Ok, not really, but stepping out into my garden to pick tomatoes at night sure does leave me feeling like I live in a swamp. Even in long pants and long sleeves, I still get about a dozen bites each time. Ouchie!
We already use mosquito dunks wherever we have water accumulating (rain barrels, etc), but there’s so much vegetation surrounding our yard that the pesky nibblers have just too many places to hide.
I’m not a big fan of sprays or repellents, and natural barriers like rosemary (which we have in our window boxes to keep them away from the house) can only do so much. However, there IS one dynamic mosquito-destroying machine that nature has provided us, the BAT!
According to the Bat Conservancy website,a single little brown bat can catch hundreds of mosquitos an hour!!
To encourage bats to come into your yard and help out with your mosquito problem, you need to give them a nice place to live.
Bats like houses, and here’s one set of plans for you to build your own. (Click it to go to a larger version)
Or, you can visit the Bat conservation website to get more plans, order a ready-built house, and to get tips on successful placement of your bat house.
I know what I’m making this weekend!!
EDITED to add:
Courtesy my friend Dave, here’s some Georgia-Specific bat box info!