Linda
Linda
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  • Bandera, TX
Asked on Oct 1, 2017

What do I add to my rain barrel to get rid of mosquitos and how much

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  • Sharon
    on Oct 1, 2017

    First you need to add a paint screen https://www.youtube.com/watchv=MYTNciCplmw
    Drop BT doughnuts in them. One-quarter of a doughnut will take care of a 55 gal. barrel for a month. BT is (and forgive the spelling) Bacillus Thurengensis, which is a naturally occurring bacteria harmless to beneficial insects but deadly to mosquitoes. are sold under the name "Mosquito Dunks" and are available at most big-box stores.

  • Rembatb
    on Oct 1, 2017

    I know that sage repels mosquitoes but I don't know if adding it to a rain barrel works. Mosquito covers are sold but I don't know how trustworthy. Keeping a cover on the barrel when it is not raining is also a preventative. Legionnaires Disease has been known to occur from drinking out of rain barrels. Nature has it's ups and downs.
  • Jea29373494
    on Oct 1, 2017

    Can't remember what they are called but there are some biscuits you add to the water for that. Dunks or something. Garden or pond forums would have it.
  • Sto9987562
    on Oct 1, 2017

    First, you should always have a screened cover on the barrel. until you can get that, you can use kitchen detergent, like blue dawn. adding some should help stop the breeding and will not hurt your grass or flowers.
  • Rose Thoma
    on Oct 1, 2017

    make a cover for it

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