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Then you hear that faint but all too familiar buzz of a mosquito in your ear. Or you feel that little prick on the back of your neck.
Why do those pesky mosquitoes always have to ruin a perfectly good evening outside?
Well they don’t.
When I was a kid, we used all kinds of bug spray without giving it a second thought. That stuff was nasty, loaded with harmful chemicals. Harmful to people and the environment. Lots of bug repellent today still contains DEET and who knows what else that is not good for us.
Controlling mosquitoes organically
Fortunately there are some organic options.
Here’s a quick video from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply with some helpful ideas.
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There are several key points to keep in mind:
- Get rid of any standing water in your yard or garden (that’s where mosquitoes breed)
- You can reduce the mosquito population in your yard with repellents that are safe for your soil, ornamentals, edibles, and most important of all, you and your family
- Get a bat house for your yard. One bat can eat up to 5,000 insects per night
- For your pets, use repellent specifically for your animals. If you use spray for humans, when they groom their fur, they will ingest it. Not good!
- READ the labels and follow instructions carefully
Here are a few products I recommend:
DEET-free insect repellent
PREVENT: DEET-free mosquito repellent
Naturally Repel Insects, 100% Money Back Guarantee!! Effective for mosquito, chiggers, deer ticks, ticks, and other Insects and bugs. Prevent can be used as alternative to mosquito net/netting or bug zapper or insect repellent clothing. Free from harmful chemicals and safe for children and pets. Will help prevent insect and bug bites. Very nice fragrance. (5 Star Review on Amazon)
Chig-R-Blok: Natural Chigger Protection Balm (good for mosquitoes and ticks too)
All Natural Deet-Free Protection that last 4-8 hours against Chiggers, Ticks and Mosquitoes. Safe for children, dogs and horses (NOT cats). It is water resistant lasts 4-8 hours. All ingredients are non-GMO.
To put in water where mosquito larvae grow. Each one lasts 30 days and covers 100 sq. ft. of surface area.
How do you control mosquitoes?
These are just a few of the products out there to control insects organically. What is your favorite one to use? I’d love to hear what you have found effective to control mosquitoes without using harmful chemicals. Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
To your mosquito-free life!
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