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Lake Living: Controlling Mosquitos In The Landscape

Freddie Kuhn

Homeowners who live near a lake know how enjoyable it can be; however, they are also aware that with the serendipity of lake living also comes the woes of dealing with mosquitoes. The following information will teach the homeowner how to control mosquitoes naturally.

Standing Water

Standing water is the number one culprit for mosquitoes in the landscape. Mosquito larvae hatch in stagnant water. By ridding the yard of standing water, the homeowner can greatly diminish the amount of mosquitoes found in the landscape.

Attracting Birds and Dragonflies

A variety of birds and dragonflies in the landscape will help keep the mosquito population in check. Maintaining habitats that will attract these mosquito eaters is quite simple. Both dragonflies and birds need shelter, an ample food supply and water.

Dragonflies are drawn to landscapes with water, sunlight and a hospitable environment for egg laying. A shallow pond, stream or birdbath will attract these beautiful creatures. Placing some light colored rocks near the water surface will give dragonflies a place to enjoy the sunlight. An old log near the pond will enhance the landscape while providing a home for the dragonflies.

If the homeowner has a birdbath in the landscape, the water should be changed every three days. Placing a few sprigs of lavender in the birdbath will also help keep mosquito larvae from forming in the water. The lavender is not harmful to birds, making it a perfect choice to halt mosquito growth while protecting area wildlife.

Finally, by attracting birds to the landscape, the homeowner can help control the population of mosquitoes. Purple martins voraciously eat mosquitoes. These birds prefer birdhouses that are painted a light color and offer multiple compartments for nesting.


Numerous plants can help repel mosquitoes in the landscape. These include citronella, marigolds, catnip, peppermint and lavender. Planting these plants throughout the landscape will help the homeowner's yard stay mosquito-free.

Citronella plants are actually a scented variety of the geranium plant. This plant prefers abundant sunlight and well-drained soil. Citronella plants can get up to four feet tall, so regular pruning is recommended.

Marigolds are one of the easiest to grow mosquito-repelling plants. These plants love sunlight and add a bright, cheerful spot in the landscape. For best results, plant marigolds 6 inches apart.

Peppermint, catnip and lavender are all herbs that are often found in an herb garden; however, they can easily be placed within a landscaped yard. As with most herbs, it is important to have ample sunlight, well-drained soil and a pruning regimen to keep the plants within their boundaries.

Living on a lake provides entertainment as well as beauty. However, the lake is also the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Learning how to diminish the mosquito population near the home is essential for those living near the lake. This includes attracting wildlife that naturally eats mosquitoes and planting mosquito-repelling plants throughout the landscape. To learn more, contact a company like Bug Busters Inc. with any questions you have.