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Mossies in my water feature

Hi there wonder if anyone can help. I have a small water feature in my  garden that i keep finding mosquitos in. I thought keeping it on would help but the water doesnt move in all parts of it. I also have pets so can not put anything toxic in. Can anyone reccomend something to kill and keep them out?




  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    A drop of vegetable oil will spread over the surface and suffocate the wrigglers. Judging by the colour of the water, it might be an idea to put fresh water in.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,156

    I've got a little makeshift bird bath just now as I have no pond and it's the same fb. The water's shallow so it's getting hot very quickly which is ideal for the mozzies. I just flush mine out every other day with fresh clean water, and I moved some pots next to it to create a bit of shade which works quite well but possibly not feasible for your feature. As Sue says, if you empty it and refill with clean water -after giving it a scrub with a brush first - it should be fine  image

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  • filmbuffyfilmbuffy Posts: 77

    Thanks guys i must admit it does need a good scrub. But oil sounds great. Wont hurt the pets and better then washing up liquid i tried before. Created too many bubbles image

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Put in a goldfish.  It will eat the larvae of the mosquitos. I'm not sure putting oil on the surface is a good idea.  And, yes, fill it up, preferably with rainwater

  • filmbuffyfilmbuffy Posts: 77

    Hi welsh onion. No room for a goldfish. Its a small water feature. I think the picture makes it look much bigger. Why not oil?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,709

    wet tropical countries with major malaria problems found that a tiny bit of oil sprayed on standing water reduced all the mozzie breeding grounds and thus reduced incidence of malaria. And yes I do know that we don't have malaria in uk, just soddin annoying mozzies.

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