There are a number of diseases carried by mosquitoes, including West Nile fever, malaria, dengue fever and yellow fever. These unwanted invaders begin their life cycle in the form of eggs laid by mosquitoes in any type of standing water, from small puddles to your dog's water dish. In a few days, they grow into larvae, which feed on algae, fungi, bacteria, and plankton. There are several safe, natural ways to eliminate mosquito larvae from standing water around your lawn and garden.
Crush two to three bulbs of garlic in a blender or food processor on low for 20 to 30 seconds.
Place the mash into a piece of cheesecloth. Squeeze the cheesecloth over a bowl to remove all of the garlic juice. Discard the leftover mash.
Add 1 gallon of water to the garlic juice.
Pour the garlic juice into any standing water around your lawn and garden. The garlic juice suffocates and kills the mosquito larvae.
Add apple cider vinegar to any standing water around the home, including inside the dog's water bowl. The vinegar safely kills the mosquito larvae without harming your pets.
Place mosquito control agents, such as Mosquito Dunks, into the water. These natural pesticides contain the active ingredient Bt-israelensis (Bt-i), which kills mosquito larvae without harming any humans, pets, or other wildlife. Add dunks to any water, including ponds, once a month.
Dump out or eliminate any unneeded pools of standing water around your lawn and garden. Pour out any infected rain barrels full of water and fill any puddles in your lawn or driveway.