Controlling Mosquitoes in Your Pond
Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff


As a pond-keeper, most likely you want to spend your late afternoons outside enjoying your peaceful water garden without constantly swatting away a swarm of biting insects. Since mosquitoes breed in any still water they can find, having a pond in your backyard inevitably invites these annoying pests. Although you cannot eliminate mosquitoes entirely, you can significantly decrease their population. Here are some of our recommendations:

Natural Control

  • Add a waterfall - mosquitoes cannot breed in moving water
  • Add Mosquito Fish - these tiny guppies have big appetites for mosquito larvae, and can slip into the small crevices larger fish cannot
  • Put up a bat house - bats can gobble up hundreds of insects in one hour
  • Another natural technique to repel mosquitoes is to use Sandalwood Mosquito Sticks, which ward away mosquitoes with incense
Bat Shelter

Nontoxic Insecticide Control

Remember, mosquitoes are more than just pesky insects - they are also carriers of West Nile Virus and heartworm. Taking steps to prevent your pond from becoming a neighborhood breeding ground will benefit your family's health and other family pets, while making those evenings by the pond more enjoyable for everyone.

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