How we keep our
Mosquito population down
You don’t have to be an entomologist (a.k.a. an insect scientist) to notice that the mosquito population size can vary from year to year and place to place. Temperature and rainfall are two major predictors of mosquito abundance, and there is nothing anyone can do about that. So why does the main building area of the farm always have less mosquitos compared with other places? Keep in mind we do have ponds, a creek and wetlands in our property.
The farm is blessed with 1 1/2 bat populations, one is self-stablished and one we are constantly trying to encourage. They eat many kinds of insects, including pest such as mosquitoes, moths, and beetles. There are reports that state one small brown bat can easily catch 1,000 mosquito-sized insects in an hour, and a nursing mother eats approximately 4,500 insects every night. Even though there is a lot of discussion regarding this topic in the scientific community we are certain our bats help us keep our mosquito population down!
Marigolds, tansy & other plants
Did you know there are plants that naturally repel mosquitos? Andrea has been doing an amazing job at not only keeping the place beautiful with an abundance of flowers but also growing plants attract beneficial insect & repel pests, including mosquitos. This not only benefits the vegetables in our gardens, but it also makes it more comfortable to be outside!
Lemongrass or citronella is a natural mosquito repellant. At night we will set some around the pond in order to control the mosquitos.
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