Danger is lurking in my garden. Unfortunately, it’s not as cute as the picture.
Today I got my first mosquito bite. It’s March. This does not bode well for summer.
For those who haven’t followed my personal blog, let me first warn you that I live in the land of giant bugs. Plentiful bugs. Bugs which cause all sorts of misery from kitten-killing fleas and ants and garden killing squash bugs to mosquitos that do their best to ensure you’ll never enjoy an outdoor party. I think people in colder climes often don’t quite understand what this perpetual warm weather (did I mention we didn’t have a winter this year?) can do to an otherwise vaguely annoying but tolerable critter.
On that note, I’ve tried varying remedies and repellants in the past, but nothing really works for long against the aforementioned mosquito. I need something bigger in scale than a simple repellant, but also something that won’t hurt my precious bees. What to do? What to do? It was driving me Batty!
oh, now there’s an idea! Bats! Did you know that one brown bat can eat thousands of mosquitos every single night? That sounds like music to my ears. So, this year I’ll be adding a bathouse to my garden. If you want to build your own, or just learn more about these amazing creatures, check out batconservation.org, or these bat house plans, found for free over here.