As summer draws to a close, many of us are squeezing in our last cookouts, patio parties, camping trips, and gardening chores. We’re also noticing the arrival of some uninvited guests, mosquitoes, flies and moths, to name just a few. Most of these ‘pests’ are simply annoying, but others can pose more serious threats. For example, avoiding mosquitoes has been in the news lately due to concerns about the West Nile Virus, which is spread by mosquitoes.
Agastache cana (Mosquito repellent)
Of course, the presence of insects is not only natural, it’s an essential aspect of a healthy garden. The challenge comes in managing the ‘pests’ – those biting, veggie-decimating, marching-inside-the-house sorts of pests – while doing no harm to the microcosmic health of our garden, or to ourselves, our families, pets and wildlife, and the environment as a whole.