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      Melinda's Garden Moment: Eco-friendly Mosquito Control

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      Don't let mosquitoes prevent you fromenjoying your garden this summer. A fanand a bit of outdoor housekeeping will help you manage these pests.

      Startby eliminating standing water in the yard. Buckets, old tires and clogged gutters and downspouts that hold watermake the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Clear the gutters, empty stagnant water andstore items upside down or in the garage.

      Changethe water in birdbaths once a week and keep the water in ponds and poolsmoving. Or use B.t.i. (Bacillus thuringiensisisraelensis) to kill any mosquito larvae that do hatch. These eco-friendly products will not harmbirds, fish, pets or children that may drink or play in the water.

      Adda bit more protection while gardening and sitting or eating outdoors. Your neighbors may think you are crazy butuse a fan to create a gentle breeze that keeps the weak flying mosquitoes awayfrom you and your guests.

      Let nature lend ahand. Bats and birds consume mosquitoesas part of their diets. Avoid usingpesticides, install nesting boxes and create a backyard wildlife friendlylandscape to invite these mosquito predators into your backyard.

      For more gardening tips, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com.

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