Asked on Jun 19, 2019

What’s the best way of reducing backyard mosquitoes?

Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CABetsyBeth


3 answers
  • Beth
    on Jun 19, 2019

    Did you mean mosquitoes? I couldn't find anything on "backyard Moscow," but Google's suggested search was "backyard mosquitoes." If that's what you meant, I like to use citronella candles--seems to work well, and you can find them at most home improvement or big box stores.

  • Betsy
    on Jun 19, 2019

    Hi Joanne: If you did, indeed, mean mosquitoes, here's something that might help: I have spearmint, lemon mint and catnip planted in my yard and have few, if any mosquitoes. Mint is very invasive and you have to keep them in check or in pots. They are perennials, so once you plant them, you will have them:) I have mine planted hedge style in my back yard, in a square where I have my swing and hammock, but there is a lot of upkeep to that and keeping the volunteers in check.

    You can also make a spray to deter mosquitoes: Here's that recipe:

    Mosquito yard spray: 1 big bottle of cheap blue mouthwash - 3 cups Epsom salt - 3 12oz bottles of cheap stale beer. Mix until salt is dissolved. Put in spray bottle and spray everything. Won't harm plants or flowers. It says that mosquitoes will be gone for 80 days - if it doesn't rain, I guess. Spray your sitting areas too. Has a nice mint smell. Whomever passed this along to me got it from a Paul Harvey show. Yeah, you young 'ens don't remember him:(

    Good luck!


    In addition to plants, I have 2 patio fans. One on each end facing into the seating and dining area. Set on low creates a breeze so they stay away. Works like a charm!

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