Love My Vinegar!!: question

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Love My Vinegar!!

By bloominholes2fill
June 22, 2017

The majority of us are well aware that distilled white vinegar has more uses than we can fathom, right? After all, there are plenty of books written on the subject. Well, in the summer of 2011, I discovered a new, brilliant (even if I do say so myself) use for distilled white vinegar that will save you a little more time for your backyard R&R. So what is my, best-thing-since-sliced-bread-and-insect-screens new use for distilled white vinegar?

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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
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grannysgarden
Jun 22, 2017 1:12 PM CST
Do you know if vinegar is a mosquito deterrent? I love this idea and use dwv a lot. I will start using your idea now... anything to make work smarter just makes sense. And, this is an environmentally friendly way to work. Smiling
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Name: Dana
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bloominholes2fill
Jun 22, 2017 3:37 PM CST
Bonnie, I can't say if vinegar in the water deters mosquitos, but I can tell you that I haven't seen mosquito larvae squiggling around in the water before changing it out, either! Smiling Quite possibly because I do change out the water at least every other day, or more, if possible. I don't ever leave standing water in the bath for more than 3 days TOPS, though. Smiling

Vinegar in the water simply buys a day or two for busy gardeners to change out the birdbath water when time allows, and it makes for a quick and easy cleaning. ....and, yep....environmentally friendly and, best of all, it's cheap!! Thumbs up Thumbs up

I certainly do not recommend leaving standing water with vinegar in the birdbath for days on end, whatsoever!! Thumbs down It's not healthy for the animals, and I would venture to guess that mosquitos may be just as likely to breed in a *neglected* birdbath with vinegar in the water, as they would without vinegar in there Blinking Blinking but I'm a simple home gardener, not an Entemologist!! I'm all ears!
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Jun 22, 2017 5:00 PM CST
Thank you for the prompt response to my question. The reason I asked is that we are being asked to turn over all bird baths and not put water in them unless we use mosquito rings. I have my bird baths on their side at the present. We are not in drought conditions so the water is used to lure the birds in and not to sustain them. Smiling
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Name: Dana
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bloominholes2fill
Jun 22, 2017 7:20 PM CST
Hmmm, I don't know a thing about mosquito rings, but it would seem to me that they would be toxic for birds, or any other animals! Sad
Well perhaps your local municipality expert could answer the question, because I really don't know if there's any scientific proof one way or the other, in regards to vinegar deterring mosquitos..... Shrug!

Apparently they're wanting to control the mosquito population in your area, and understandably so!! Blinking Blinking
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LizDTM
Jun 22, 2017 7:35 PM CST
The mosquito rings are not supposed to be toxic for birds. I have had to use them in the past.
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bloominholes2fill
Jun 24, 2017 9:09 PM CST
Good to know, Liz! Thank You!
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Name: Liz Shaw
Gilbert, AZ (Sunset Zone 13) (Zone 9a)
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LizDTM
Jun 24, 2017 10:01 PM CST
You're welcome, Dana! I tip my hat to you.
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billn9
Jun 25, 2017 5:43 PM CST
Liz is correct. The mosquito rings/bits/dunks contain a bacillus that targets mosquito larvae as well as spider mite larvae. The bacillus is harmless to plants and animals.
Name: Kat
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kittriana
Sep 6, 2017 9:43 AM CST
Your vinegar is distilled enough it doesn't act as a weed killer, tho many plants are more susceptible to the vinegar. Vinegar makes the water more acid and kills and carries away the bacteria and tiny bad guys which sustain the life of skeeters, so making the water less acceptible to egg laying skeeters with other sources. Agreed the mosquito dunks, rings, and sprinkles are birth control for mosquitoes and don't affect birds nor animals. By the way, vinegar is actually healthy for drinking at a ratio of 1 Tbsp to 8ozs water, and helps clean your own impurities, so you just made the birds have cleaner kidneys, chuckl
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Legalily
Sep 6, 2017 11:44 AM CST
Thank You! Thank You! Hilarious!
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bloominholes2fill
Sep 6, 2017 7:50 PM CST
Anything to help nature along! Hilarious!
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