Mosquitoes; the little vampires that annoy us throughout the summer. We all hear about them reproducing in bodies of water, does that include ponds and water features?
This is a common question we get asked. "Do ponds attract mosquitoes?" The answer, they can, however they don't have to. There are things we can do to help the mosquitoes make the decision to go elsewhere to reproduce.
We'll go over how you can prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs in your water feature.
Does Having a Pond or Water Feature Attract Mosquitoes?
A pond or water feature can attract mosquitoes if they aren't constructed properly. Mosquito management should initially rely on prevention rather than removal or killing them, prevention is the easiest method to keeping mosquitoes away.
Stagnant Water that isn't moving creates the perfect environment for larvae to grow, they don't need much of it either. Ponds with no water movement are at risk of mosquitoes moving in.
Larvae prefer ponds under 2 feet deep. Shallow water offers a better environment for their growth.
If not constructed properly, a pond can attract mosquitoes as well as other water quality related issues and pests.
How To Prevent Mosquitoes From Laying Eggs in Your Pond
There are some things we can do to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs, ensuring you keep your pond under these conditions will help you in preventing mosquito larvae and future mosquito issues.
Prevention methods are as follows:
Keep Water Moving
Mosquito larvae like stagnant water that doesn't move. If we keep the water moving, the mosquitoes will look for other preferable water sources. We can get the water moving by installing a fountain in the feature, installing a water fall or proper filtration that ensures adequate water movement.