Back in August of 2009 I decided to test out “Mosquito Dunks” as a potential way to get rid of fruit flies and fungus gnats.
My (somewhat vague) memory of the experiment(s) was that there wasn’t an obvious reduction in abundance of gnats and/or fruit flies as a result. BUT, I have recently come across at least a couple of mentions of success with this method from others, so I’m eager to test it out again (and compare to my parasitic nematode experimentation).
Here’s what I really like about Mosquito Dunks (in comparison to nematodes):
- Dunks are quite a bit less expensive
- They have a shelf life of who-knows-how-long (MUCH longer than nematodes)
- It is more of a direct approach (with nematodes you rely on them staying alive, finding/invading the host, and infecting the host with the bacterium)
- A little goes a long way – pretty sure a single dunk can keep a rain barrel full of water free of mosquitoes for quite some time.
Dunks release the (more…)