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ĜAdd dragonfly larvae, or nymphs, to your pond. They are voracious predators of mosquito larvae, and while mosquito larvae stay in that stage for only a few days, dragonfly nymphs stay in larval stage for up to two years, and can prey on many generations of mosquito larvae. And, when they become adults, dragonfly feeds on adult mosquitoes too.
ĜInvite toads into your yard. One toad can consume up to 100 mosquitoes and slugs per night. They lay their eggs in water, so pond will attract them. If happy with its environment, a toad can grace your garden for up to 20 years. And tadpoles will eat mosquito larvae also.
ĜAs an overall precaution, get a propane powered mosquito trap, such as Mosquito Magnet, to reduce mosquito population in your garden area. These are most effective mosquito killers around, and they will capture (and kill) mosquitoes that your natural controls miss.
With growing concern about mosquito diseases, like West Nile virus, malaria, and dengue fever, it is natural to feel reluctance to add any water source around your home. With right precautions, you can beautify your garden and still feel secure that you are not inviting mosquitoes into your immediate environment.
If water gardening appeals to you, just educate yourself, take needed precautions, and get ready to enjoy beauty and serenity a water feature adds to your home.
Scottie Johnson is a life long mosquito warrior, freelance author and organic gardener. For all the information you need about killing and repelling mosquitoes, visit her site at http/www.mosquito-kill-net.com