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tanker 08-06-2010 11:11 PM

Mosquito larvae?
 
I've got an earthenware pot sitting out the back and we've had some rain and it filled up with water and I noticed some mosquito larvae in there. Is it possible to feed them to my fish and, if so, how do you go about it? I don't use any sprays on my garden, but could there still be atmospheric pollution in there? Thanks.

bettababy 08-06-2010 11:37 PM

That depends on where you live and what goes on near your home... has your city recently sprayed for anything like gypsy moths or mosquitoes? Is your area prone to smog problems? Heavy industrial? That is sort of a judgment call on your part. If you are pretty sure its safe then go for it, simply scoop them out with a fish net. I usually rinse them in clean water and then scoop them again inside to get any debris out before giving them to my fish. If you're not sure, the safest thing is to not do it, or to start a new culture that is somewhat contained to provide a safe food for the fish. A small greenhouse environment usually works well, just set the bucket of water in and let it sit a few days, watch for the larvae. If mosquitoes can get in, they will lay eggs... especially this year.

tanker 08-07-2010 03:16 AM

Thanks, bettababy. I'm not sure what gypsy moths are so I don't think they are a problem here. They'd only spray for mosquitos in swampland (and I'm not sure whether they even spray them any more) which I don't have nearby. It's not industrial and we've got no smog. It would just be whether there's anything in rainwater generally, or if the pot leaches anything. I don't use any sprays or anything that could have got in there.

kitten_penang 08-07-2010 04:44 AM

then go for it.the fish will love you for the new snack lol

brandelion 08-07-2010 06:34 AM

I'm always finding things in my yard full of mosquito larvae - I don't know why it never occurred to me to feed them to my fish!!

I know they don't spray around here anymore - maybe I should get while the gettin' is good
it would be nice to see them as something other than a pest!! haaa

kitten_penang 08-07-2010 07:35 AM

if the fish dont eat them then they will be a pest brandalion

brandelion 08-07-2010 07:43 AM

they're a pest anyway if I leave them outside - I can't possibly dump every thing with water in it to keep them away

kitten_penang 08-07-2010 07:46 AM

lol we get fined here if we have stagnant water with larvae.plus the disease these pest carry are frightening too

brandelion 08-07-2010 07:50 AM

I'm surprised we don't get fined here - but this is New York they don't fine you - they figure out a way to charge a FEE haaa

I wouldn't be surprised if they started charging a mosquito prorogation fee :/

kitten_penang 08-07-2010 07:56 AM

we get that for free here lol it's something really important here.


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