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Posted August 18, 2012 - 09:49 PM

Hope this is the right place for this subject.

I used to use a squirt of clean engine oil to seal off the water surface in my rain barrels. I suddenly remembered that WD-40 claimed to have all "natural" ingredients (fish oil) in it so I tried it. I spritzed it in there right from the pump spray bottle I use on everything else, just enough to watch it coat the surface.

Started a month or so ago and still no skeeter wigglers. Tomatoes/flowers don't seem to mind it either. Like regular oils you must reapply after every rain.
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Posted August 18, 2012 - 11:03 PM

Great idea, never thought of it, thanks :thumbs:

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Posted August 18, 2012 - 11:25 PM

I've heard of people using a drop or two of Tide or Dawn also. Like the Fish Oil Idea, seems less likely to impact the plants.
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Posted August 19, 2012 - 01:58 AM

Hope this is the right place for this subject.

I used to use a squirt of clean engine oil to seal off the water surface in my rain barrels. I suddenly remembered that WD-40 claimed to have all "natural" ingredients (fish oil) in it so I tried it. I spritzed it in there right from the pump spray bottle I use on everything else, just enough to watch it coat the surface.

Started a month or so ago and still no skeeter wigglers. Tomatoes/flowers don't seem to mind it either. Like regular oils you must reapply after every rain.


Do you have a multi tank set up? I just aquired four barrels. This will be a winter project (one of the 40 it seems) that i hope to have in place by spring.

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Posted August 19, 2012 - 03:49 AM

I do two, this year three, goldfishes in the barrel - they eat the larvae and it's out with skeeters. In winter they live in the gardenpond (the fishes, not the skeeters!) :smiley-flag008:.
Last days the fishes had it wonderful warm in the barrel, so today I build a sunprotection. Suncream doesn't work :firejumper:

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Posted August 19, 2012 - 04:34 AM

That's the problem when you have standing water,skeeters.

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Posted August 19, 2012 - 05:09 AM

WD-40 is a great idea.


And that's a basic difference. Nobody in Germany will add fuel to water... it doesn't agree with protecting the environment.

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Posted August 19, 2012 - 05:56 AM

I like the Goldfish in the barrel there JD, that's a great idea. :orangecool:

Here at the shack we use the mosquito dunks .
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Posted August 19, 2012 - 06:19 AM

I would try vegetable oil if using an oil based product. I like the goldfish idea. Completely natural!
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Posted August 19, 2012 - 06:42 AM

I would try vegetable oil if using an oil based product. I like the goldfish idea. Completely natural!


You can believe me, Brian, lil children like the goldfish idea, too :dancingbanana:

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Posted August 19, 2012 - 07:09 AM

I just use canola oil. It's all natural, so it won't hurt the plants even if you slip and dump in a quart instead of a few drops.
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Posted August 19, 2012 - 08:09 AM

Very good ideas here. The goldfish win top honors in my book.
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Posted August 19, 2012 - 08:16 AM

Guppies would be another choice.
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Posted August 19, 2012 - 08:47 AM

Guppies would be another choice.


You're right, LD :thumbs:

Found this on wikipedia:

However, guppies have been introduced to many different countries on all continents, except Antarctica. Sometimes this has occurred accidentally, but most often as a means of mosquito control, the hope being that the guppies would eat the mosquito larvae, slowing the spread of malaria. In many cases, these guppies have had a negative impact on native fish faunas.[6]



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Posted August 19, 2012 - 08:48 AM

Hope this is the right place for this subject.

I used to use a squirt of clean engine oil to seal off the water surface in my rain barrels. I suddenly remembered that WD-40 claimed to have all "natural" ingredients (fish oil) in it so I tried it. I spritzed it in there right from the pump spray bottle I use on everything else, just enough to watch it coat the surface.

Started a month or so ago and still no skeeter wigglers. Tomatoes/flowers don't seem to mind it either. Like regular oils you must reapply after every rain.



There is no "fish oil" in wd-40. http://www.wd40.com/...ends-fun-facts/
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