Rain Barrels Topped with Moss

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Rain Barrels Topped with Moss

Post by Anianna » Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:06 am

It's not easy to reduce the mosquito population on a homestead. We have water troughs and rain barrels for starters and all manner of containers around, as well. Even a bird bath can be a potential breeding ground.

In addition, we keep bees. We use mosquito dunks in our critter troughs, but I worried about treating the water where I know our bees drink and I didn't want to put mosquito dunks in our rain barrels. I have discovered that our bees prefer to drink from locations where they can stand on moist material and suck the water from it instead of from open water, so it occurred to me to put sheet moss in the tops of our rain barrels on top of the mesh.

I am happy to report that our bees love the moss and there is not enough standing water to allow for mosquito growth in the barrel overflow that sits above the mesh. I see no downside to this and recommend everybody put sheet moss atop their rain barrels unless somebody sees some reason why that's not a good idea.
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Post by libarata » Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:05 am

You could also add some little fish to the rain barrels. Gold fish is what I have seen before. They will eat the little bugs, and will add some nutrients to the water if you use it for a garden. If you need it potable, you should already be straining, filtering/boiling the water anyways.

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Re: Rain Barrels Topped with Moss

Post by LyraJean » Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:52 pm

So I learned this from The Wild Kratts cartoon. It's one of my son's favorite programs so take this info for what it's worth.

Just like adult dragonflies eat adult mosquitos. Dragonfly larvae eat mosquito larvae so make your property more dragonfly friendly perhaps. Although I don't know if dragonflies eat bees so there is that to consider too.
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Re: Rain Barrels Topped with Moss

Post by Anianna » Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:44 pm

We have lots of dragonflies and we welcome them. We used to have bats, too, but the local population was decimated by a fungus, which is really sad, imo.
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Re: Rain Barrels Topped with Moss

Post by williaty » Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:34 pm

How does one acquire "sheet moss"?

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Re: Rain Barrels Topped with Moss

Post by Anianna » Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:27 am

I got mine at Lowes. Any garden center should have it.
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