Are you a Gardener that hates mosquitoes? Here you are enjoying a day in the yard and it becomes a nightmare while these blood suckers relentlessly pursue your blood.
Granted, we will always have pests. This is an ongoing push and pull so what have we done to win this battle? Toxic, synthetic pesticides have been churned out of scientific laboratories for the past 50 years or so (with not so good results, so we have come back to the simplest and least technologically based solution – to control pests, you must stop their ability to breed.
Pest control recently has shifted to the ridiculous goal of complete pest eradication. We hire and we spray and if one pest is visible, it is unacceptable. Yet this is the overuse of poisons and this effort of trying to keep bugs out of our lives has caused new problems, it has seriously backfired. Not only are these toxins causing long-term health issues but the environment is truly suffering. Nature is getting out of whack – endangering species are the norm, pests have become pesticide-resistant, and diseases like West Nile Virus are increasing. There is some serious poof of a Nature imbalance.
Obviously, complete pest eradication does not work. And toxic, man-made chemicals create their own set of problems. So how do we peacefully co-exist with mosquitoes? Again, to control pests, we must stop their ability to breed.
For example, consider mosquitoes. This blood sucking monster causes more deaths of humans each year than anything other reason. They transfer diseases and parasites (West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, Malaria, etc.) and sicken more people each year than the combination of all other health worries combined. We now have ‘Pesticide Resistance’ in many strains of mosquitoes due to multiple applications of toxic chemicals specifically engineered to kill them. But effective control of mosquitoes is actually simple: if you eliminate their ability to procreate, you will have no more.
Mosquitoes must have a minimum of a tablespoon of standing water to breed. Imagine all the one tablespoon locations just in your back yard – puddles on top of tarps, collected rainfall in clogged gutters and stagnant water festering in your unused toys. The list of opportunities is almost limitless! But if you simply remove these collections of rainfall, it will destroy areas to breed and voila – no more mosquitoes.
There is no need to use toxins, poisons, carcinogens and other environmental disasters. All a Gardener has to do is make sure no more eggs are laid. So the next time you’re out enjoying your Garden, look around for all the places a tablespoon of water could accumulate and get rid of it. If you control the breeding, you eliminate more mosquitoes and that makes for a happier you.