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    5 Organic Ways to Reduce Mosquitoes

    Mosquitoes are a nuisance, which can make your home and garden uncomfortable if not controlled. Besides their itchy and painful bites, these insects can also transmit a host of dangerous diseases. While you have the option of using insecticides to kill mosquitoes, research indicates that these chemicals contain toxic elements that harm the human body and the environment over time. This means that you must find ways of controlling and killing mosquitoes organically. Below are some tips that can come in handy.

    1. Use of Neem Oil

    This product is extracted from the Neem tree, which is commonly referred to as the tree of life. Neem oil has traditionally been used as a natural insecticide to repel harmful insects including mosquitoes. By applying neem oil to your skin, mosquitoes will be naturally repelled. To achieve optimal results, consider mixing neem oil with coconut oil. Alternatively, you can burn neem leaves to repel mosquitoes.

    2. Use of Mosquito Predators

    This is one of the most effective organic options for killing mosquitoes. You can also use predators to reduce bugs in backyard. Common mosquito predators include swallows and bats, which feed on mosquitoes. Increasing their number by building bat shelters, for instance, attracts them to your home. In return, they will prey on the insects, thus reducing their numbers significantly.

    3. Algae Removal from Stagnant Water

    Mosquitoes breed on stagnant water surfaces. If you have stagnant water in your garden, including birdbaths, ensure that they are free of algae. This is because algae is fed on by mosquito larvae. By eliminating the algae, you will be starving the larvae, thus killing mosquitoes

    4. Destroying Breeding Grounds

    Mosquitoes mostly breed in ponds and moist areas surrounding your house. Consider landscaping options that don’t include bushes immediately against your house, allowing airflow and avoiding moisture build-up. You should similarly change pond water regularly to disrupt the insects’ natural breeding process.

    5. Use of Garlic

    Garlic extract is known to have mosquito larvicidal properties, meaning it can effectively be used to control infestation. Simply crush cloves of garlic before boiling them in water to create a natural insect solution. Thereafter, sprinkle the mixture within your house to repel insects.

    These remedies do not pose any harm to the environment or members of your family. They are also inexpensive, so try them out to reduce mosquitoes organically.

    One other solution to consider is the NuTone Backyard Mosquito Repellent System.  These innovative landscape fixtures provide effective, convenient, season-long protection from biting mosquitoes.  This patented system is odorless, silent and invisible during use – no smelly oils, smoke or zapping sounds.  Call HITTLE Landscaping for more details.

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