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Fish Pond Mosquito Control
 
 

MOSQUITO PROBLEMS


Fish ponds can become major producers of biting mosquitoes. The most common mosquito produced in fish ponds is the Fish Pond Mosquito, Culiseta incidens. Although this mosquito is not known to transmit disease, it can be a pest in the early evening or during the day in the shade. It is moderately aggressive and very noticeable.

MOSQUITO PREVENTION

FISH POND CONSTRUCTION

If you are considering building a pond, here are some considerations which will minimize future mosquito problems.

FISH POND REMOVAL

If you have a fishpond you no longer use or want, it may be permanently removed to prevent mosquito problems.


COMPLETE REMOVAL

To completely remove a fish pond, break up and remove the bottom and edge material. Fill the hole with soil.

DRAINAGE

A pond may be prevented from causing a problem by breaking holes in the bottom or removing the bottom. Drainage is successful if water does not stand for more than a few days.

FILLING

Provide drainage as above then fill pond with good soil and landscape. If you desire to grow plants that prefer continuously wet soils, leave pond intact and fill with soil. Allow for shrinkage of the soil and fill above the edges of the pond so that water will not stand on surface. Use plants preferring these soil conditions. Consult a horticulturist at your local nursery for advice.

A FISH POND CAN BE AN ENJOYABLE ADDITION TO YOUR LANDSCAPING. WITH PROPER CONSTRUCTION AND CARE IT CAN BE KEPT MOSQUITO FREE.



ALAMEDA COUNTY MOSQUITO ABATEMENT DISTRICT
23187 Connecticut Street
Hayward, CA 94545
Phone: (510) 783 - 7744
Fax: (510) 783 - 3903
E-mail: enspec@mosquitoes.org