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Name: Ronnie
Status: educator
Age: 30s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 2000-2001

In our area some people collect rain water to use to water their pets(ducks & geese). They were concerned about mosquitos in those barrels and how to control them without making the water unusable for their pets. Do you have any suggestions? What is the normal territorial range for a mosquito?

The best bet would be some type of cover for the barrels, for example a cloth if the rain must drain directly into the barrels. A screen might also work, but I don't know for sure if a female mosquito will lay eggs without landing directly on the water.


Donald Yee Ph.D.
San Francisco Estuary Institute 180 Richmond Field Station,
1325 South 46th St. Richmond, CA 94804

We solved the problem at home (in Europe) by putting enough insect-eating waterbugs in the water, which we collected from a stream. In a short while a mini-ecosystem established itself in our water container and all mosquito larvae were gone. Biological pest control pur sang. Would it work in your conditions?

Trudy Wassenaar

The simplest way to control mosquitoes is simply to empty the containers periodically, at least once every week or two, to prevent mosquitoes from maturing. I don't really know how far an adult mosquito will fly.

J. Elliott

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