Typically when we’re talking about insects, not a lot of people are a big fan of them, especially mosquitoes. Mosquitoes, besides the fly, can be a very annoying insect, especially during the nights. Their bites are almost entirely harmless (some may cause complications), however, the itch that follows is one of the most annoying things. There are many ways to repel mosquitoes from your yards, however, out of all the ways, dragonflies have been the best way to stop them from spreading across your garden.
Dragonflies can consume up to a hundred mosquitoes a day. Additionally, they are harmless towards your garden and plants, making them very efficient for their mosquito repellant ability.
Not only do dragonflies eat fully grown mosquitoes, but they also consume their larvae. The only question that remains is how can you attract dragonflies to your yard? The following steps will show you how it’s done.
Attracting Dragonflies To Your Garden
- Creating a pond – Setting up a pond in your yard will help you attract dragonflies since they respond to water. The dimensions for the pond should be fifteen feet in width and 1 to 2 feet in depth. Also, do not forget to put rocks nearby the water so dragonflies can have a place where they rest
If you lack the tools or space to build yourself a pond, you can always improvise and use a kid’s pool and it will do the same job as a pond in attracting the dragonflies.
- Water Plants – Alongside the pond, plants such as lilies are needed to be planted to ensure that the dragonflies will survive in your yard. These plants will serve as a ground where the dragonflies will lay eggs.
- Glyceria Maxima is another great plant that you can add to help the dragonflies move in and out from the water with comfort.
- Vitamin B1 – This vitamin can help stop mosquitoes efficiently by removing the odors that attract the mosquitoes in the first place.
Take one spoonful of spirulina per day and forget about dealing with the garden mosquitoes ever again.
Other Ways To Repel Mosquitoes
These additional garden skills and tricks may help you repel the mosquitoes:
- Planting herbs like basil, thyme, onions, peppermint, lavender, rosemary, marigolds, garlic, lemongrass, citronella, cedarwood, and eucalyptus.
- Limit the water sources by cleaning out the gutters or fixing broken faucets, draining excess water from pots.
- Instead of using a plug-in insect repeller, you can cut an orange peel in a rectangular shape and place it in your garden.
- Sprinkle some old coffee grounds on the plants and around the patio.