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What are these? PLEASE HELP!!! ASAP!!

What are these things in water? They appeared in her water bowl, but our male cat drinks out of it too though...What are they? They look sorta like tad poles or worms or something... PLEASE ANSWER ASAP!!!!!

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They kind of look like mosquito larva to me. Keep them in a closed jar, and see if they ever mature into adult mosquitoes. Mosquitoes larva make interesting pets. They're sort of like Sea Monkeys(r), except they're also a disease vector, for humans that is. You know mosquitoes can carry viruses like Malaria and West Nile, but I'm not sure what that means for dogs and cats.

In my experience, dogs eat, and roll around in, the most filthy things imaginable, e.g. things that are dead and rotting, or covered in feces, or both, but it doesn't seem to impact the health of the dog.
soldeir 9 (author)  Jack A Lopez2 years ago
I just put them in an enclosed jar of Ragu spaghetti sauce (obviously theres no spaghetti sauce in it, its water)...so now what do i do? how do i handle them?
You know, you probably don't have to identify what these creatures are down to the exact genus and species. You posted a question here because you were concerned about your dog, and I think the solution is just what Lemonie suggested, that is changing the water more frequently. I dunno, maybe once a day?  How long did it those critters to grow to the size seen in your picture?  More that a few days would be my guess.  So I'm also guessing that changing the water once a day would keep them from getting established. 

The other thing I was saying is that dogs are tough.  Cats too.  They eat filthy things all the time, and they stay healthy in spite of this.    Also, can you realistically control everything your pets lick, or lap up? You try to control their environment somewhat, but there are limits to what you can control, and it's stupid to get caught up worrying about things you can't control.

That being said, I was just saying growing the mosquitoes from larva to adult, might be just something fun to do. I don't think you are going to gain any really valuable information doing this.  Also some people will tell you that this is a dumb idea, because there is danger of the mosquitoes escaping and biting you, and besides they're just gross, and nasty!

Anyway, setting these questions bioethics and good taste aside, the trick to raising mosquitoes in a jar is you just put them and their filthy water in a jar,  and leave them for about a week.  That's really all there is to it.  You do not need to feed them anything. They eat algae, bacteria, and other filth that's floating around in the water.  

Also the last time I grew some mosquitoes in a jar, I kept the lid on pretty tight.  I did not put any air holes in the lid, because I was worried about the possibility of mosquitoes escaping through the holes.  I might have unscrewed the lid a little bit now and then, to let in a little fresh air, but overall I was not worried about the well being of the mosquitoes.  Mostly I just wanted to keep them from escaping. 

In the end I let them die in the jar.  Then tossed the dead mosquitoes plus muck, into the dirt.  The glass jar and its lid went into the trash, and they went wherever it is the trash goes to.

But I took some pictures, and I'll post those below for anyone reading this thread to gawk at.
http://www.instructables.com/file/FRYA3KQGU0ZM25V/
http://www.instructables.com/file/FYSY2Y9GU1UYURN/
http://www.instructables.com/file/FRZ0QCIGU1I4FXC/
http://www.instructables.com/file/FSE5EQTGU0ZM25U/

Of course Wikipedia has better pictures of mosquitoes, and real info possibly written by real entomologists, here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosquito
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+1. Mosquitoes carry heartworm disease from animal to animal.
Kiteman2 years ago
I see mosquito larvae and slime/algae - if you genuinely cared for your pets, you would wipe it out every time you re-filled it, rather than just topping it up.


soldeir 9 (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
i do... she drops her food in it all the time
Those larvae are several *days* old.
soldeir 9 (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
heres the story.....
i got home froom school
got her out of her cage
gave her fresh food and water
put her back into her cage because...
...i went grocerie shopping
got home and there they were.
md4v32 years ago
yep looks like mosquito larvae to me.
you should change the water in your pet bowls everyday and wash the bowl with hot water or use dishwashing agent/solution. this step will prevent algae/bacteria growing due to food spills etc.
well my cats sometimes 'smart' enough to drink from pond or puddle with mosquito larvae in it, when they play outside. I tried to prevent them but they're cats and i'm only human. they look okay afterwards, but still its best to keep their bowl clean everyday.
here's a pic of a mosquito larvae.. looks kinda the same with yours.
Mosquito_Larva1.jpg
iceng2 years ago
Tiny eggs coming through your water line.
Test it, fill a water bowl and let it stand for 3-5 days covered with a glass.
If you see more insect-larvae switch to bottled water.
Our animal vet said we get annual micro eggs that pass through filters.
Our water is supplied by mountain reservoirs.

Good luck,

A
lemonie iceng2 years ago

You see that green-stuff in the bottom left corner?
The bowl is outside, insects would have easy access to the standing-water in it.

L
soldeir 9 (author)  lemonie2 years ago
it was inside i just put it outside because i didnt want my dog drinking that stuff when there are mosquito things in there

Fish'll eat 'em, probably harmless to dogs.

L
These are almost matured mosquito larvae, you can find them in all kind of water ponds, literally or not. Of course, these can come from the main water supply but in rare causes.

Your dog will be fine, no heartworms at larvae stage, only mature mosquitos can carry the worm but only when he bite an infected animal.

If you`re scared, you can boil the water and let it cool down before you serve it to dogs.
lemonie2 years ago

They are insect-larvae.
Have you thought about throwing that water away and re-filling the bowl?

L
+1
Pet water dishes should be cleaned/refilled regularly.
soldeir 9 (author) 2 years ago
"her" as in dog...the bowl is for my female dog but my male cat drinks from it also... plz help....
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