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Don’t let mosquitoes ruin your garden time!
Mosquitoes will be out in force this summer, as usual.
Did you know they only need a drop of water to raise larvae?
Anywhere they can find moisture is a good place for them to breed. Not only are birdbaths and ponds ideal breeding grounds, but also other moist areas of the landscape near spigots, irrigation heads and around the foundation of your home.
Your roof top gutters can be a prime breeding place. Be sure to keep them clean so they don’t hold standing water. When it comes to mosquitoes, prevention is always the best medicine.
The best way to prevent bad infestation this summer is to take action now.
Eco-friendly Mosquito Control Options:
Mosquito Bits and Dunks: For years, we’ve been using these bits around the nursery and our homes to combat mosquitoes. This natural product is highly effective and easy to use. Just sprinkle the bits around the foundation of your home where you run irritation, areas with standing water, marshy parts of the garden and around sprinkler heads and spigots. Don’t forget to sprinkle Mosquito Bits into irrigation boxes and drains where water often sits unnoticed.
The Mosquito Bits and Dunks contain the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis that is toxic to mosquito larvae. Once the larvae ingests the bacteria, they are killed before they can mature. We love Mosquito Bits and Dunks because they are safe for wildlife, humans and pets. You can place the dunks into fish ponds, streams, fountains, abandoned pools, you name it! Your pets, birds, fish and other wildlife will go unharmed. Live on a creek? Recuit all your neighbors to each throw a Mosquito Dunk into the creek each month.
Cedarcide Granules: Adult mosquitoes already a problem? We love the fresh cedar scent of this organic insect repellent. Spread Cedarcide across the lawn and garden for two to three weeks worth of repellent control. This natural product won’t harm pets or kids when they roll around the grass. Be sure to apply before your next pool party or barbecue!
EcoSmart Mosquito Fogger: Use this fogger before outdoor gatherings and parties. The EcoSmart Fogger kills and repels mosquitoes up to eight hours using botanical oils such as geraniol, rosemary, and peppermint. Use it around kids and pets with peace of mind. Also comes in a ready-to-use spray for hose end.
We have even more easy-to-use natural mosquito repellents to get your landscape summer ready! Come see us to learn how to prevent and treat mosquitoes in your landscape.
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