Common Household Remedies Request
I killed my first mosquito yesterday, when I was sitting at my desk. Unfortunately, my grand scheme to attract birds -- which presumably would eat the mosquitoes, at least if they were the right sort of bird -- by building them a nice messy hedge-y area fell to the ground, for lack of funds in time for the Fedco tree sale (though I still will be able to build a water feature).
So, I'm looking for alternative ways to minimize my mosquito population (besides avoiding standing water by fixing the leaks in my hoses).
One solution I've heard is bats. I'm not sure about that. Will they come in the house?
Another solution I've heard of is lavender. I might plant some lavender near my desk for beauty's sake alone, but are mosquitoes really repelled by its odor?