New to bog...Does bog gardens attract mosquitos?

freezemind(z6MI)April 3, 2005

Hello, I LOVE Garden Web!!! I have learned SOOO Much in this site!! I thank everyone.

I want to start a container bog garden to test my ability this year, but I am very concerned of it being a breeding ground for mosquitos!! Has anyone had any problems with mosquitos when starting a bog garden?

Is there any pest problems I should be aware of when begining a bog garden?

Thankyou for any help.

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slubberdegulion(z7 VA)

I'm not totally sure of this, but I don't think mosquitoes will be able to breed unless there is a puddle of standing water (or a layer of stagnant water). BUT, I try not to let the surface remain too wet, just in case.

I've wondered if pitchers would be possible breeding grounds, but they fill up so fast with caught insects, I haven't worried too much.

I have a carnivorous plant bog and haven't had any real pests so far. A very few slugs, easily caught. Spiders and ants (those surprised me) seem to enjoy the bog too, despite the wetness (and despite being eaten in the ants case). But they are hardly pests.

What kind of bog (types of plants) are you planning on?
Have fun with it!

    Bookmark   April 3, 2005 at 11:35PM
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freezemind(z6MI)

Hi slubberdegulion.
Thanks we hope to plant love and enjoy a carnivorous plant bog also. My hubby is the pond/bog gardener in the family, but I'm learning more and more about it all form him and this site. I figured after the bog garden is established the plants will take care of any pest..but I was worried about the mosquitos.

Thankyou for taking the time to answer our question.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2005 at 1:03AM
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orcuttnyc(z5-6 NY)

Mozzies can only breed in standing water. If you intend visible standing water, go to home depot and buy 'mosquito dunks'. Break off pieces and use in the standing water. It works.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2005 at 8:54PM
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kate_rose(7a TX panhandle)

Or get some mosquito fish. They work too.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2005 at 10:03AM
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homer_zn5(z5 IN)

Carnivorous plants don't require standing surface water, so you won't have a place where mosquitos can breed.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2005 at 6:15PM
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FrogBog(Pacific NW)

I have a standing water bog.
I use the mosquito dunk stuff but I buy it
in a granular form so it is easy to broadcast
into every nook and cranny.

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    Bookmark   April 27, 2005 at 10:18PM
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Mary_in_CA(Calif (zone 9))

We have a small pond with a stream at one end, water is always moving, we have mosquito fish and NO mosquitos!

PS county can give you mosquito fish

    Bookmark   April 30, 2005 at 7:00PM
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Mary_in_CA(Calif (zone 9))

I forgot to say, I have 2 other bog areas, with NO mosquitos. You don't need standing water in a bog.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2005 at 7:03PM
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