Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Larvae

The young mosquito larva can be found in great abundance even in the shallowest of puddles inside of old tires.

When we go out at night, it's not quiet. But the frogs, the swallows, the dragonflies, and the bats are happy. They've got plenty to eat with all these mosquitoes.

I went around one evening dumping out any tire or bucket or anything that I could find water in. If it was supposed to have water in it (like a bucket for soaking roots for planting) I put a bit of vegetable oil on top of the water. At least then the larvae can't become mature. They bounce up and down in the water, but they have this little snorkel that they have to put up to the surface in order to breathe. A couple drops of oil on the water keeps them from being able to breathe.

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