Organic Mosquito Control & Fly Traps

Uploaded by groworganic on 06.05.2011

Hi I'm Tricia a California organic gardener and summer is coming and along with it
come wonderful dinners outside
and homegrown vegetables
as well
as flies and mosquitoes
today we're going to talk about controlling those pesky insects organically
first off when it comes to flies you want to be sure and control both the larva
or maggot stage
and the adult fly
your controls will be much more effective if you go after both of the life
cycles of the fly
so to attack the larva stage I've enlisted the help of some of these flights parasites
you can release these in warm weather about every one to four weeks
so if you have farm animals like my chickens
or my neighbor horse ginger
you should release about
every one to two weeks
these little
fly parasites actually mini wasps and you can release them next to a fly breeding
site like the manure pile or in my case the chicken house
these little wasps
will parasatize and kill the larva of many different fly species
well we just took care of the fly larva now we're going to trap the adults
we're going to do it in this sturdy wooden fly trap made right here in
Grass Valley, let me show you how it works so take the two screws out of this fly trap
to open it
get the
tin pan
pour the bait in it, this bait is made of ammonium carbonate and yeast and the flies
really love it
so the reason the flies like this bait so much is because its smelly
so that's going to help you determine where to put it, I'm putting it in my
yard under direct sun next to the fence where I have another horse pasture, so
what's going to happen
is they're going to visit the bait and then
they're going to try to get out and there going to get out through this little hole
and that's going to lead them right inside the trap
you can reuse this trap year after year
and catch thousands and thousands of flies
so another great trap for smaller yards is this flies be-gone trap
it's really easy to deploy simply pour in the non-toxic bait and fill with water
and hang it up
the Victor fly Catcher
no vapors, no bait, no mess, no stink
this can be hung in your shop
in your stable in your
barn in your garage. pull it and twist
now you can hang it
for wasps and yellow jackets just
use this pesticide free trap it contains a lure and you just add water
well that takes care of one pest but what about the mosquito that's probably one
of the biggest pests of all
and the most important thing in controlling mosquito populations is to remove any
place where they breed and that means
getting rid of any standing
or stagnant water for ponds and another water features you can use these
BT mosquito dunks
these are biological mosquito controls
BT is a naturally occurring bacteria that kills the target insect species
in this case the mosquito but leaves other species alone
bats eat millions of mosquitoes in the summertime
and if you want to check more bats to your place
just install one of these bat houses like I have
of course that bath house isnt quite big enough
because my bats have also nested behind my garden art
This garlic based mosquito barrier will help you enjoy your garden more in the evening
and it's safe to spray around kids and pets and even your food garden
and don't worry it wont make everything smell like garlic
spray generously around the area of your yard you want mosquito free
it kills adult mosquitoes and larva and it works on tick,gnats and fleas too
take back your summer from the bugs and do it organically
enjoy your yard all summer long
and grow organic for life!