Aug 24, 2002, 3:34 PM
Post #30 of 68
Hi, Koifun! Thankyou for the warm welcome.
Re: [Koifun] mosquitoes - how to rid them??
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Here is the website for Water Gardens magazine:
WARNING!!! They have a terrific forum subsite. The forum titles here are:
Pond Chat - all kinds of pond chat & photos
Party Line - socializing for ponders
Pond & People Gallery - the name says it all
Aquatic Plant Exchange - Plant sharing (one should be aware of your states/countries plant import restrictions so you don't accidentally get in trouble with the authorities if they track your shipment)
Now you will be spending all your free time on the internet!
I've also researched the net for inexpensive mosquito dunks and find that they are not as cheap as I quoted. I've checked around (including Ebay) and find that mastersons.net will sell 20 for $US 29.99 ($1.50 each.)
On online store, www.daydreamergardens.com, had the following information on the dunks:
Bacillus thuringiensis (BT). One dunk provides protection for 100 square feet of water for up to 30 days. The agent, Bacillus thuringiensis (BT), comes in the form of a floating doughnut and slowly dissolves into surrounding water. While floating, they slowly release a natural mosquito-killing biocontrol agent at the waters surface. This agent gradually settles in the water where it is eaten by mosquito larvae growing there. Alternate wetting and drying will not reduce their effectiveness. Unused dunks will remain active indefinitely.
To prevent dunks from being washed away, anchor them using a string tied through the center hole, or they can be staked in place. Each Dunk treats 100 sq. ft of water surface regardless of depth. Mosquito larvae will feed on them and will be killed continuously. They do not hurt fish, birds, or children. You can use them in birdbaths, shallow puddles of standing water and even in areas that are only sometimes covered in water. One can find both items in hardware stores and some companies do sell them via mail order.
What about mosquito fish (Gambusia affinis)? Are they an option for you? I've found baby fish and tadpoles living in my filter box before. If you wish, I can post something about these little guys. It was copied and saved for my future use.
I hope this helps. I, too have mosquitoes in my filter box and will go out and buy a package today. Take care!