Posted: 10/07/2012 at 20:01
thanks all, for the useful advice. i will try the oil first. we have mega mossies here. they have such an itchy bite, or maybe it's just how i react to them. the itch lasts for weeks. the fish idea is cute too! i'd have to leave the lid off though, and then you get all the algae and stuff....... we did have some goldfish in the pond, and i never saw a mossie larva there. we have lots of dragon fly nymphs, and i think they do the job too.
about snails - i used ferrous-based slug pellets around all the plants that are particularly precious to me, at least until they are large enough to take a bit of snail pruning. and now i go around every evening, and spear the slugs with sharp sticks, which i then chuck in the compost. i never used to be so merciless until i got my first lupins and clematis!