Mosquitoes are not your favorite garden guest and tend to multiply by the minute. However, despite traditional mosquito repellants, many found dragonflies to be the perfect cure for a mosquito-free home.
Dragonflies feed on mosquitoes and can consume up to one hundred of these pesky insects a day. On top of that, dragonflies do not harm your plants, which makes them extra useful as a natural mosquito repellant.
Dragonflies eat mosquitoes in all their forms, meaning, fully grown and as larvae. But, how does one attract dragonflies to their yard? Let’s find out.
How to Attract Dragonflies to Your Yard?
1. Create a pond
Dragonflies respond to water, so you will need to set up a pond in your backyard. Make the pond fifteen feet in width and 1-2 feet depth. In addition, place some rocks near the water so dragonflies can have their resting place.
If you don’t have the space or tools to build a pond, you can always use a small kiddy pool to attract dragonflies and end the mosquito population in your garden.
2. Water Plants
Together with the pond, you will also need to think of getting water plants which ensure the survival of dragonflies. Such plants include water lilies, which will serve as a ground where dragonflies can lay their eggs.
Another great plant to have is Glyceria Maxima, which allows the dragonflies to move in and out of the water with ease.
3. Vitamin B1
Supported by studies, vitamin B1 helps exterminate mosquitoes effectively. Vitamin B1 also helps remove natural odors mosquitos usually come after.
For this, take a spoon of spirulina a day, thus forever dealing with annoying garden mosquitos.
Other Natural Ways to Repel Mosquitos
Aside from the aforementioned, you can also use the following garden tricks to keep mosquitoes at bay:
- Plant herbs, such as citronella, lemongrass, garlic, lemongrass, basil, cedarwood, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, peppermint, thyme, onions, and marigolds.
- Limiting water sources, which serve to attract mosquitoes. This includes cleaning out gutters, fixing broken faucets, draining excess water from plant pots and/or creating a pond.
- Cut an orange peel in rectangular shape and use it instead of plug-in device inserts.
- Apply old coffee grounds to your plants and sprinkle some around your garden and on the patio.