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Re: Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« Reply #45 on: June 20, 2017, 08:18:30 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, RWF. This user is located on March 29, 2010.

Use a stainless steel wool scrubby or some other kitchen scrubby stuffed into your fill tube.  I use this method as a water filter for my water level irrigation system.  View at:  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1614901061&ref=profile#!/album.php?aid=30489&id=1614901061

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Re: Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« Reply #46 on: June 20, 2017, 08:19:48 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, Lundy. This was originally posted on April 21, 2010.

Yes we have mosquitoes in Tucson but the earthboxes dry out so quickly that they don't get started. I have to water at least twice a day to keep the boxes going during summer. I wish the reservoirs were twice to thrice bigger.

The mosquitoes dunks have worked well in other drip trays and in the really big dog bowl.

The irrigation system suggested for the system worries me.  If you keep water inside a black irrigation tubing in the sun by the time it is emitted into the earthbox it will be scalding.

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Re: Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« Reply #47 on: June 20, 2017, 08:22:27 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, MamaKat. This user is located in Prescott Valley, AZ Zone 7. This was originally posted on April 22, 2010.

Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, Lundy. This was originally posted on April 21, 2010.

Yes we have mosquitoes in Tucson

Lundy - good to see another Arizonian! Welcome!

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Re: Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« Reply #48 on: June 20, 2017, 08:25:02 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, GardenGuru505. This was originally posted on April 22, 2010.

Mosquito Dunks work great in my EarthBoxes. So do Mosquito Bits, which contain the same active ingredient in a granular form, so you just pour a little into the fill tube. Mosquito Dunks and Mosquito Bits are available online at www.naturehills.com.

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Re: Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« Reply #49 on: June 20, 2017, 08:26:14 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, PeteFrame. This was originally posted on May 10, 2010.

Be like me and build your own cheap organic mosquito trap to put next to the Earthbox.  I followed this guy's instructions.

http://www.instructables.com/id/MOSQUITO-KILLER-TRAP/

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Re: Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« Reply #50 on: June 20, 2017, 08:28:37 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Full Member, johnthomasc3. This user is located in Chapin, SC - Zone 7. This was originally posted on May 13, 2010.

I thought I would weigh in after reading this thread. I never thought about mosquitoes until reading this, but that might explain why the mosquitoes have been worse lately.  I try to go around the yard and make sure there is no standing water but Earthboxes just never registered. 

I found the perfect cap for an Earthbox that has no water system.  I have a picture attached so you can see everything I am talking about.  I used an eleven ounce can of Tresemme Hair Spray.  What makes it perfect is it has an inner core that fits snuggly into the tube, while the outer cap acts as a hood.  It is black so the color is good for most boxes as the tubes are black.

Now, for the Earthboxes with watering systems.  Take a plastic garbage bag. I have used a white bag because it shows up in the picture.  Black is probably the best choice since you won't see it very well.  Wrap the plastic around the old fill tube and take a razor blade or large scissors and cut down about an inch or two around the tube.  This will make a circle of plastic about 2 to 3 inches. The stretchy bags work great. Then take a pencil or pen and poke a hole into the center.  Take the tube off the inside of the sensor and stretch the plastic over the clear tube.  Now reattach the sensor into the Earthbox and mosquitoes can't get in.

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Re: Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« Reply #51 on: June 20, 2017, 08:31:58 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Jr. Member, Beth11. This user is located in Zone 7, Southern Maryland. This was originally posted on May 25, 2010.

Hi All,

Will the mosquito dunks interfere with the AWS valves?

Thanks,
Beth

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Re: Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« Reply #52 on: June 20, 2017, 08:33:24 am »
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Hi All,

Will the mosquito dunks interfere with the AWS valves?

Thanks,
Beth

I think people break them up and no it won't bother the AWS.

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« Reply #53 on: June 20, 2017, 08:34:35 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, mike556. This was originally posted on June 4, 2010.

I just took some screen door material and taped it over the drain hole and use just a plain golf ball for the fill tubes and skeeters don't have a happy home here

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Re: Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« Reply #54 on: June 20, 2017, 08:35:59 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, mjb8743. This user is located in Zone 7, South NJ, Garden State.
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Hi All,

Will the mosquito dunks interfere with the AWS valves?

Stuff a small amount of tulle netting into the tube around the AWS sensor. Nothing will get in. This will eliminate the need for Mosquito Dunks or Bits.

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Re: Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« Reply #55 on: June 20, 2017, 08:36:58 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, mjb8743. This user is located in Zone 7, South NJ, Garden State. This was originally posted on June 26, 2012.

Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, mike556. This was originally posted on June 4, 2010.

I just took some screen door material and taped it over the drain hole and use just a plain golf ball for the fill tubes and skeeters don't have a happy home here

According to Kathy, the overflow will not attract mosquitoes. Covering with screen or anything else creates the potential for blockage and flooding the box. Decomposing roots often flush out and can definitely create a blockage.

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Re: Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« Reply #56 on: June 20, 2017, 08:38:56 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, rpr. This user is located on April 15, 2013.

I was curious if there could be any problem using Mosquito Dunks or Bits in the Earthbox, so contacted the manufacturer.  I was also curious if using them is organic or not.

The company's reply:  "Yes, the Mosquito Dunks or the Mosquito Bits would be safe to use in the
reservoirs to water the plants.  It would not affect or get into the plant.
Mosquito Dunks not Bits are registered for use in organic production."

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Re: Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« Reply #57 on: June 20, 2017, 08:40:18 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, lalady. This was originally posted on June 5, 2013.

I'm wondering if anyone has tried planting citronella or lavender around their EarthBoxes? Catnip even? I'm interested to see if they'd put up with those plants in exchange for the EarthBox reservoir.

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Re: Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« Reply #58 on: June 20, 2017, 08:42:26 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, baileyj. This user is located in Zone 7A---Annapolis, Maryland. This was originally posted on June 5, 2013.

"I'm interested to see if they'd put up with those plants in exchange for the EarthBox reservoir"

Lalady,
I am not sure what you mean by that statement Huh?  Are you suggesting eliminating use of the reservoir ?  It is a basic EB concept....
How would those plants exchange for the EB reservoir?
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« Reply #59 on: June 20, 2017, 08:43:53 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, morganmac. This user is located in NW Georgia, Zine 7b. This was originally posted on June 6, 2013.

I think she's saying those plants are supposedly mosquito repellent, and perhaps the mosquitoes wouldn't find the reservoir as tempting if those plants were around.