At Good Earth Water Gardens, we clearly love a nice water feature. Unfortunately, we aren’t the only ones. Mosquitoes can crash the party whenever there’s a body of water involved.
These insects are more than just pests. Mosquitoes can carry disease, including the Zika virus. Plus? Their bites can be itchy and uncomfortable, and their buzzing is nobody’s idea of a good time.
Fortunately, you can keep mosquitoes at bay. Here are some tips to help you make your water feature mosquito-free.
Keep the water moving
Mosquitoes love stagnant water. They can lay their eggs in as little as an ounce of still water. A mere 48 hour later, those eggs begin to hatch. And just 4 to 31 days after that, those larvae are adult mosquitoes, ready to party.
Most water features have a pump to keep water moving. Pond aerators help deter mosquitoes, too. However, it’s important to keep an eye on things and make sure no areas of the pond become stagnant. Not sure if your water feature is moving the way it should? Have Good Earth Water Gardens come take a look.
Cut off the mosquitoes’ food source
Mosquitoes mature at a quick rate and they depend on lots of food to do it. If it’s algae, suspended plant matter, or general muck, mosquitoes consider it a delicacy. You can eliminate these food sources by removing excess vegetation and organic debris, and making sure your pond is cleaned annually.
Introduce mosquito predators
For some folks, mosquitoes aren’t difficult – they’re dinner. Consider having these hungry pals over for a feast. Your guest list could include tadpoles, minnows, or catfish. You might also consider mosquitofish.
As their name implies, these fish are especially hungry for mosquito larvae. However, mosquitofish can be aggressive, so they go after other fish and dragonfly larvae, too. Dragonflies are another predator of mosquito larvae. Finally, although it can be challenging to roll out the welcome mat for bats, know that these flying friends eat mosquitoes, too.
Consider water additives
Insecticides can be an effective way to rid your water of mosquitoes. Mosquito Dunks and MICROBE-LIFT Biological Mosquito Control are two safe options. They won’t harm plants or fish, but they will wipe out mosquito larvae.
Water features can have a lot of moving parts, and maintenance is the key to years of enjoyment. If mosquitoes are getting the best of you, Good Earth Water Gardens can help. We’re happy to troubleshoot and help you say “sayonara” to these insects.
Give us a call today at 913-749-8090, or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you!