Tuesday, March 11, 2014

How to keep mosquitoes out of your pond

Add fish... say goodbye to mosquitoes:


Those are "feeder" goldfish from a local pet store. They were originally an inch or so long and they're about 4" now. Goldfish will clean up mosquito larva like mad. Another good fish is the local native "mosquito fish," which is a minnow-sized little guy you can easily catch in almost any local body of water.

It's a good idea to keep lots of water on your property, both for emergencies and for the wildlife it attracts. You just don't want to breed mosquitoes.

An interesting tidbit: putting some ponds (that include larva-eating fish) in your yard will actually lower your overall mosquito population in the neighborhood by providing a place for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. The female will assume her job is done, not knowing that her precious little babies will soon be fish food.

That's one less batch of mosquito eggs that will be hatching in the old tire pile next door.

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