Is Your Tropical Landscaping Creating or Solving Your Mosquito Problem?

In South Florida, summer is here practically all year long. With a tropical, humid climate comes plenty of pesky mosquitoes and bothersome insects right outside your doorstep. But is your fresh garden creating your mosquito problem or solving it? 

Your landscape may be the culprit, which is why it’s crucial to consider what plants repel mosquitoes and which plants attract them. Our experts at Landscaping by Steve Blaum can help you figure out just that.

Mosquito-Attracting Plants

One of the most popular yet most mosquito-attracting plants in South Florida are bromeliads, which are ornamental plants that are attractive and easy to maintain. However, certain types of bromeliads, such as tank bromeliads, can hold water between their leaves. 

The space between the leaves makes a great place for mosquitoes to breed as the eggs hatch when water is present. After a few days, they become adult mosquitoes that can bite people and spread diseases such as yellow fever, dengue fever, chikungunya, and Zika

While bromeliads may look beautiful, they can be mosquito nest resorts that pose threats to the health of your family and your landscape. Other plants that attract mosquitoes are mainly those containing nectar and honey dew because both male and female mosquitoes feed on it. 

Most plants with flowers contain nectar; therefore, if you are a flower lover and have placed flowers throughout your modern tropical landscape in Miami, it’s best to place plants that will repel the mosquitoes attracted to your flowers.

Also, you mustn’t leave any standing water anywhere around your house. Just like nectar in plants and flowers attracts mosquitoes, so does water. Without it, mosquitos cannot breed and create offspring. Some plants that attract mosquitos include bamboo, taro, papyrus, water lilies, water hyacinths, and water lettuce.

 

Mosquito Repellent Plants

What plants repel mosquitoes? Fortunately, plenty of mosquito repellent plants can add to your modern tropical landscape in Miami and the South Florida area. Here are just a few of them!

  • Lavender The relaxing smell, as well as its pretty looks, can make a great addition to your garden. Best of all, bugs hate lavender. This plant repels fleas, moths, and mosquitoes, and it can add a pop of color to your porch! Take some lavender from your garden and hang it in bunches near entry points to your home, and you can deter pests from flying inside.
  • Wormwood This plant has a unique look of velvet as well as a beautiful silver-green color. While wormwood plants are attractive to us, they’re definitely not appealing to pests. Planting wormwood helps deter the presence of flies, mosquitos, moths, ants, and even mice.
  • Marigolds Not only are these plants gorgeous but also they carry a distinct scent that keeps mosquitos away. The best place to put these plants is near entry points for mosquitoes, like your home’s doors and windows or along porch steps. Marigolds contain pyrethrum, a compound used in many repellents and sometimes referred to as nature’s insecticide. These strong fragrant flowers are popular edging plants for vegetable gardens so that pests don’t feast on your food.
  • Sweet Basil The leaves on this plant contain an oil called estragole that’s toxic to mosquito larvae. Because mosquito eggs hatch in water, the best place to plant basil is near a water source. This will control the mosquito population in the area and prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs. 

How Landscaping by Steve Blaum Can Help: Modern Tropical Landscaping Miami

If you want to know what plants repel mosquitoes that best fit with your garden, we highly recommend discussing with a professional so they can develop a tailor-made plan just for your modern tropical landscaping in Miami

At Landscaping by Steve Blaum, the most important part of our process is sitting down with you, the customer. This meeting ensures we know exactly what you expect from your architectural landscape design, and it takes into consideration aspects such as the climate, soil quality, groundwater drainage, and topography of the area. 

You may not feel familiar with all those specialized terms. However, that is what we are here for—to serve as the middleman between discussing options in simple terms and working with our team to bring it to life. Our professionals will be able to consider all the scenarios to design the most functional, beautiful, and mosquito-free landscape for your home.

Contact our Landscaping by Steve Blaum team today, we’ll map out the perfect landscape for keeping those mosquitoes at bay!

Lavender is not only a beautiful addition to your garden, but also it’s a great mosquito repellent plant.
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Whitefly Infestations Miami

Whitefly Infestations Are Not Plant-Friendly. Find out Why!

Whitefly Infestations Miami

South Florida has been plagued for nearly five years by nuisance whiteflies, but a new strain is turning leaves on ficus plants sticky and stained.

This new species is popping up “in pockets” across South Florida and leaving ficus hedges weakened or unsightly. It’s the third nuisance strain of whitefly to hit South Florida, but the others “never had this icky excrement,” said Michael Orfanedes, a commercial horticulture agent with Broward County Extension Education.

The new species, discovered locally in the past month, is called Bondar’s Nesting Whitefly. They look like white blotches on the top of ficus leaves. As they feed, the flies excrete a sticky goo that leads to black discoloration from sooty mold fungus, said Orfanedes.

It’s too early to know the extent of local damage and how much homeowners will have to spend to replace damaged plants, he said.

About four weeks ago Orfanedes said, he received a call from Charles Livio, the city horticulturist in Oakland Park, to investigate an “odd type insect infestation.” Orfanedes checked it out and thought to himself: “I don’t know what this is, but it doesn’t look good.” He sent a sample to state officials who said it “looked like what had been discovered in Collier County” – Bondar’s Nesting Whitefly.

The bugs leave a “sticky mess,” Orfanedes said. To counteract them, he said, some people are releasing “beneficial” insects like ladybugs and predatory wasps. Certain insecticides can treat the problem, or better yet, “replace the ficus hedge and be done with it,” he advised.

Livio said a city employee discovered the problem in a resident’s front yard.

“It’s very noticeable because unlike the previous Whitefly Infestations Miami, this whitefly is also noticeable on the top surface of the leaf,” Livio said.

The flies present no health concerns for people, but “for ficus, it’s one more nail in the coffin,” Orfanedes said.