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Aug 18, 2019 - 4:38:52 AM
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3120 posts since 12/6/2009

dawned on me today. walked past my pick up and a squirrel went flying out of the bed and ran up a tree. I looked in the bed of the truck and all I saw was a puddle of crappy looking water. Suddenly dawned on me, we havent had a good rain in a while and thought about that bird bath that broke couple years ago we never replaced. Today I'm going to get a new bird bath. our area doesnt have any brooks or streams of ponds it has a couple swimming pools but dont think chlorine water is good for them critters...including birds .So folks think about them little guys and make sure you have some water handy during dry spells.
...and another thought, town sent around note that its a bad Mosquito year and for us to eliminate any standing water...old tires buckets etc....we have an old in ground pool we dont use and when it rains it catches some water and keeps it for a week or so so I went out and bought things called Duncs at HD which make the water toxic and kills mosquito larvae. but after seeing that squirrel in my Truck I'm not going to make that water toxic anymore.....let the critters drink and let God take care of the mosquito problem.

Aug 18, 2019 - 4:44:24 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

23177 posts since 8/3/2003

It's nice of you to care about the squirrels and other animals.

I dislike squirrels because they are destructive little critters. They dig holes in my yard, tear up my flowers, terrorize my dogs and are just generally a menace. I have a birdbath but it never has water in it because of the squirrels and because of the birds making a mess on my patio if I leave water for them.

Aug 18, 2019 - 7:05:46 AM
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rinemb

USA

11513 posts since 5/24/2005

I keep my birdbath freshened and full every morning, and every morning throw out a custom mix of bird, rabbit, and squirrel feed. Fun to watch the multi critter interaction. Brad

Aug 18, 2019 - 7:49:06 AM
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grandpafive

Canada

353 posts since 8/30/2014

Weird! The squirrels here don't bother with the birdbath, occasionally a racoon will come by in the middle of the night and tip it over. I change the water every couple of days so I don't think I'm adding to the mosquito population. The birdbath and feeders are all out on the grass so the mess the birds make isn't noticable except when the seed spillage starts to sprout.

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:31:23 AM

chuckv97

Canada

42655 posts since 10/5/2013

Curious - a dry year equates to a greater mosquito population?? Thought it was the other way around, no?

Edited by - chuckv97 on 08/18/2019 08:33:08

Aug 18, 2019 - 11:24:41 AM

Tobus

USA

1918 posts since 11/17/2015
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You can still use the donut shaped mosquito dunks in water that animals drink. They are supposedly safe for that. Or at least the ones I have used were labeled as safe. I used to put them in my horse troughs. Goldfish were pretty good at keeping mosquitoes out of the troughs, but they never survived summer when the water got too hot. So mosquito dunks did the job.

Aug 18, 2019 - 12:11:27 PM
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52164 posts since 12/14/2005

just a suggestion or three:

Keep a BUNCH of goldfish in a cool indoor aquarium, and toss one in every time you notice the previous one has died.

Put the birdbath in the shade, to prolong the life of the skeeter-eater

ANCHOR the birdbath so it can't be tipped over.

Aug 18, 2019 - 1:14:06 PM
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figmo59

USA

29192 posts since 3/5/2008

Keep the ..cat dish far away............

Aug 18, 2019 - 1:54:48 PM
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3120 posts since 12/6/2009

quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97

Curious - a dry year equates to a greater mosquito population?? Thought it was the other way around, no?


sorry I should have been more to the point but I thought everyone knew we all had the wettest beginning to summer in many years....and thats what added to the mosquito problem.

Aug 18, 2019 - 3:06:02 PM
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Brian T

Canada

15612 posts since 6/5/2008

Even honey bees, snakes and humming birds need a drink of plain water. You may be providing the only open water for 1/2 mile.

If mosquito breeding is a big threat, buy a bunch of Guppy fish in the pet store and let them go in the water hole.
They LOVE to eat mosquito wrigglers (larvae). Biological control. Learn to love it.

Aug 21, 2019 - 6:31:57 AM
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mander

USA

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I put a water trough at the edge of the yard for the deer. Keeps them from coming out of the woods into the open. Otherwise, they come into the front yard to get water from the pond and then wander into the road. Seems to be working.

 

As to mosquitoes, a few Gambosi or Goldfish, or bladderwort will take care of that problem.

Edited by - mander on 08/21/2019 06:33:14

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