Hi I’m Tricia I grow organically. For a healthy, safe food supply. For a clean and sustainable environment. For an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Hi I’m Tricia a California organic gardener. And summer is coming and along with it comes wonderful dinners outside and home grown vegetables As well as flies and mosquitos Today we’re gonna talk about controlling those pesky insects organically. First off when it comes to flies, you want to be sure to control both the larva or maggot stage and the adult fly. Your controls will be much more effective if you go after both of the life cycles of the fly So to attack the larva stage i’ve enlisted the help of some of these fly parasites. You can release these in warm weather about every one to four weeks. So if you have farm animals like my chickens or my neighbor horse ginger You should release about every one to two weeks. These little fly parasites are actually mini wasps and you can release them next to a fly breeding site like a manure pile or in my case the chicken house. These little wasps will parasitize and kill the larva of many different fly species. Well we just took care of the fly larva. Now we’re going to trap the adult flies. We’re gonna do it in this sturdy wooden fly trap made right here in grass valley. Let me show you how it works. So just take the two screws out of this fly trap to open it. Get the tin pan and pour the bait in. This bait is made of ammonium carbonate and yeast. And the flies really love it. So the reason that the flies like this bait so much is because it’s smelly. So that’s gonna help you determine where to put it. I’m putting it in my yard under direct sun next to the fence where Ihave another horse pasture So, what’s gonna happen is they’re going to visit the bait And then They’re gonna try to get out and they’re gonna get out through this little hole And that’s gonna leave them right inside the trap You can reuse this trap year after year and catch thousands and thousands of flies So another great trap for smaller yards is this flies be gone trap. It’s really easy to deploy Simply pour in the non toxic bait and fill with water and hang it up. The Victor fly catcher No vapors, no bait, no mess, no stink. This can be hung up in your shop, in your stable, in your barn, in your garage. Just pull it and twist. Now you can hang it. For wasps and yellow jackets just use this pesticide free trap. It contains a lure and you just add water. Well that takes care of one pest but what about the mosquito? That’s probably one of the biggest pests of all And the most important thing when controlling mosquito populations is to remove any place where they breed. And that means getting rid of any standing or stagnant waters. For ponds and other water features use these BT mosquito dunks. These are biological mosquito controls. BT is a naturally occurring bacteria that kills the target insect species. In this case the mosquito but leaves other species alone. Bats eat millions of mosquitos in the summer time and if you want to attract more bats to your place just install one of these bat houses like I have. Of course that bat house isn’t quite big enough because my bats have also nested behind my garden art. This garlic based mosquito barrier will help you enjoy your garden more in the evenings. And it’s safe to spray around kids and pets and even your food garden. And don’t worry it won’t make everything smell like garlic. Spray generously around the area of your yard you want mosquito free. Take back your summer from the bugs and do it organically. Enjoy your yard all summer long and grow organic for life. Thank you for watching. Please subscribe to our channel, share this video and follow us at the sites below. Don’t forget to like this video.