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    We have a bigger house but the kids have more or less moved out of town with jobs just making ocassional visits. Upstairs are two bathrooms we don't use much but do on ocassion. Today my wife said there was something swimming in one of the toilets and lo and behold - mosquito larvae - Mosquitos are bad in the Houston area and we've been seeing a bunch get in the house when we open the doors. So there's probably 100 or more larvae swimming in the bowl, I flush the toilet and they're gone from the house at least.

    So the mosquito breeding cycle is a 5-14 days, I think. How do I keep mosquitos from breeding when a few get in the house? The obvious is to flush the water every few days, but that requires remembering. Is there something I can put in the tank that will leach a few drops into the tank and keep them from breeding when that water sits in the bowl? I want to be able to use the toilets from time to time so just dropping something in the bowl won't get it.
    Loring in Katy, TX USA
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    I know that pouring some cooking oil down a seldom used drain will keep the water from evaporating out of a P-trap. Maybe if you pour some cooking oil into the bowl it will be enough to keep the little buggers away from the water. Then again maybe not, I don't know for sure.
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    • #3
      Bleach. They can't live in bleach water. I would try the clorox drop in cleaning things. I think they would have enough bleach to take care of it. I know our toilets smell like bleach when you flush.

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      • #4
        Here in NY, we use a product called "Mosquito Dunks" for swimming pools and any standing water, storm drains, old tires that fill with rain.

        I assume that if you don't flush the toilets too ofter and keep the lid down, they'll work great. And they're cheap.

        Bruce
        "Western civilization didn't make all men equal,
        Samuel Colt did"

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        • #5
          Could always Saran-wrap the bowls, but you'd have to remember to remove that before any of the kids came back for a stay.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by cgallery View Post
            Could always Saran-wrap the bowls, but you'd have to remember to remove that before any of the kids came back for a stay.

            My first wife tried to teach me as lesson about leaving the lid up. She wrapped the bowl with Saran wrap one evening. I used the facility and had a surprise. Not to be outdone, I waited a few days. She would be in the habit of using the john in the middle of the night with the light off. So, I smeared Vaseline all over the seat.
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            • #7
              The bleach would work as long as you flushed every few days but it dissipates from water slowly. I don't know what the active ingredients are in the blue toilet cleaners but they smell more soapy and might last longer. If that does not work, keep a bottle of cheap cooking oil next to the toilet and add a bit after every flush. I bet the oil slick would keep them out.
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              • #8
                it would seem that a few drops of cooking oil in a drain witha cross section of 1" ia woul work OK, but it would take a lot of oil to cover a toilet bowl and it would have to be replaced after every flush.

                Some mosquito dunks or clorox cleaning dunks of in the tank would work OK, I think, but would they just dissolve away if the tank is not flushed frequently?
                Loring in Katy, TX USA
                If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
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                • #9
                  How about 2000 flushes?
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                  • #10
                    Just turn a few bats loose in your house... No more skeeters...

                    (Don't think about the mess they leave... You don't guano know... )
                    Last edited by Uncle Cracker; 08-29-2009, 03:26 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Try Neem

                      Neem is a natural product made from the bark of a tree grown in India.
                      It is harmless to fish and animals, yet can be put into a lake or pond to kill mosquito larvae.
                      The way it works is that the larvae sits below the surface with a tube like a snorkel sticking above the surface for air.
                      Neem forms a floating film that clogs the snorkel.
                      Kerosene will work too, but who needs the odor?
                      Any oil that will spread out should work but may get a rancid odor in time.

                      I have a parrot in my computer room and cannot use any pesticides.
                      From time to time I get small flying insects in the room.
                      At night they are attracted to the computer monitor screen which is left on. A small pan of water with a few drops of vegetable oil which breaks the surface tension of the water eliminates their ability to land safely on the water to drink and they drown. In the morning I find them dead, and simply change the water for the next use.
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                      • #12
                        Put a goldfish in the bowl

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                        • #13
                          I doubt if anyone could tell the difference from the Mosquito bites or the pimples on my A**, So whats the worry

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by annunaki View Post
                            Neem is a natural product made from the bark of a tree grown in India.
                            It is harmless to fish and animals, yet can be put into a lake or pond to kill mosquito larvae.
                            The way it works is that the larvae sits below the surface with a tube like a snorkel sticking above the surface for air.
                            Neem forms a floating film that clogs the snorkel.
                            Kerosene will work too, but who needs the odor?
                            Any oil that will spread out should work but may get a rancid odor in time.

                            I have a parrot in my computer room and cannot use any pesticides.
                            From time to time I get small flying insects in the room.
                            At night they are attracted to the computer monitor screen which is left on. A small pan of water with a few drops of vegetable oil which breaks the surface tension of the water eliminates their ability to land safely on the water to drink and they drown. In the morning I find them dead, and simply change the water for the next use.
                            Admittedly a parrot can be annoying from time to time, but using pesticides on them is really not.....
                            You don't need a parachute to skydive, you only need a parachute to skydive twice.

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                            • #15
                              If you don't like the bats idea, dragonflies will do quite a nice job. Dey luvs dem dragonflies!
                              You don't need a parachute to skydive, you only need a parachute to skydive twice.

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