am telling you that there are mosquito traps that work by emitting CO2. Such mosquito traps can help in your quest to rid your yard of mosquitoes.


Of course, you can always have your yard chemically sprayed as well, but as this focuses on non-toxic solutions, I won’t dive into chemical treatments in this particular hub. However, if you do decide to treat with chemicals, be sure to keep people and pets out of the treated area not only while it’s being treated, but for a period of time after as well. Consult a professional to find out how long is advised to stay out of the area. If you’re doing the treatment yourself, be sure to check the instructions to see how long to stay clear of the area.

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    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      18 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, SunsetSky!

      Superb hub! Easy to read and understand. Wonderfully-presented. I enjoyed this work very much. I urge you to keep up the great work.

      Write me anytime.

    • SunsetSky profile imageAUTHOR

      SunsetSky 

      5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for voting up and sharing! I would like to plant more of those plants as well. I have pets so I don't like to use chemical treatments. Plants are much safer and they add beauty as well.

    • Stephanie Henkel profile image

      Stephanie Henkel 

      5 years ago from USA

      Living near the coast, there is a lot of water around me, and lots of mosquitoes. Your hub has so many useful tips on keeping the mosquito population at bay - I'm going to add several of the mosquito repelling plants to my flower beds next spring! Voted up and sharing!

    • SunsetSky profile imageAUTHOR

      SunsetSky 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thank you! And welcome to HubPages as well :) I'm excited to dive in and do this. If only I had more time to write...

    • shruti sheshadri profile image

      shruti sheshadri 

      6 years ago from Bangalore, India

      hey! A great hub on mosquitoes, interesting topic and highly useful! Loved it :)

      I am new here too,So welcome to hubpages, This is a great place to start off!

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