The mosquitoes in our yard are a nightmare this year! I had sprayed myself with deep woods OFF multiple times throughout the day and rubbed lemon balm all over myself and kept a sprig of it in my ponytail. I still came in absolutely covered in bites. They bit me through my clothes, bit my face, they are making gardening unbearable for me and I need to do something! We do have one boggy spot from a natural spring just along the street in our front yard, but they seem much worse in our backyard. Our property is 0.35 acre. I clean my birdbath almost daily and my rainbarrel is fully contained. I’m not sure what to do at this point! There are organic mosquito treatment companies I’ve looked into, and they specify that birds and aquatic life are unharmed by treatment but I worry about the beneficial insects and the cost is pretty high.
I may try mosquito dunks at the bottom of the bog garden when there’s standing water after it rains just in case this is the source of the problem. I’m also worried that the winter mulch I used may have helped them overwinter happily in my gardens. With all this rain we’ve been getting they just have armies ready to bite, particularly in the gardens. Is mulch a contributing factor in mosquito problems? Is there a safe home treatment I can do myself that anyone has had success with? I’m just worried about hiring a company and wiping out all my garden predators.
The site says “Our treatments use Octopamine Blocker Technology, which provides fast knockdown to mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and gnats. The essential oils that comprise the active ingredients in the product work by disrupting the neurotransmitter function in target insects. In invertebrates, with their simpler nervous systems, a multi-functional chemical known as "octopamine" handles many of these functions.”
https://www.mosquitomikes.com/how-mosqu ... oCMdDw_wcB