Mosquito Eating Fish for Your Pond and Fountains

Published: 21st May 2008
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We all like to head out for a nice day in the sun when the weather warms up. Unfortunately, so do mosquitoes. If you hate the little blood suckers, there is a mosquito munching fish you might want to know about. Before we talk about fish, let's talk mosquitoes.



The key to beating a mosquito problem is to focus on water. Mosquitoes need it to both live and breed. Many areas have mosquito problems because they have standing water all over the place. Make sure to do a walk around your area and dump everything. If you can get rid of all standing water, the mosquitoes will have no place to breed and will die out.



Everyone loves to landscape their yard. For many people, this means ponds and water fountains. While these can certain make a yard an inviting place to sit, it is important to understand that they are also inviting to mosquitoes.



Your chances of controlling mosquitoes once they start flying are pretty remote. Your goal should be to get them before they develop wings. This means getting the eggs or the larvae that float on the water after they've hatched. This is where the mosquito munching fish come in.



If you have a small water pond or fountain, there are two basic approaches you can take. The first is to buy some run of the mill goldfish and put them in the fountain. Goldfish have a thing for mosquito eggs and larvae. They will cruise the water sucking up the eggs and larvae day after day, which will cut down dramatically on your mosquito problem.



For larger ponds, there is a great mosquito munching fish. It is called Gambusia or the mosquito fish. There is both a Western and Eastern version, although the only difference really seems to be where they are found. Regardless, the Gambusia is a very aggressive fish. It eats mosquito larvae and eggs. If you stock your pond with them, beware. This fish also eats other fish!



What if you have water but prefer to avoid fish. Is there anything you can do to control mosquitoes? Yes. The first is to keep the water moving. Aerate it. Create a flow. The second step is to not group plants together in the water, a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Finally, consider adding "BTI" bacteria to the water. It kills mosquito larvae without harming other animals.



John Grimes is with AllTerrainco.com - makers of natural mosquito repellent and other natural products for the outdoors.


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