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Joined: Sun Aug 06, 2006 5:03 pm
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Post Mosquitos not liking pawpaws
After returning from interior Alaska for the last 3 weeks of dry weather I come home to Vancouver WA with nothing but wet conditions. A few plant starting containers had been overflowing and they almost all had mosquito larvae in them, other than one, this has 2 year old pawpaw transplants in green pail.

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The pawpaws don't seem to mind being in these conditions at all. I surmise that mosquitoes love this weather since all other pots are loaded with larvae. But not a single one exists in the green pot.

I wonder if you had a pond that by planting a pawpaw next to it would eliminate mosquitos?


Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:36 pm
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Post Re: Mosquitos not liking pawpaws
paw paw has some anti-cancer properties and a lot of unusual chemical properties. My wife the vegetarian loves that it is a FRUIT that has lots of PROTEIN! I love pawpaws and I think they are severely undergrown as a home orchard fruit. One of my most productive, delicious and pest/disease free trees. Beautiful all year but especially in Fall, naturally small, prohibitively expensive to ship or buy, tropical flavor in an extremely hardy plant.
John S
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Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:09 pm
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Post Re: Mosquitos not liking pawpaws
That's pretty good John, you hit on almost every good thing on pawpaw, now see this concerning compounds found in the bark and used to treat head lice in shampoos;


I'm going to intoduce a batch of larvae into green pail to see if it works killing mosquito larvae as good as it does for head lice.


Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:16 am
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Post Re: Mosquitos not liking pawpaws
i have in my garden 4 small paw paws from seed i bought them about one month ago i hope can survive our cold winter :?


Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:35 am
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Post Re: Mosquitos not liking pawpaws
They are native to Michigan so they can survive very cold winters.
John S
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Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:04 pm
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Post Re: Mosquitos not liking pawpaws
Last Wednesday I did try killing 10 mosquito larvae under the influence of water and compounds from the green pawpaw pail poured into a separate container. The next morning I looked in and they were all dead.


Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:35 pm
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Post Re: Mosquitos not liking pawpaws
Rooney,
That's great data. You might forward your results to Kentucky State University, because they have a department that investigates properties of paw paws. This is how science progresses. They also give out useful information about growing them.
John S
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Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:09 pm
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