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Name: BelovedHoneyGirl
Tampa Bay Area, FL
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Belovedhoneygirl
Jun 2, 2018 8:15 PM CST
Hello everyone, I'm writing from sunny/rainy/sunny Florida and the mosquitos are already SWARMING this year! Maybe I have missed it but I can't seem to find any threads on natural mosquito control using plants.

Can anyone suggest some natrural ways to beat back the bitting bugs? We have lemongrass and lavender now but the perfect breeding ground of all my bromeliads seems to cancel out any of their benefits.

Thanks!!!
Name: Cybrczch
SE Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Region: Nebraska Vegetable Grower
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cybrczch
Jun 5, 2018 8:58 AM CST
I'd suggest citronella geraniums, but when the mosquitoes get bad, short of weaving them into a bag and sealing yourself inside, they won't help much.
Since you have a prime breeding area in your bromeliads, you could try using mosquito dunks to control their breeding. They contain a biological agent (Bti) against mosquito larva. Dissolve one in a 2 gallon watering can, then apply to the bromeliads so that the treated water ends up in the bromeliads' natural reservoirs, where the larva are developing. This would have to be repeated after rainfall I am guessing. I've used them in ponds and they have drastically reduced the number of larva in the pond.
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds Roses Clematis Lilies Peonies
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fwmosher
Jun 5, 2018 9:16 AM CST
You know, it might be interesting to set out a large bowl of water, perhaps somewhere in the shade, and add either a disk or granules of BTI or BTK, and see what happens. Wonder what would happen if a small amount of mosquito "attractant" from those propane mosquito traps (and they do work) were added somehow to the water. Don't know how that would work as the attractant releases Co2 but in water? Work on it CYBRCZCH- perhaps we can test and get a patent jointly!! Cheers!
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Jun 12, 2018 10:49 AM CST
There's an ongoing discussion in the Texas Forum -- and you don't need to be a Texan to go to that forum -- about mosquitoes. Seems that members are curious, attempting to use, questioning, a product called Spartan Eradicator. I haven't paid much attention but you might take a look at that thread. I know that you're looking for plants, but I don't think you'll have much luck. (sorry)

BTI is a good product as the others have said. I use it whenever and wherever I see standing water. Requires diligence!

Garlic is another repellent. There are products on the market as well as recipes for DIY. I'll periodically sprinkle garlic powder around the yard. Do not use garlic salt. Dollar stores and other places sell garlic powder on the cheap.

I alternate that with using cedar. There are a couple of brands of cedar flakes but they lose their effectiveness after a rain.

Cedar mulch (native if you can get it) also repels skeeters. I try to keep it by my doors.

I'm still waiting for the magic bullet. Apparently ongoing research is somewhat promising that has to do with cinnamon bark.

Sorry I can't give you any links but I'm using my phone and am incapable of adding links. But do check out the conversation about the Spartan Eradicator in the Texas Forum. Good luck!
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Jun 12, 2018 10:51 AM CST
But wait! I think I have the link.

The thread "Spartan Mosquito Eradicator" in Texas Gardening forum

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