A Natural Remedy for Mosquitoes

Keep mosquitoes out of your garden with this easy tip.
Mosquito on Plant

Mosquito on Plant

Banish these biters from your garden.

Q: Mosquitoes are eating us alive every time we go outside on our deck. What can I spray to get rid of them that won‘t poison our cats?

ANSWER:

Forget the sprays! There is a much simpler solution that harkens back to grandmother’s day, even before window screens.

First off, sprays are temporary at best - if they work at all. And plants that supposedly run off insects are very impractical (forget anything sold as an “amazing mosquito repellent” - they simply don’t work).  Even the misters that spray a fog of insecticide won’t work for long, and are expensive and smelly to boot. Plus who knows what all else they may kill

The simplest solution, other than applying bug repellent creams, the simplest solution, which I employ all the time in my hot, humid, ‘skeeter-ridden Mississippi garden, is a fan.

I set out a cheap box fan, like the ones we used to put in windows, on one corner of my patio, which makes a slow breeze. Then I put a small oscillating fan nearby where its regular back-and-forth movement breaks up the steady stream of air from the box fan. The combination is guaranteed to thwart the most persistent biters, as well as provide a nice cool breeze.

Gardening expert and certified wit Felder Rushing answers your questions and lays down some green-wisdom. You can get more of your Felder fix at www.slowgardening.net

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