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    So the other day I noticed my D. multifida had snared a nice big mosquito. I laughed to myself (I'm sadistic that way) and thought, 'Serves them right.'
    But then, today, I noticed another. And upon further inspection, it appears my water trays are full of happy little larvae! If I had the cash, I'd think of this as a great excuse to buy some Genlisea and Utricularia, but that's not much of an option right now. I'm going to change the water in all my trays later today, but I don't think that will take care of getting all the little crawlies out of the soil, or my Nepenthes pitchers. I absolutely hate mosquito bites (so I suppose I kind of deserve this) and I don't want my apartment swarmed by them - what can I do?
    I live in Olympia, WA where it's fairly mild and humid year round, so there are always mosquitos... are there any CPs that are good at catching the adults? My Drosera all seem to be pretty capable of doing the job, but I somehow don't think that the mosquitos are especially interested in them. Has anyone else dealt with this problem (besides just giving up and letting the mosquitos run wild?)
    Your advice would be greatly appreciated!
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    I don't think Genislea eat any mosquito anything :P
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    What I have done (because I had to) was to strain the water thru a super fine strainer and strain out the larvae. It worked, and I didn't have to lose all that water.
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    I let water trays go dry, hopefully thinning the larvae population. When the weather doesn't cooperate, I'll pour the contents of a tray into one of my big Sarracenia pots to filter out the water's occupants.
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    I say that the best method for mosquito control is to leave tons of standing water and then dump it. That way the existing mosquitoes waste their life by doing that, and it doesn't hurt the environment. we shall prevail!
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    Hmm... straining the water sounds appealing. The larvae won't survive in the wet soil? I'd imagined that they could just swim around in the water pockets and make their way back into the tray. I'll give it a try, thanks!
    ~Joe

    PS - Here's a good question. Anybody know how long the larval period is for mosquitos? I wonder how often I'll have to do this...
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    it depends on temperature and the species.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I let water trays go dry, hopefully thinning the larvae population. When the weather doesn't cooperate, I'll pour the contents of a tray into one of my big Sarracenia pots to filter out the water's occupants.
    that still alows the eggs to survive
    that makes no logic

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