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How to Keep Unwanted Pests Out of My Pond

  • December 6, 2022

Ponds can accentuate any landscape just the way you want. It adds to the overall beauty and relaxing ambiance you want to achieve. However, if you’re going to keep your pond beautiful along with thriving pond life, you must keep pests away. This can include mosquitoes, geese, possums, raccoons, and more. So what ways can help keep those unwanted pests out of your pond? Let’s go over some valuable tips that can help.

Protect Your Fish

When you have fish in your pond, they can become vulnerable to various predators. Herons and raccoons, in particular, are intelligent animals that can find ways to catch and eat your fish. One way to deter or minimize these pests from hunting your fish is by using plants to cover your pond. Giving your fish natural coverage in the pond can keep these pests at bay. Your fish can hide under these plants or even rocks deep in the water.

Pond Coloring Works

Pond dye not only controls algae but also keeps unwanted pests out of your pond. Tinting your pond creates a dark color to block the view at the surface. You can choose from a dark blue color or a mix of colors. If you already have a problem with existing predators in your pond, such as snapping turtles, it would be best to remove them safely. When it comes to snapping turtles, the last thing you want to do is remove them by hand. Your best bet is to use a turtle trap. Baiting the trap with fish or meat will lure the turtle into the trap for easy removal.

Adding Decoys

Animals usually stay away from a pond if you have a well-placed decoy. Now, you can use a couple of alternatives as decoys. First, you can use swan, alligator, and even coyote decoys. This will keep away birds and other small animals that try to get near your pond, such as geese. Secondly, you can use a heron decoy or Koi shelters to help protect your fish. Whatever you decide to use for your pond, remember to place your baits strategically to keep away predators and other unwanted pests.

Pond Aeration for Mosquitoes

A mosquito is one of the most annoying pests you can find in a pond. To keep away mosquitoes, you have to install a pond aeration system. Since mosquitoes are attracted to stagnant water, an aeration system will keep the water flowing, preventing mosquitoes from gathering.

Keeping Away the Smaller Pests

The biggest tip to keeping pests away from your pond is maintenance. For example, if you have a problem with aquatic leaf beetles, removing any dead foliage in the fall and spring months is essential. Aphids are other pests that like to eat greens and feed on sap from plants. Although spraying them with water works, you can also use ladybugs to eat the aphids.

At Outdoor Water Solutions, we offer a variety of pond aerators & solar pond aerators providing you with the options needed to pick the perfect pond aerator for your pond. We always enjoy working with clients on ways to improve the quality of their ponds’ health so, if you have any questions or would like more information on our solar pond aerators, contact us at 866.471.1614 today!

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