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    West Nile has just reached my town, so far just the birds. We have a bird bath that is usually very stagnant, the perfect spot for mosquito larvae. My question is, is there a good utric that could survive in a bird bath. I have a U. Subulata and I think my climate isn't an issue. The most important issue is water, can utrics survive in tap water? Also trap size, mosquito larvae are probably a bit too large for most utrics. And finally growing space, it would need to be an aquatic, but the bird bath is an average sized bird bath. From The SG I found U. humboldtii.

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    In my opinion, I don't this this would be a viable option: the bladderworts probably won't grow in tap water and even if they did, they won't eat enough of the larvae. I think you would be better off to empty and fill the birdbath everyday so the mosquitoes don't get any time to grow.

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    Oh no, I just had an accident over here this very morning and I could see it happening to somebody else. We had very heavy thunderstorms. I had several glass bowls of rain water on my patio that I had aquatic Utrics in. The rains came down from the heavens and my bowls started overflowing and when I looked outside, it didn't even register at first that the contents were flushing out. I had aquatic Utrics all over the patio and some of them were very small pieces.

    There does exist a very viable option that is not harmful to you or the birds. A new biological control agent was released a few years ago that is not even harmful to aquatic plants. I use mosquito dunks in all of my ponds and water features. I am relatively sure these can be picked up at Menards or Home Depot although I buy them at a garden center. I have been using them ever since they were introduced. All data suggests BTI to be safe and I have no dead birds on the ground and my aquatic plants are perfectly fine. I use this in my large birdbath that I am continually adding water to due to evaporation but I must admit I just tip the other bird baths over to empty them and refill them. Aside from that, birds like fresh water.

    http://www.marchbiological.com/L/mosquito_control.html

    See what you think of this product.

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    Or maybe put some guppies in there?

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    Yeah the idea was more of just something I thought might be cool, something novel, but oh well didn't think it was too likely they could handle regular water.
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    Hey Laura can you use mosquito dunks in Utric ponds? Actually the pond is connected to the bog so will they damage any CPs?

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    I hear that spraying PAM cooking spray will prevent mosquito larvae from breathing. Though, I'm not sure the birdies will enjoy it. Would it be a possibility to put a mini fountain in the bird bath? That would stop the larvae as well. I don't know if birds will bathe if the water is moving.
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    no PAM. If they drink it it could make them sick, and if they take a bath in it it will mess up their feathers and they won't be able to fly or something.
    I wouldn't put poison or anything there either.
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