Mosquito Dunk FAQ
Homeowners, ranchers and farmers looking for a safe, nontoxic way to control mosquitoes can use Mosquito Dunks, which kill mosquitoes before they can become flying, biting, disease-carrying adults.
What is a Mosquito Dunk?
A Mosquito Dunk looks like a small, beige donut which floats on standing water. As the Dunk slowly dissolves, it releases a bacterium which is toxic to all species of mosquito larvae. Just float a biodegradable Mosquito Dunk in water troughs, birdbaths, or any place where water collects and remains for periods of time.
What is the active ingredient in Mosquito Dunks?
The active ingredient in Mosquito Dunks is Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies israelensis. (B.t.i.). B.t.i. is \a bacterium that is deadly to mosquito larvae but harmless to other living things.
How do Mosquito Dunks work?
While floating, a Mosquito Dunk slowly releases a long-term biological mosquito larvicide at the water’s surface, then gradually settles in the water, and is eaten by the growing mosquito larvae.
What kinds of mosquito larvae will a Mosquito Dunk kill?
B.t.i. in Mosquito Dunks will kill the larvae of ALL 2,500 SPECIES of mosquitoes.
How much water will one Dunk effectively treat?
One Mosquito Dunk will effectively treat 100 square feet of surface water for 30 days or more. For less water, a portion of a Mosquito Dunk can be used.
Are Mosquito Dunks safe to use around fish, birds, wildlife, pets and children?
Yes. B.t.i., the active ingredient in Mosquito Dunks, is very target specific for mosquitoes .Mosquito Dunks are also safe for use around birds, wildlife, children and pets. The EPA has registered Mosquito Dunks for use in animal watering troughs and fish habitats. Even if your dog eats an entire Mosquito Dunk, this will not adversely affect the animal; it essentially gets a large dose of protein and calcium.
What is the shelf life of Mosquito Dunks?
Government Mosquito Control programs have conducted field tests where Mosquito Dunks of eight years age were effective at killing mosquito larvae at close to equal rate as new product. The best storage condition for Mosquito Dunks is a cool, well-ventilated place.