Like clockwork after all of the rain and flooding we had - swarms descending the moment you breathe or move or step outside. My yard is covered in lemon balm, we have netting on our gazebo, and there is no standing water (and the bird bath gets refreshed & a vegetable based mosquito spray daily) - yet we cannot step outside without being devoured. We went out to pick veggies quickly from our garden for dinner (forget about watering anything - too many mosquitoes!) and were swarmed. I had the fan blowing and a spray bottle of water mixed with a heavy dose of Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap and sprayed every mosquito I saw as the boys played on the deck a bit, but we were still forced inside. Eek!
Time for this again::
Bzzz, Bzzz!: Mosquitoes in Your Backyard by Nancy Loewen
Well, maybe that and some full body netting!
Note: I received emails asking about good natural repellents. Here are just a few:
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus
We also plan to make some special candles for outside using our beeswax - citronella is a known repellent, but there are also other oils such as geranium, thyme, clove, and eucalyptus which would make great bug candles!