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Re: Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« Reply #60 on: June 20, 2017, 08:44:19 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.

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Re: Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« Reply #61 on: June 20, 2017, 08:45:47 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, Robyn in Colorado. This was originally posted on June 30, 2014.

I mosquito proofed my new Earth Boxes by using latex caulk to glue down a small piece of window screen on the overflow opening. This keeps the adult mosquitoes from entering and laying eggs in the water. I also keep a piece of cloth to plug the watering tube top between waterings. No ongoing battles, and no spray chemicals involved. (I found this method in a YouTube video.)

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Re: Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« Reply #62 on: June 20, 2017, 08:47:03 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, linear249. This user is located in Zone 8b. This was originally posted on June 30, 2014.

I put knee high stockings on the watering tube and used a ponytail holder to keep it in place.  I also have some of the plastic dish scrubbers stuffed in the drain hole.  I also put in the mosquito bits.  Still have some, but very few.

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Re: Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« Reply #63 on: June 20, 2017, 08:48:42 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 July 1, 2014.

Mosquitoes will not lay eggs unless they see water. This means two things:

1- They will not enter the overflow hole. In fact, blocking this with anything runs the risk of it clogging and backing the water up into the media. There's potting mix and roots in the reservoir (and Mosquito Bits), and they can and will cause a clog.

2- Having any depression on the cover that can collect water will allow egg-laying. Those buggers can lay eggs in a thimble. That and the fill tube are the greatest concern.

Aline's idea of using a knee high over the tube is great... I've been using squares of tulle held on with the velcro tie 'belts'. I think some knee highs are in my future.

So... make sure your box is domed and there's no standing puddles, toss in a few Bits, and try the stocking idea for the fill tube.

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Re: Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« Reply #64 on: June 20, 2017, 08:50:18 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Full Member, Becca08. This user is located in Zone 5A. This was originally posted on July 6, 2014.

Seems like a lot of responses on this thread... But I can add my solution in. My son has this weird habit  of collecting golf balls that are at least halfway stuck in the dirt when he sees them. I took some of those golf balls and I put one on the top of the fill tube. They are heavy enough to stay put during most storms and as other posters have mentioned, this is the main source of mosquitoes in my EB. since I started this, I've had very few mosquitoes around my EBs.

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Re: Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« Reply #65 on: June 20, 2017, 08:56:53 am »
Check out this safe and non-toxic mosquito trap! All you need to do is add water!

https://stuckbrands.com/