We know that mosquitoes love standing water, so if you have a pond, a fountain, or a birdbath in your yard the mosquitoes will head right for it. When they find it they are going to lay eggs in it. You meant for this to be a relaxing and beautiful addition to your yard and instead, it’s headed towards a mosquito housing development.
Don’t panic… there are ways to keep mosquitoes from happening. Here’s a list of things you can do to stop the mosquito population growth in your decorative pond or water feature:
- Look for larvae and pupae in the water. Get down close at the shallowest and warmest spot and watch for them to wiggle to the surface for air. If you see them, it’s time to do some flushing if you can. (Empty the water feature and clean it before refilling – add larvacide if you can’t.)
- Stock the pond with fish. Hungry Koi and goldfish love to snack on baby mosquitoes.
- Manage your plant life. Plants that float on top of water make good hiding places for mosquito larvae so choose wisely. Leaves and flowers that have fallen in the water are too. They are also a good source of food for the mosquitos. Cleaner is always better.
- Be aware of the landscaping around the pond as well. Trim back away from the pond. Plants that cover can help create algae and keep away sunlight, both of which will promote mosquito growth.
- Keep water moving. Mosquitoes don’t develop well in moving water. Add a fountain to keep the water flowing.
Now that you have some ideas on how to deal with larvae mosquitoes in your pond we’ve got another great one. Get rid of the adult mosquitoes in your yard. Then there won’t be mosquitoes to lay eggs in the first place.
Mosquito Squad of Twin Cities wants to help you enjoy your gardens and any decorative water additions you might choose without the mosquitoes taking over. Our mosquito barrier treatment can eliminate 85-90% of the existing adults in your yard and continue to work for up to three weeks. With continued service all mosquito season you’ll be able to focus on better things than ridding your pond of mosquitoes… like what you should add next! Call us today!