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Just place a Mosquito Dunk in a water garden or anywhere there is standing water. It is non-toxic to other organisms in the water. It releases a bacterium that is toxic only to mosquito larvae as it slowly dissolves. Larvae will start eating the BTI when they hatch in water treated with a mosquito dunk, which will kill the larvae before they can develop into biting adults. It lasts for at least 30 days and is effective against all species of mosquitoes, including Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that causes yellow fever. Every Mosquito Dunk addresses an area of surface water up to 100 square feet.

Mosquito Dunks are a highly effective, low impact mosquito killer. It is the only product for mosquitoes that makes use of BTI, a bacteria that kills mosquito larvae but is safe for other organisms. BTI primarily targets mosquitoes, eliminating their larvae before they have a chance to bite and spread disease. It is safe to use Mosquito Dunks near people, animals, fish, birds, and wildlife. The EPA has approved Mosquito Dunks for use in fish habitats and animal watering troughs.


Are Mosquito Dunks toxic to birds?

Use Mosquito Dunks Mosquito dunks contain a naturally occurring soil bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti). Bti is an active microorganism that produces toxins that kills mosquito larvae. It is considered safe, non-toxic, and does not harm other wildlife or the birds you are trying to hydrate.

How do you get rid of mosquitoes without harming birds?

Give them a Bti cocktail. For bodies of standing water that can’t be drained, try using a Bti product. Bti is a bacterium that specifically targets mosquito larvae without affecting other organisms. When the larvae ingest the Bti, it kills them within minutes.

Can you put Mosquito Dunks in birdbaths?

While Mosquito Dunks® will kill all mosquito larvae in standing water, they are labeled for use in animal watering troughs, ponds, birdbaths, and other areas in which animals and pets will drink and bathe.

Are Mosquito Dunks safe for animals?

Dunks® do not use chemicals to control mosquitoes. They are effective on mosquito and blackfly larvae, and have been recommended for use in backyard ponds or fountains where fish, frogs, tadpoles, and other aquatic animals live. Studies have shown minimal irritation when Dunks® are eaten or contact bare skin.