OK4Dogs = YES*
Health Risk= Negligible (intended use) / Minimal (accedintal ingestion)
Side Effects = unknown
Sub-set: Household Chemicals
*Good to use around your dog, but take care not to feed to the dog.
Mosquito Dunks have been registered by the EPA for Mosquito control use in animal watering troughs and fish habitats. [Here is the product label and accompanying EPA paperwork]
*** As with any NON-FOOD product, if your pet has eaten a large quantity of the substance it is never bad to contact your veterinarian for advice.
Mosquito season is here, cities across the nation are putting out warnings about Mosquito breeding and now, in addition to other diseases, we have to also worry about THE ZICA!
Standing water is a party venue for mosquito breeding. Mosquito Dunks are a highly effective, low impact mosquito killer. It is the only mosquito product that uses BTI, a bacteria deadly to mosquito larvae but harmless to other living things. BTI (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) specifically targets mosquitoes, killing mosquito larvae before they become biting, disease-carrying adults. Mosquito Dunks are safe to use around people, pets, birds, wildlife and fish.
Simply add a Mosquito Dunk to any standing water, or water garden. It is non-toxic to other organisms in the water. As it slowly dissolves, it releases a bacterium toxic only to mosquito larvae. When larvae hatch in water treated with a Mosquito Dunk, they will begin to eat the BTI, which will kill the larvae before they grow up to be biting adults. It is effective against all species of mosquitoes, including yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, and lasts for 30 days or more. Each Mosquito Dunk treats up to 100 square feet of surface water.
Place Mosquito Dunks in standing water wherever it accumulates around your home: ponds, gardens, flower pots, bird baths, rain barrels, roof gutters, unused swimming pools and more. Disks can be broken into pieces for smaller areas and used in Dog Pools and fountains.
We put a fraction of a dunk in our rain collection barrels every month. So now we have the “BAD”-est rain barrels in town…
How to Protect Yourself from Mosquito Bites
- Dress in long sleeves, pants when outside: For extra protection, spray thin clothing with repellent.
- DEET: Make sure this ingredient is in your insect repellent.
- Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood: Mosquitoes can develop in any water stagnant for more than three days.
It has been recommended in the past that to avoid mosquito bites you should avoid being outdoors during Dusk and Dawn (the 4 Ds). While this is true for mosquitoes that commonly carry the West Nile virus, other types of mosquitoes that are more likely to carry Zika, dengue and chikungunya are active during the day, according to the CDC. When outdoors, adjust your dress and wear repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus as your first lines of defense against insect bites.