This summer we ate most of our evening meals in the cedar adirondack chairs on the front lawn. We also enjoyed coffee in the mornings and cocktails out here on the weekends. An added benefit is that they overlook the new pollinator bed, so we were able to watch the butterflies and bees while we relaxed.
In previous years, this was impossible because the mosquitoes were so bad. Some years, our mosquito levels were so bad it was impossible to be outdoors at dusk. During a hike through the woods in early summer, we noticed a place where water collects after a rain and gets stagnant, it happens to be fairly close to the house. Figuring this was where the hoards of mosquitoes were coming from, we purchased some Mosquito Dunks and added them to the area. Low and behold, after a few days there were no mosquitoes – NONE!
Figuring out where the mosquitoes were breeding and dealing with the problem made living outdoors possible and enjoyable. It was particularly pleasant during the craziness that was the summer of 2020. The dunks have to be reapplied every 30 days, which means we added them for a total of three times this summer to the standing water. They’re worth every penny they cost for the ability to actually be outside!
Do you have to deal with lots of mosquitoes in your garden? Any great tips?