Pond invaders!

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    Naoimh

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    Hello folks! I'm new to here, and just want to ask a question. This visitor to my pond is the third this summer and I'm wondering if he's friend or foe?! I suspect the latter and have escorted him from the premises! The last one I saw had a baby (I think!) and left it clinging to my oldest goldfish but luckily I spotted it straight away and removed it from his skin gently. Any advice gratefully received. Thank you!
     

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    MoonShadows The Jam Man

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    Looks like a leech to me, but I don't know how you get rid of them. Some of the more experienced members will come along and offer help. Nice to have you with us!
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Welcome to our group! It does look like a leech to me also.
     
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    ZEROPILOT Faster than you are.

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    I don't see that he would cause an issue for you or your fish.
    Oh, and welcome!
    I'm new too.
     
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    Meyer Jordan Tadpole

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    Yep....a leech. Most exist by dining on dead foliage and plant debris, there are a few varieties of bloodsuckers that will attach themselves to a host and feed until they are full, then drop off. Leeches are usually eaten by larger fish so are not often a problem in a pond that is relatively clean and houses some fully grown fish.

    There is a method of removing them that supposedly is fairly successful. It is as follows-
    "Set a leech trap. Punch leech-size holes in a coffee or aluminum can, bait it with raw chicken and position it in a shallow area of your pond. When the worms go for the grub, they can get in – but not out. The burrs from the whole punch will prevent them from escaping. Remove the can once it’s full and repeat until the leeches are gone".
     
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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

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    Hello and welcome! I was going to suggest something similar to what @Meyer Jordan mentioned, but the part about the metal (from the can) trapping the leech is new and interesting!
     
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    Hello and welcome to GP! :)
     
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    Thank you for the welcomes and advice, guys! There are 3 fish smaller than the leech so removal is safest! The can method at this time would catch the little fish too unfortunately. I'll bear that in mind for future!
     
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    Take lid off and carefully dump small fish back in the pond
     
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    I found a few in the bucket I used to wash the pump for my lily fountain. i remembered this post but not before a bit of effort to dislodge them and dump in the yard. Wish I had put them back in now. Don't know how they got there, probably when I stored some cattails and iris in the fountain.
     
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    I am having a big problem with slugs. I don't mind a few holes in leaves, but they are eating whole plant. I put out bowls of beer 1st night I had 53 drowned slugs . Hope we don't have leeches here, ticks are enough of blood suckers to watch for.
     
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