Stagnant water offers a better breeding ground for common pond pests like mosquitos and midge flies.

Not only are they super annoying when trying to enjoy your pond recreationally but mosquitos can spread diseases like encephalitis, West Nile virus, malaria and yellow fever. Did you know that mosquitos can also carry heartworms that can be fatal to your dog? Midge flies can create allergic and respiratory reactions as well as cause hemorrhagic disease within deer.

Midge fly lures - a very common fishing lure.

Midge fly lures – a very common fishing lure.

These insects’ larvae levels escalate in the summer at the bottom of ponds, lakes and canals. Mosquito and midge fly larvae do better near the bottom sediment of a pond where there are nutrients/rich organic matter and a low oxygen level. Here there are very few predators or anything to inhibit their growth.

During their emergence cycle, it is possible for tens of thousands of adult midge flies to come out of a pond every single night for a few weeks. That is a very annoying and possibly dangerous prospect.

Mosquito larvae. Most babies are pretty cute, but we're not too sure about these guys...

Mosquito larvae. Most babies are pretty cute, but we’re not too sure about these guys…

Here’s how to help prevent these pests from breeding in your pond. You could add a bottom diffusing aeration system, powered by a windmill or electricity, that creates millions of oxygen bubbles.

This will create a flowing system that eliminates the cold, favorable conditions for insect larvae at the bottom of the pond. Uniform oxygen and thermal levels will make it hard for the pest population to survive.

Your pond will be cleaner and healthier and you’ll be able to enjoy it more!