You are here:

Pests/mosquitos

Advertisement


Question
Jack,
Need your advice. Since I live in the desert Southwest,I use a rain barrel to catch the water for use in my garden. Even though the barrel has a screen over the opening, mosquitos are getting in and breeding. Is there anyway to treat the water i.e. bleach and kill the larva but still use the water on my garden plants?
Respectfully
James Teschler

Answer
James,

You can treat the water with a special bacterial insecticide called Bti, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/mosqui_2.html for info. The bacteria are very specific against mosquitos and safe to use. They are usually made into "cakes" that are placed in the water container. They are widely used to treat even cattle troughs.

Jack DeAngelis

Pests

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Jack DeAngelis

Expertise

I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects such as aphids and spider mites, insects that bite and sting such as ticks and wasps, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

Experience

20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

Organizations
see www.livingwithbugs.com/resume.html

Publications
see www.livingwithbugs.com/resume.html Fine Gardening magazine

Education/Credentials
Ph.D. in Entomology (the study of insects)

Awards and Honors
see www.livingwithbugs.com/resume.html

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.