How to prevent mosquitos from breeding in my rainwater barrel
July 31, 2007 7:08 AM Subscribe
We have a rainwater barrel in the back yard, for the purpose of collecting water to then water the plants with. This has worked well through the summer, but we're now finding that the mosquito population on our deck has exploded. How do I prevent the larvae from growing in our barrel, or otherwise kill them before they bite me?
posted by darsh to Home & Garden (21 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Whatever way we treat the water has to be safe for plants and pets - I dont want to end up poisoning the neighbours dog, or indeed the tomato plants that the rainwater is intended for.
I did read previous threads about mosquito control, and am thinking about trying the suggestions in this one
, but was wondering whether the mosquito dunks will keep the water safe for watering plants? What other non-chemical ways are there to solve this?