Felder Rushing

Felder Rushing

Mosquito on Plant
Banish these biters from your garden.

Q: Mosquitoes are eating us alive every time we go outside on our deck. What can I spray to get rid of them that won‘t poison our cats?

ANSWER:

Forget the sprays! There is a much simpler solution that harkens back to grandmother’s day, even before window screens.

First off, sprays are temporary at best - if they work at all. And plants that supposedly run off insects are very impractical (forget anything sold as an “amazing mosquito repellent” - they simply don’t work).  Even the misters that spray a fog of insecticide won’t work for long, and are expensive and smelly to boot. Plus who knows what all else they may kill?


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The simplest solution, other than applying bug repellent creams, the simplest solution, which I employ all the time in my hot, humid, ‘skeeter-ridden Mississippi garden, is a fan.

I set out a cheap box fan, like the ones we used to put in windows, on one corner of my patio, which makes a slow breeze. Then I put a small oscillating fan nearby where its regular back-and-forth movement breaks up the steady stream of air from the box fan. The combination is guaranteed to thwart the most persistent biters, as well as provide a nice cool breeze.

Gardening expert and certified wit Felder Rushing answers your questions and lays down some green-wisdom. You can get more of your Felder fix at www.slowgardening.net

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