Mosquitoes can be a pretty big nuisance in the summertime, especially if your property has a pond or sits near a lake. More than a nuisance, mosquitoes carry diseases that they pass on to people and their pets, when they bite. While insect repellent sprays may work to some degree, the best defense is a good offense.
Make Mosquitoes Feel Unwelcome on Your Property
One of the most important things to know about mosquitoes is that they’re attracted to still, stagnant water, such as that of a pond or lake. While you don’t have to necessarily get rid of your pond, adding an aerating fountain can solve the problem. Try to select an aerating fountain that comes with a bottom diffuser, as this will help displace larvae. Additionally, a system that comes equipped with post-mounted air compressors, air hoses, and a bottom diffuser can also reduce the muck at the bottom of the pond, while eliminating larvae and chasing adult mosquitoes from the area.
Another way to eliminate a mosquito problem is to have the property sprayed with Bacillus thuringiensis. This is a bacteria that’s harmless to people and pets, but is fatal to mosquitoes. As they ingest these bacteria, it causes them to grow sick and they die off. By having Bacillus thuringiensis sprayed regularly throughout the warmer months as a part of your mosquito pond treatment plan, you can significantly decrease the insect population.
You might also consider adding gambusia, a small minnow that’s also known as mosquitofish. By introducing them into your pond’s ecosystem, they will keep the population of larvae, grown mosquitoes, and gnats limited. They feed on these types of insects, so this can be an environmentally friendly way to keep pests away from your pond. You can also stock you pond up with larger fish, which also feed on larvae and mosquitoes. Bluegill and catfish are just a couple of fish that feed on insects.
Keeping mosquitoes away from your pond can help you and your family stay healthier and help you to enjoy the outdoors that much more. By making use of these tips, insects and their eggs will be eliminated from the area.