Dec 15, 2003, 1:26 PM
Post #52 of 68
Re: [timmychan] mosquitoes - how to rid them??
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Please think twice before using dimilin in any pond, while it may be a very effective poison for killing mosquitoe larvae, it kills many more things for a long time in water, including dragonfly larvae
If you let dragonflies lay their eggs in your ponds, the baby dragonflies will eat all your mosquitoe larvae, very easily. Dimilin will kill the very thing that will naturally eat mosquitoes!
A flying dragonfly might eat 200 mosquitoes a day, and the larvae of dragonfly will eat ALL the aquatic larvae of mosquitoe.
If ever dimilin spreads from your pond to local streams it will kill many useful insects making the mosquitoe problem much worse, when the dimilin washes away the mosquitoes will rush in and 'explode' numbers with no natural predators to eat them
Another simple natural way to keep mosquitoes away is to find a small type of fish, very tiny, which likes eating mosquitoe larvae that can live in the same pond as your koi
Poisons, while they may seem to work very well for a time, often make a problem much worse, dimilin in even very small quantities kills many many good insects and crustaceans for a long time, making your pond, stream or lake a much poorer place
(andys aquatic plant list :)