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Landscape Maintenance Tips for Sonoma County – How to Repel Mosquitos from Your Garden

Mosquitos are rampant during the summer months, as they thrive in areas with minimal air movement, shade and standing water. Mosquitos are not only a troublesome pest but can also carry lethal diseases such as the West Nile virus, malaria, and the Zika virus. However, you can significantly reduce the vast majority of mosquitos by partnering with Gardenworks. We are a company that specializes in landscape maintenance services in Sonoma County.

Here are just a couple of the most effective ways to repel mosquitos from your garden.

Eliminate Areas of Standing Water
The first step in reducing the number of mosquitos in your garden is to minimize any areas of standing water. Standing water is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitos, and it is a good idea to walk around your property after a shower of rain to notice any areas of standing water. Standing water can also result from a wide range of items, whether it is a poorly drained lawn, rock depressions, tree stumps, or even a dripping faucet. Our team can help you identify any troublesome areas and design your yard in a way to help reduce any areas of standing water.

Mosquito Fish (Gambusia affinis)
These are small and very hungry fish that bear live young and as adults can eat up to 500 mosquito larvae per day. These fish can be added to ponds and water features as an organic method of control.  These fish were brought into California back in the 1920’s for the purpose of reducing mosquito populations.  They require little care once established but do need a water depth of a minimum of 18”.  The Marin-Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District offer these fish at no cost and will even deliver them to your property.

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Anti-Mosquito Plants
An often-overlooked way to potentially reduce the number of mosquito bites is to apply the oil of plants that are natural repellents to mosquitos onto your skin. For example, the scent and oil of rosemary, nepeta, and thyme are all-natural repellents that can drive mosquitos away from you and your garden. The natural scent and oils of these beneficial plants are another organic method of reducing the number of mosquitos and our landscape solutions can help you design your garden with these beautiful plants.  They are also excellent at attracting pollinators to your landscape.

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Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’

 

We Can Help

Mosquitos are prevalent in many areas, but we can help you create a garden that potentially reduces the number of mosquitos through the use of our landscape maintenance services in Sonoma County. Whether you have a big or small yard, we can help you eliminate these pests through water management and planting anti-mosquito flowers. We have been in business for over 40 years and providing the best customer service possible has always been our top priority at Gardenworks.

If you wish to learn more ways to reduce the number of mosquitos in your yard, feel free to contact us for additional information and schedule an appointment with our landscape maintenance services team in Sonoma County.