Garden Q & A: Treating yards for mosquitoes

Q: Many of my neighbors are having their yards treated for mosquitoes. We’ve always controlled ours by making sure there weren’t any standing water sources in the yard by cleaning out the gutters regularly and changing the bird bath daily.

This spring, I noticed an increase in bad bugs in our yards and a decrease of good bugs. Is it possible there is a correlation between the spraying for mosquitoes and the increase of bad bugs?

A: While I have no way of knowing what your neighbors are spraying, anything that kills mosquitoes would likely affect other insects as well. Many of the mosquito sprays are contact sprays that kill insects on contact, not just mosquitoes. I would bet there is a direct correlation between their spraying and the absence of good bugs.

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