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#1 of 8 Old 03-18-2007, 06:00 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone collect rainwater? I'd like to make my own water catcher instead of buying one. Any ideas???

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I'm wondering too...my biggest question is how to collect the water but at the same time protect from mosquitos which are a BIG problem where we live! Thanks
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I found some plans online. I know I need to install gutters though. I was just going to buy the biggest garbage can I can find and route the downspout from the gutter to a hole cut in the top. I was also going to add a hose connector near the bottom of the can, and screen the hole in the top to keep the leaves and bugs out. I'm still trying to decide how big the can should be.
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I am going to do this.The rain barrels I have seen online cost atleast $100 and are usually 55 gallons.Sometimes you can find local companies that will give away used food grade barrels.I have not so I am thinking of getting a heavy duty garbage can.I will cut a hole in the lid and screen it.Drain will be right over the hole.Would need to add a hose somewhere along the top/side to divert overflow either into another can,or it would flow out into the yard. I have read that you can put gold fish into the barrels to eat any larve,or drop some mosquito dunks into them.
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I would be concerned about the plastics used in a standard garbage can (as opposed to food grade barrel), since they're not intended to ever come into contact with food. Anyone know where to find the info on that?

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We were lucky enough to have a family member work at an industrial/trucking plant that was eager to give us 15 55-gallon drums made of food-grade plastic. They used to hold windshield washer fluid, but they have to clean them before they can dispose of them and then we cleaned them again. Some are under our gutters others are set up to simply collect free falling rain.

Living in Mississippi, the mosquitos were a big concern. So we did a couple of things. First the finest mesh screens we could find went on top. Then we planted several mosquito 'repelling' plants around the barrels like lemon balms, catnip, holy basil and I can't think some of the other ones. Last summer it seems to work fine...we'll see if that remains the same this year. You do have to get the plant oils into the air, so you have to "mess" with them to serve their purpose. But we walk around constantly bothering all our plants anyways, and we like to check on the rain barrels too. Also, we spray our yard with our mosquito mixture in the late evening every week or two if we notice the mosquitos are bad. It is a mixture of water, bio-degradable soap, lemon essential oil and I think we used some canola oil. It works wonders...

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goodearthmama, can you tell me more about your mosquito mixture. We have a big problem with mosquitos because there is a retention pond a couple houses down from ours!
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I actually wrote it down last year and will have to go look for my "recipe". As hot as it has been here the past 2 weeks I need to get it out anyways...

Will respond back in a new thread when I dig it up!!

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