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Straggler Daisy (Horseherb) and mosquitoes

Posted by tibble 8 Austin TX (My Page) on
Wed, Dec 12, 12 at 18:16

Hi, all! I'm looking to go over to the dark side and replace my St. Augustine with a Straggler Daisy (Horseherb) groundcover. But, I've heard anecdotally that this can provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes, especially if you allow leaves to decay beneath them - and I do have three large trees - but I'm reading here that you need standing water for that. It might serve as a hangout for the adults, though?

So I'm trying to get the real story here. I'm wondering:

1. is there any way that planting SD could worsen mosquito problems? (I don't keep standing water, but I can't speak for my neighbors.) If so, what's the best way to maintain the SD to minimize them?

2. could the SD actually *help* with mosquitoes, by attracting critters that feed on adults - anoles, dragonflies (if they eat the tiny bees that love the SD flowers), etc.?

Thank you so much for your information!


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RE: Straggler Daisy (Horseherb) and mosquitoes

Just linking to the answer that was already provided on another site. I think it is a good one.

I will add that I suspect horseherb might help promote all insect species and the accompanying predators of these insects.

Here is a link that might be useful: Answer

This post was edited by mistascott on Tue, Dec 18, 12 at 20:46

RE: Straggler Daisy (Horseherb) and mosquitoes

That's also me asking that question! When it comes to mosquitoes and the attracting/repelling thereof, I believe in getting second opinions ;-)

Thanks for the research.

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