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Posted August 27, 2012 - 10:18 PM

I was thinking with all the soap powder this would not be an issue.......so what do I do to get rid of them and not create another problem?? I have to drain this at the end of the day into my yard and part of my neighbors.....also electricity is involved so don't want to do anything that would ignite....and I put my hands in there without gloves most of the time......any safe suggestions??

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 12:21 AM

well i guess i would give them all little brushes and tell'em to get to work. They make some stuff to put in rain barrels for just this kind of trouble. Dont remember the name but if you do a google search im surre youll find it.

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 05:07 AM

I wonder if simply turning on the tank to de rust some parts would be enough to kill them. It's worth a try. I never noticed any in my tank last year and I've seen them in any standing water even an ice cream container that is left outside and collects some water. I was using the tank almost continuously last year so I was thinking that doing so kept the adult flies away or killed the little buggers.

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 05:32 AM

Here in mosquito heaven, the water must be calm for them to hatch--I suggest, with the power OFF , stir them up a bit, and then use it as usual for a while, as Brian suggested, that should do it.

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 06:37 AM

What do those little fellers EAT in those ice cream cartons and etanks???

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 08:24 AM

I'd bet a teaspoon of Sevin or other garden insecticide would do the trick, and it wouldn't affect the E process.
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Posted August 28, 2012 - 09:09 AM

There is a variety of Bt that is meant for mosquitos. Jus' sayin', in case you want to be organic.
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Posted August 28, 2012 - 10:35 AM

I hear Goldfish like mosquito larva. :p

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 10:41 AM

I wonder if simply turning on the tank to de rust some parts would be enough to kill them. It's worth a try.


Yes, definitely worth trying 1st. If it does work, it may be entertaining to watch! Remember when "bug zappers" first came on the scene? :rofl2: :rofl2:
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Posted August 28, 2012 - 11:49 AM

Remember when "bug zappers" first came on the scene? :rofl2: :rofl2:


No! Goldfish don't like bug zappers!!!

Which reminds me; have you ever used one of those electric fly swatters? Have you ever used one on a hornet? It really makes them mad!!!

Edited by LilysDad, August 28, 2012 - 11:51 AM.


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Posted August 28, 2012 - 12:51 PM

The tank "on" does not seem to bother them.....heck I had a water bug swimming around at one time......had a bottle of insecticide....used a very small amount ...will see if it works.....I am still shocked they would live in the soapy water....you would think that alone would kill them.

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 06:02 PM

Yes, definitely worth trying 1st. If it does work, it may be entertaining to watch! Remember when "bug zappers" first came on the scene? :rofl2: :rofl2:


Oh yeh! I remember those Daniel back in the day, maybe the mid 70's. Dad had a big one and it was hanging off the CB antenna tower about 20ft from my bedroom window. A moth or something big would force it's way through the grill to get to the light...Fly towards the light Mothy ...Fly towards the light .... and then it would fry and the smell would even waft in through the window. Speaking of bug zappers, my wife came home the other day with a zapper that looks like a plastic badminton racket. It has a metal conductive grid with insulated grids on either side and a little red button that you push to turn on the HV. 9v battery powered it is so satisfying to swat the little buggers and here the snap as they get toasted. Works great on fruit flies.

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 07:24 PM

The best thing to do with a bug zapper is give it to your neighbor. Attracts all the bus to their place!

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 08:49 PM

Bug zapper's are one of the best bird feeders they ever invented. Just take the pan off and place it somewhere in the yard where you can see it from the house. Birds love feeding under them when the sun comes up. I don't know if the birds will eat a bus though. :lol:

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Posted August 29, 2012 - 05:17 AM

I still have one of those. I would always hang it away from where I was to draw the bugs over there.




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