The active ingredient in Mosquito Bits is a biological
larvicide called BTI (Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies israelensis). BTI is a
naturally occurring bacterium that’s deadly to both mosquito larvae and fungus
Fungus gnats can infest potted plants, and the insects can
be difficult to control. Fungus gnats lay their eggs in the potting soil of
houseplants and container plants, and the larvae live in the moist potting mix.
In the larval stage, the fungus gnat maggots can cause plant damage by eating
plant roots. After about two to three weeks, the fungus gnat maggots pupate to
become the tiny black adult gnats that often take flight in a cloud of insects
when a potted plant is moved.
To control fungus gnats, simply shake the granular Mosquito
Bits® onto the potting soil in houseplants and other container-grown plants.
Mosquito Bits® can also be mixed with potting soil prior to planting. When the
plants are watered, the BTI in the Mosquito Bits® will be released. After
subsequent watering, the BTI is washed below the soil surface. Fungus gnat
larvae feed on the BTI and die.
The BTI in Mosquito Bits® also provides an extremely fast
and effective way to quickly kill large populations of mosquito larvae. When
spread on standing water where mosquitoes breed, Mosquito Bits® granules
release a biological mosquito larvicide at the water’s surface. As the Mosquito
Bits® settle in the water, hungry mosquito larvae eat the Bits and die.
Mosquito Bits® can be used in virtually all standing water,
including ponds and water gardens, rain barrels, roof gutters, bird baths,
flower pots and saucers, tree holes, unused swimming pools, old automobile
tires, animal watering troughs and wherever water collects. Mosquito Bits® are
also effective in grassy or marshy areas and where the mosquito population is
extremely dense and a quick kill is needed.
Just sprinkle one teaspoon of Mosquito Bits per 25 square
feet of water surface area or one tablespoon per 75 square feet. Mosquito Bits®
will kill mosquito larvae for seven to 14 days. Additional applications of
Mosquito Bits should be made in seven- to 14-day intervals for continued
Mosquito Bits® are made by Summit Responsible Solutions®,
which also makes the popular Mosquito Dunks® product. Mosquito Bits® and
Mosquito Dunks® both contain the same active ingredient (BTI).
An eight-ounce package of Mosquito Bits® sells for the
suggested retail price of $9.99. The large 30-ounce package of Mosquito Bits®
sells for $17.99.
Mosquito Bits® and Mosquito Dunks® are available at
home centers, hardware stores, garden centers and www.summitresponsiblesolutions.com.
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