Texas Gardening forum: Spartan Mosquito Eradicator

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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Apr 11, 2018 9:38 AM CST
Not trying to promote this, but have any of you folks tried this? I use the donuts and pellets, but I let so many containers sit in shallow water and the donuts seem to work better on the larger bodies of water, though that may be my imagination. I just heard about this product and was wondering about it.
Donald
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
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fwmosher
Apr 11, 2018 1:31 PM CST
Donald, you did not mention the product, but I am quite certain that it contains BTK, (bacillus thuringensis) sp? a natural product found in the soil, which when ingested by mosquito larvae, caterpillars, etc. literally eats out their stomachs. It is a great product for any standing water, and for a zillion other uses! And it is safe! Use away! Any dead mosquito is a good one! Cheers!
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Apr 11, 2018 2:04 PM CST
fwmosher said:Donald, you did not mention the product, but I am quite certain that it contains BTK, (bacillus thuringensis) sp? a natural product found in the soil, which when ingested by mosquito larvae, caterpillars, etc. literally eats out their stomachs. It is a great product for any standing water, and for a zillion other uses! And it is safe! Use away! Any dead mosquito is a good one! Cheers!


Well, actually I just heard about the product. Spartan is the brand name. I've just been searching out stuff on the net :). Best I can tell, the active ingredient is Boron or some sort of yeast. It attracts mosquitoes. They eat it. Then they swell up and burst and die, disrupting the reproduction cycle of a mosquito. You hang it in shade away from where people hang out. It's attractive to mosquitoes in lieu of warm blood, so it works by pulling them away from the area, then subsequently killing the mosquitoes. Some sites said it took 1-2 weeks for it to fully take effect and after that it needed to be replaced in prox 90 days.

Here's one of several I've read apart from their own webpage. This one was from 2017.

http://www.wdam.com/story/3541...

I sort of liked this one because it had the inventor as well as a third party talking about the product. I'm hoping this will be a wildly successful product like the Weedeater was Big Grin . Would sure be nice to have some safe outdoor control of mosquitoes. Everyone is always afraid of venomous snakes, sharks, big cats and alligators and the like, but mosquitoes kill far, far more people than all those fearsome creatures put together.
Donald
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds Roses Clematis Lilies Peonies
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fwmosher
Apr 12, 2018 10:07 AM CST
You certainly are entitled to your opinion! There are some serious inconsistencies however in your postings, and as someone who hates mosquitos as much as the next person, (and keeps quite current on new controls for same) I have some concerns with a couple of your comments: (a. "I just heard about the product" - but you claim you are already using it? (b. "I am using the doughnuts and pellets"- well if you check out Spartans site, they list one format, that being a long cylinder with Boron in it, that you hang from trees. Most major hardware chains do sell mosquito control "doughnuts" but they contain BTK not Boron and there are no "Spartan" mosquito product offerings through "the chains" that I can find. Boron, and one of it's relatives, Borax, is the prime ingredient in most "Ant Trap" items, and it works, because the ants carry it back to the colonies, and everyone feasts on it, and their stomachs expand and burst. To my knowledge, mosquitos do not have "colonies, "although sometimes I look down at my leg, and say "there's one now"!!) Further, Spartan's website is very unconvincing! No peer-reviewed papers, just a few "testimonials" from feed supply shops somewhere in the hinterland. Sorry, not convinced, that this is not indeed a "commercial"?
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Apr 12, 2018 11:01 AM CST
@fwmosher
I'm sorry if I haven't been clear. No, I am not using the product. It came across a Facebook friends timeline day before yesterday and caught my interest. I'd never heard of it until then.

I have and do use the products that contain BTK. They work pretty well for larger containers, but aren't very convenient for things like saucers and birdbaths.

Yes, as far as I can tell, to get the Spartan product it has to come directly from them and isn't available from retail outlets. It also sounds a bit too good to be true, but it also sounds like a new device originating from a creative person. That's why I put out the query here to see if anyone else was familiar with the product or perhaps used it. I may or may not try it myself, but the description of the results make it tempting to give a try.
Donald
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Apr 13, 2018 12:21 AM CST
The story was confusing because the product was a tube but then it was a bomb? How does that work? Even tho I haven't read the silly thing since I was a kid, it reminded me of something that Mad Magazine might cook up.

The other interesting factoid was that someone actually counted 27 mosquitoes at a Zika site. Another 'how'd they do that?'

Sounds like another W-DAM story.

It would be wonderful if it really does work. Seriously. Keep us informed if you find out more about it, Donald. I'm spending a lot of money on those little 'dunken donuts'.
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Apr 13, 2018 11:04 AM CST
This product seems to be more of a Facebook oriented outfit in re advertising. There are, in fact, a large number of retailers that presumably are carrying it in their stores. Most all of them are feed stores or building suppliers, that sort of thing. The two closest to my location are in Goldthwaite and Weatherford with Boyd and Springtown just a smidgen further. I didn't see any retail outfits that look like chains, e.g. no Tractor Supply stores. Looked like locally owned places. Maybe it will show up closer to me.

It was actually my niece in the Longview area who posted about it. She's going to try it out and posted about it. If it works get some for the grandkids in Louisiana Big Grin . I don't think she much cares if hubby and other adults get bit or not! She has had a couple of her FB friends that have tried it reply to her query, so I'm watching to see if some more that have actually used it chime in.

I'm really skeptical, though. To their credit the company has left some extremely negative reviews of the product on their FB page and those were the ones I was most interested in. I might not be interested at all but the mud swallows aren't here this year. I don't know why. They should already be nesting. The barn swallows are here now and they are always several weeks later. I'm not seeing any mud swallows. Both eat mosquitoes, but mud swallows usually have 3-4 nesting pairs that raise two families a season. When they are feeding the offspring, there are very few mosquitoes around the house. There never has been more than one nesting pair of barn swallows and they haven't always been successful. Maybe if I gave up and let them come in the garage to nest like they want Shrug! . Man, they are stubborn about wanting to nest there.
Donald

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