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Old 09-22-2019, 10:26 PM
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For the first time in over 80 years the creek on my property has stopped flowing. Now, there are 10 - 12 pools of stagnant water where the mosquitoes are breeding. The largest pool is about 3 - 4 feet deep and 8 feet across. There are 3 pools about 1 1/2 feet deep and 5 - 6 feet across, and the others range from kiddie-wading-pool-size to bathtub-size.

What can I do to stop the mosquitoes that will still be safe for my dogs that like to play in the water?
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I’ve heard dumping old coffee grounds in them will stop mosquitoes.... never tried it but several old timers I know swear by it
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Google search for "Mosquito Dunks".

I've never had to use them myself, but they supposedly work and only target mosquitos. They're supposed to be safe for everything else.
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Larvacide.
https://www.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol/...s-larval-stage
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Try to encourage dragonflies.

They eat mosquitoes like crazy, both in larvae stage and on the wing.
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My county has a vector control facility that you can stop in and pick up free mosquitofish (Gambusia species) for stocking ponds and other water sources where mosquito larvae live. Might be something similar in your county.
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Make a water/soap mix with whatever dish soap your wife has under the sink. Spraying a thin layer on the waters surface will kill them. If you're worried about toxicity to fish, a small amount doesn't hurt. If you are still concerned, spend the money and purchase mosquito dunks. It's just bacteria that will not hurt other wildlife.
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I recommend stopping at a pet store and get a dozen or so feeder fish (goldfish). They are really cheap, maybe 10-15 cents each. Put a couple in each hole of water. They will eat the mosquito larvae and keep it clean of mosquitos.
I got 4 in a small water pond, 2 in my koi pond, 2 in a rain barrel, & 2 in my neighbors abandoned/dilapidated water garden.
We think our mosquito population has dwindled since I done this in the spring.

I used to own a seasonal branch/stream through my property. Those waterholes is where I could catch huge bass in the summer. If there are large fish in those impoundments, the goldfish won't have a chance!
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Buy some Gambus (mosqito fish much like bland colored guppies) and throw them in. They are native in a lot of places in the US so you cold probably trap some and add them to your water puddles.
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Buy some Gambus (mosqito fish much like bland colored guppies) and throw them in. They are native in a lot of places in the US so you cold probably trap some and add them to your water puddles.
actually I have used guppies in rain barrels to keep mosquito out of them ,,,this far north they cant survive the cold so they die in the fall,,,i got them from a lady that had a small aquarium that over populated ,she started with fancy tails but after they bred a few times they ended up pretty plain looking

I imagine any minnow you could trap would thin them out as well
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less than 10 characters...............minnows
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I recommend stopping at a pet store and get a dozen or so feeder fish (goldfish). They are really cheap, maybe 10-15 cents each. Put a couple in each hole of water. They will eat the mosquito larvae and keep it clean of mosquitos.
I got 4 in a small water pond, 2 in my koi pond, 2 in a rain barrel, & 2 in my neighbors abandoned/dilapidated water garden.
We think our mosquito population has dwindled since I done this in the spring.

I used to own a seasonal branch/stream through my property. Those waterholes is where I could catch huge bass in the summer. If there are large fish in those impoundments, the goldfish won't have a chance!
Just an update on my goldfish.......
The fish in the small water pond are now only about 3" long. Haven't grown much. They have been there two years now. I feed them occasionally.
The following goldfish were purchased this spring.
The fish in the koi pond are 5-6" long. They get fed almost every day with the koi.
The fish in the rain barrel are still 2" long. Seldon do I feed them.
The fish in my neighbors pond has grown 7-8" and has never been fed. I knew there were tadpoles, leeches, and mosquitos there , but not that much. This pond is about 4-5' ft in diameter with a large burning bush hanging over it.
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Iíve heard of putting vinegar or high-proof alcohol in water to get rid of mosquitoes. Iíve never tried it though.

My grandma works in mosquito abatement, but she uses controlled chemicals.
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I use the mosquito fish, when we were in FL, ONE drop, the smallest you can do, of diesel fuel per 'pond' would take care of them.
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i always used cooking oil. Vegetable Oil.

its biodegradable and will not hurt anything else.

it works by not allowing the larva to breath.
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