There was once a day when those little buzzing pests were nothing more than an itchy nuisance that could be fixed by simply slapping them away, but now mosquitos have evolved into what many are classifying as a serious health epidemic.
If you own a backyard pond, then you have a potential breeding ground, and you should be actively using mosquito treatment measures to thwart any breeding. Although there may not be a way to eradicate these insects completely, it is possible to minimize the population around your property using some recommended techniques that include pond aeration.
How Pond Aeration Helps in the Fight against Mosquitos in 2 Ways
A still pond with little or no water movement often results in stagnant water and promotes mosquito breeding. Aeration works to discourage mosquito breeding in two basic ways:
- By agitating the surface of the pond.
Because pond aeration agitates the surface of the water, it makes it difficult for the mosquitos to breed. Mosquitos prefer calm water surfaces to lay their eggs.
- By supporting the fish population with properly oxygenated water.
Oxygenated water supports any fish that feed on mosquito eggs, thus further reducing the future population. Did you know that a single fish could consume up to 100 mosquito larvae per day? Now, multiply that number per week, month and year and imagine the mosquito population that your backyard pond could have without proper aeration to support fish. Some suggested small fish species that help to control larvae include goldfish, mosquito fish, bettas, minnows, and guppies.
Don’t Forget to Check For Other Potential Breeding Grounds – Not Just Your Pond
Unfortunately, mosquito treatment and breeding is not limited to backyard ponds. Since there are often several other common yard items that accumulate standing water, these things also need to have water frequently removed and or refreshed to aid in combating the population. Some of these problem areas often include birdbaths, ornamental fountains, water gardens, rain barrels, plant pots, animal drinking containers, garbage cans, old tires, buckets, tree stumps, and puddles.
Quick Questions to Aid in Designing Your Pond Aeration System
Even though installing a backyard pond aeration system can seem a little intimidating at first, there are some questions that you will need to answer:
- Do I need a pond pump? Installing a pond pump is strongly encouraged to maintain a healthy backyard pond. Pond pumps not only prevent stagnation which can lead to unpleasant odor, they circulate the water preventing mosquitos from laying eggs on the surface, and help provide oxygen for the pond’s ecosystem.
- What type of pump do I need? Since there are several different pumps on the market, you will want to narrow down your search based on the way they perform. It is advised that you use a pump that is recommended for pond use rather than sump pumps or aquarium pumps.
- What size pump do I need? Once you determine how many gallons of water your pond holds, then you can choose a pump based on its gallons per hour (GPH) rating.
Additional Aeration Options for Your Backyard Pond
Some other effective mosquito treatments and backyard pond aerating strategies include the installation of waterfalls to help agitate the surface of the water, and adding splitters near the pond’s edge that pour a stream into the water. Consider implementing any of these methods to promote aeration and water agitation thus fighting mosquitos.