There is a common misconception that water gardens and koi ponds are teeming with mosquitoes.
Misconception, you say? I don't believe you, I say! Water equals mosquitoes lurking. Everyone knows that.
But it's not true! You can lower your mosquito population significantly. Don't misunderstand me. There will still be mosquitoes because YOU ARE OUTSIDE. You cannot rid the world of bugs. If you do, we will all die. Morbid, right?
However, there are a few key elements to a well built pond that help deter mosquitoes.
1. MOVING WATER
Have you ever wondered why you see so many waterfalls and streams attached to ponds? They do look really cool and have a great sounds. The moving water also provides oxygen for the pond AND acts as a mosquito shield. Mosquitoes like stagnant water. If there is even a trickle of water the mosquito larvae can't get to the surface to breath and they die. Even having a small fountain in the pond, is enough water movement to take care mosquito egg laying.
If you have plants taking up the surface area of the pond, the mosquitoes have less places to land and lay eggs.
There are a few different types of fish that are commonly seen in a water garden. Whichever still does a great job at eating mosquito larvae as well!
This one is my favorite. If you have the above three elements, you've successfully created an ecosystem. Ecosystems bring in toads, frogs and other animals that love and live on mosquitoes.
Are you having mosquito issues in your pond??