When I hear one of the Mister Mosquito commercials, I wonder what the long term ramifications are. What happens to the bats with their major food source being irradicated?  Walter Reeves, the Georgia Gardner, gets calls on his local radio show all the time from bird-watchers whose birds left their yard.  He asked if they recently used a pesticide and that is usually the case.  The birds moved because their food source was depleted.

My mom recently told me that property owners on Lake Lanier can not cut down trees on CORE property unless it is less than 3 inches in diameter because they are seeing a decrease in the bat population. So we automatically think it is because we are ruining the bats’ habitat, but is it? Perhaps there aren’t as many bats because their food supply is decreasing or they have moved to an area that has a better food supply. It seems that fogging companies are popping up everywhere ready to make your outdoor space bug free.

As warm weather comes, please consider the consequences of what you are using and spraying outside. Yes, mosquitoes may be a nuisance and with the media scaring us with the Zeka Virus it may seem the best way to protect ourselves is by eradicating the “enemy”. But that “enemy” does serve a purpose in the scheme of things.

I have been told by someone who uses one of these fogging services that it cuts down on ALL the bugs. Is this a good thing? Again, what does that do to the delicate ecosystem. Bugs do serve us in different capacities, though we may not know what it is yet (I’m thinking mosquitoes, ticks & fleas). So before calling the mosquito fogging company or reaching for that spray bottle of pesticide on the store shelf, please think about the long term effects. Think about how it effects the food chain and may change the microbiology as well. There is bacteria in the soil that out plants need to thrive too.

Is there another way? What about building some bat boxes on your property and welcoming the mosquito’s natural predator onto your property. Here are 27 DIY bat house links from small to condo size. And if you really want to learn about bats, here is a free bat handbook. And believe it or not, there are lots of cute bat house ideas on Pinterest so you can have fun with it and make it a family project.

Another thought in using pesticides is the toxins you and your family will be exposed to. We’ll leave that for another post. You can take personal protection by wearing long sleeves and pants and using a natural repellent on your exposed areas. There are many essential oils you can mix with fractionated coconut oil to repel mosquitoes like cedarwood essential oil.  (Trust your essential oil suppliere as you can do yourself more harm by using synthetic or inferior essential oils. Contact me and I’ll tell you who I trust.)  There is an essential oil blend available with Ylang Ylang Flower, Nootka Wood, Cedarwood Wood, Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea Fruit, Arborvitae Wood essential oils and Vanilla Bean Absolute in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil and Tamanu Seed Oil. Contact me to learn where you can get this blend already made up for you. Go outside and enjoy yourself safely.

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