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Solve Your Mosquito Problems

By flaflwrgrl
November 19, 2011

Don't worry that rain barrels will become mosquito breeders. Just toss a mosquito dunk in the barrel. EPA approved in 50 states, biological control of mosquito larvae.

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Name: Susan
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gardenersdetective
Nov 18, 2011 6:28 PM CST
When I have a large container without a hole I sometimes like to make it a little water garden. Mosquito Dunks work great in container water gardens too. Best price I've found for them is at HD.
Name: tabby
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tabby
Nov 18, 2011 6:36 PM CST
And they're safe for fish too. I use them in my water gardens that have lots of fish.
Name: Renée
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KyWoods
Nov 18, 2011 7:20 PM CST
Are they safe for kitties and wildlife, then?
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 18, 2011 7:36 PM CST
You can read about them here:

http://www.summitchemical.com/mosquito/mosquito-dunks/

Among other things, it says: "Non-toxic to all other wildlife , pets, fish, and humans".
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
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Name: Renée
Northern KY
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KyWoods
Nov 18, 2011 8:13 PM CST
Great, thanks!
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 18, 2011 8:22 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
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Henryr10
Nov 18, 2011 8:41 PM CST
Dunks work GREAT!

But are a bit expensive if you have large areas or a lot of water containers.
We have dozens of water plant containers so went thru a lot of Dunks.
A cheaper option is getting it in powder or granular form.
Aquabac is our preferred product.
What you are looking for is Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis israelenis).

Our cats and dogs drink the pond and container water and have shown no effects in 4 years of use.
Fish, frogs, etc and other insects are not affected.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Nov 19, 2011 4:41 AM CST
I use them in my 75 gallon rain barrel. Thumbs up
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Name: Susan
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Tallulah_B
Nov 19, 2011 12:40 PM CST
This sounds great! I wonder if they're available in HD in Canada? I'm all ears!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 19, 2011 12:46 PM CST
Susan, there are lots of places besides HD who sell it. Or you can order it online. I first found out about it in one of those gardening supply catalogs & ordered it from them as I had not seen any in stores. That was years ago.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Susan
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gardenersdetective
Nov 19, 2011 1:21 PM CST
Susan there were many Canadian resources for dunks and BTI when I googled.
http://www.homedepot.ca/product/mosquito-dunks-6-pack/917448

http://www.pondexperts.ca/pond_additives.htm#ecwid:category=...

http://store.thepondreport.com/pages/Mosquito-Control-in-Can...

Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
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Tallulah_B
Nov 19, 2011 1:22 PM CST
I'll have to look for them then!!
Our mobile park doesn't allow any standing water features because of the potential for mosquito problems, but they should fix that! Big Grin I'm all ears!
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Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
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Tallulah_B
Nov 19, 2011 1:28 PM CST
HD Canada only sells them online..... and so do the other two companies.
I really dislike buying online. I'm a more "immediate" shopper Rolling on the floor laughing
The only $$ transactions I do online are at my bank site (pay bills, transfer $$ between accounts, etc). On an IM program I had my identity stolen, so I don't do much online anymore, other than chatting Blinking Big Grin
Susan
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Name: Susan
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gardenersdetective
Nov 19, 2011 4:31 PM CST
Susan your local pond stores and bigger nurseries may carry it.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 19, 2011 5:36 PM CST
Susan, Lowe's & Wal Mart sell them in the US. Do you have those there?
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~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Gordon
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GordonHawk
Nov 19, 2011 5:47 PM CST
yes.. they are great in standing water to kill the mosquito larvae... then or later as they are introduced..
I have found they are great to kill the little black soil knats in the soil of potted plants.. the soil knats don't do much .. but their larvae that live in the soil eat a bunch of the roots.. ..disolve a few bits of a dunk in the water you use to water the plants.. pour it on soaking the soil.. the BT that kills the mosquito larvae.. also kill the black soil knat larvae,, that are in the soil.. eatting the roots of the plants.. removing the soil knats in future generations... perfectly safe inside as it is outside..
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 19, 2011 5:54 PM CST
Hey thanks Gordon; I didn't know they took care of the soil gnats too. Great info.!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Gordon
Brooklyn , New York
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GordonHawk
Nov 19, 2011 7:13 PM CST
well... Ann.. it takes care of the knats in the next generation.. where there aren't many.. .. but the flies aren't much of a problem.. except they are making the pesky larvae that will eat the roots.. and this will kill off the larvae..
it works well in killing off the larvae.. so I've not had the chance to understand how long the BT in the soil is there killing off future introductions of the larvae.. or if the BT is able to be active after the soil dries out in a day or so.. or perhaps becomes reactivated when rewatering later.. seems like a great doctorial project I'd love to read..
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 19, 2011 7:31 PM CST
I had a big potted plant outdoors which was so heavy it was almost impossible to move. It had a saucer under it which made moving it even more difficult. Sometimes it would rain so much the soil was more than soaked & the saucer was full of water. I couldn't even tip the saucer. The plant was a Schefflera arboricola which is amazing in that it takes wet conditions without complaint as well as the driest dry, punishing drought conditions in the same manner. I eventually just began crumbling the mosquito dunks up on top of the soil around the plant & figured it would become activated when it got good & wet. It seemed to work that way as I never had problems with mosquitoes in that area even when the saucer sat full of water for days on end. And this was down in zone 10 of Fl.
So I think you're right Gordon about it getting reactivated with water. I did make sure I put some new crumbles in there every 3 months or so.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Renée
Northern KY
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KyWoods
Nov 20, 2011 7:57 AM CST
Excellent ideas, thanks!

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