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Spend this summer WITHOUT mosquitoes and flies

May 06, 2011 -
  Spend this summer WITHOUT mosquitoes and flies
Life cycle of the mosquito, from University of Arkansas

Vampire movies are big right now, but most people don’t want their blood sucked by mosquitoes.

They don’t want flies biting them, either, or landing on platters of food.

Get rid of those pesky insects, without spraying clouds of toxic chemicals all over your yard.


In the warm water of summer, a mosquito can run through its life cycle in one week.

So go dump any standing water (home to mosquito eggs, larvae and pupas) right now. We’ll wait.

Back? Great.

*  If you have standing water you don’t want to drain (bird baths and ponds) you should add tiny Bt donuts that will kill the mosquitoes but not harm other insects or animals.

*  You can eradicate breeding areas with these two techniques, but what about mosquitoes that fly in from other yards? A mosquito can fly several miles. Foil them with a garlicky spray, Mosquito Barrier. The garlic smell will go away quickly, but the sulfur will remain and it’s toxic to mosquitoes. Spray Mosquito Barrier all over your lawn and shrubs—even your vegetables, they won’t pick up a garlic flavor. It keeps ticks and fleas away too, according to the label.

*  Put up a Vacancy sign at your new Bat House and add some mosquito-eating wildlife to your garden.


The old-fashioned sticky strips work, hanging on their own, or partly shielded by a cover. To attract more flies, use a trap that has special bait (like our Flies Be Gone or Wood Fly Trap) and hang it in the shade away from your outdoor sitting area.

Organic gardeners love natural predators—for flies those would be Praying Mantids and parasitic mini-wasps aka Fly Parasite Complex. The mini-wasps will be busy with the flies and uninterested in vertebrates.


Hooray for the mini-wasps, boo for the big wasps. In the Pesky Insect video, Tricia shows our Yellowjacket & Wasp Trap, which can hang or stand anywhere you like.

Imagine—a summer free of mosquitoes and flies.  See the products in action in our new videos about Pesky Insects and Organic Mosquito Control.

Wishing you a summer where you never hear that eeeee mosquito sound in your ear!

The University of California Integrated Pest Management site has a Pest Note with more information about mosquitoes as disease vectors.

Curious about predatory beneficial insects? They starred in their own video with Tricia.

Solutions: Fleas, Flies, Mosquitoes, Wasps, Yellow Jackets

Categories: Organic Pest Control, Insect Trap, Organic Pesticide, Natural Insecticide, Insect Lure, Insect Control, Beneficial Insects

How about 'stink' bugs? Says:
Sep 15th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Not there in your area perhaps but down here in the high desert country of New Mexico the stink bugs eat at tomatoes, and then where they poked in their unwelcome noses, the tomatoes go yellow splotched, and turn mushy. Any option beside squishing them?

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Sep 24th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Safer EndAll Insect Killer is OMRI listed, contains neem oil, and is labelled to combat stink bugs http://www.groworganic.com/safer-endall-insect-killer-rtu-32oz.html?SID=ef896f099e1a8d70a0caed47fcb5ecd5

Nancy Ekstrom Says:
May 24th, 2014 at 9:48 pm

When Fly Parasite Complex is used over a period of time, how should I keep the creatures alive?

Stephanie Brown Says:
May 27th, 2014 at 8:44 am

Hello Nancy,

There are instructions that come with the fly parasite complex. You can also look at the instructions online on the fly complex product page.

Lissa Mattson Says:
Jun 13th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

What can be used to keep squirrels from tomato plants ?

Stephanie Brown Says:
Jun 16th, 2014 at 11:03 am

Hello Lissa,

This repellent is labeled to repel squirrels and can be used on food crops: http://www.groworganic.com/plantskydd-rabbit-and-small-animal-repellent-powder-1-lb.html

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