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Before my wife, mother and the in-laws start making making heavier suggestions to "remove the pond".

What are some ideas you guys got to reduce these pesky critters.
- I put in 2 dunks in a 1000 pond, once a month.
- I got minnows and goldfish in my pond.

What else can I do??? :(
 
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Active aeration in the "stagnant" areas of the pond.

Install underwater lighting in the pond. The mosquito larva are attracted to it and the fish will pick them off in the light.
 

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Chances are that the mosquitos are not coming from your pond at all, but more likely from any standing water nearby, even at a neighbor's house, or a ditch. They only lay their eggs in still water. If they did lay any in the pond, fish would eat 'em. During the day time, mosquitoes will hang out in shrubs. Prevention: empty anything that holds or collects water (rain water, from lawn watering.....). This has to be an on-going project. If you use any insecticide sprays aimed as the shrubs, choose a windless day to keep spray out of the pond. Tell the ladies to apply a skin-screen (mosquito repellant) before they go outside.
 
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find top feeding fish like molly or guppy. You need to move them inside when it's cold though. I notice my goldfish don't eat mosquitoes larvae as much as i need them to, they are mostly middle/bottom feeder so they dont look at the top as much as the 'top feeder' do. So i put some guppy/molly in the pond in the late spring to help :)
 
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Active aeration in the "stagnant" areas of the pond.

Install underwater lighting in the pond. The mosquito larva are attracted to it and the fish will pick them off in the light.
Avoiding "stagnant" water is the key, yes. Mosquitoes won't lay their eggs on a pond that has water movement. And if they did, the fish would gobble up the larvae pretty quick, lights or no lights.
 
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With moving water, mosquito dunks and the fish you should be fine. Inspect your yard for objects and areas where water can accumulate. Such as bird baths, trash cans, depression in your lawn, flower pots, overturned trash can lid, children's wading pools and toys. Mosquitos can lay eggs in an are as small as a quarter.

Good luck and happy ponding.
 
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Our neighborhood has lots of overgrown English Ivy. That stuff is mosquito heaven. Can't stand it. If you have any of that, you might consider pulling it out?
 

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Another mosquito all-inclusive resort are cedars.
 
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BTW I do have an Aerator with 4 outlets in the pond, in addition to the waterfall from the filter and a waterfall from the bog and the skimmer.

Our neighborhood has lots of overgrown English Ivy. That stuff is mosquito heaven. Can't stand it. If you have any of that, you might consider pulling it out?
I have to look up pictures of that...

I may have some I'm not sure.....

I think I may start spraying the ground past the pond, it slopes downwards so no risk of getting into the pond.
 
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We are mosquito less, I think mainly because we have 60 plus bird houses, bats, frogs, fish, dragon flies, they don't have a chance.
 

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What do you guys think of this?
It's certainly worth a try. I wish he had shown it in action and with trapped mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are attracted to the CO2 we exhale, but they are also very weak flyers [which is the main reason they lay their eggs in still water].

If you make one, please post a video of how effective it is! I was impressed with how quiet his fan was, so you might want to research that, as well -- no one likes to compete with a noisy fan. And it's got a dual purpose -- it's a fan as well as a mosquito trap! Go for it!
 
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We are mosquito less, I think mainly because we have 60 plus bird houses, bats, frogs, fish, dragon flies, they don't have a chance.
So i was looking at bird houses and baths yesterday to try and attract more birds. I got a bunch of frogs and obviously fish. Dragon flies are a rarity.
 
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If you build it, they will come? How will they even know this is a house for them.
IDK, but somehow they do. Bat houses have a particular construction that is inviting to them. I've read that it can take years, but it happens. Their houses have to be pretty high off the ground, with some open space, if I'm remembering. Maybe they "house-shop" at night while they snack their way through an area. Good question, though.

But think about it...... When are mosquitoes most active? When are bats active?
 
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BTW I do have an Aerator with 4 outlets in the pond, in addition to the waterfall from the filter and a waterfall from the bog and the skimmer.



I have to look up pictures of that...

I may have some I'm not sure.....

I think I may start spraying the ground past the pond, it slopes downwards so no risk of getting into the pond.
It's just your basic ground cover ivy. Pretty at first, until it tries to take over the world!!!!!
 

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Pretty much any bushy shrubs, but there very well might be some plants that are better at either attracting or repelling them.
 
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