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Thread: Mosquitoes - oil on water to kill them

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    Hey all,

    I had a small water garden that I've been in the process of replacing with a newer one. During the whole switch over, some mosquitoes got in the garden and lacking fish, I figured I'd just pour some Vegetable Oil on the water cause I knew that would kill them off. Well, it did the trick sure enough.

    But now I have another problem...how do I get rid of the oil on the surface of the water?

    I need to remove it somehow so I can empty the water garden, but I'm not really sure how to go about doing it. Its a fair amount of oil, enough to cover the surface of a half-whiskey barrel container.

    Any ideas?
    Scott

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    Well, a really tedious way would be a little water dropper or turkey baster. However, if you are very careful, you can try tilting the container to pour the thin layer of oil out into some kind of resevoir before emptying the rest.

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    I don't suppose its possible for Vegetable Oil to burn somehow..?

    That was my first idea, but I've sorta ruled it out. But I do have some flameable goodies laying around that I could add to the surface of the water to kick start it...

    If anything, I've got floating candles that I could leave in the water to maybe wick up the oil, but I still dont think vegetable oil would do the trick.
    Scott

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    Burning is actually a pretty good idea. I'm not sure how vegetable oil will burn, though... it probably requires something hotter than a match.

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    Next time, use PAM, the non-stick spray. Does the same job with a lot less viscosity, and is much thinner than vegetable oil. You can skim it off with an unused coffee filter.



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    Maybe use a bunch of ice cubes in a cheesecloth bag and skim it off? Or, maybe a dump a few big bags into the water so the oil will solidify on the surface?

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    If you have enough water you could just slowly overflow the barrel.. Oil should stay on top and run over first.
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    but doing that would make a mess, and if it's on top of grass/plants then it would probably kill them. it's also bad to dump oil down the drain. a while ago they had to cut down some trees and dig up something at the back of my apartment because people did that.
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