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Controling mosquito larvae in water gardens?


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d osborne23-May-03 01:04 PM EST 5   
John Bueglas23-May-03 05:29 PM EST 5a   
queeenbee99@yahoo.com26-May-03 01:41 PM EST 5a   
26-May-03 09:53 PM EST   
d osborne30-May-03 05:05 PM EST   
Dave02-Jun-03 11:09 PM EST 5a   
Brent04-Jun-03 03:06 PM EST   


Subject: Controling mosquito larvae in water gardens?
From: d osborne
Zone: 5
Date: 23-May-03 01:04 PM EST

Due to concerns of West Nile virus, we've been advised (actually, compelled is a more accurate word!) to eliminate standing water, by emptying bird baths frequently and etc.. This is not feasible for a water garden. How are other water gardeners dealing with this issue?


Subject: RE: Controling mosquito larvae in water gardens?
From: John Bueglas (john@dubebotanicalgardens.ns.ca)
Zone: 5a
Date: 23-May-03 05:29 PM EST

You only need to keep the water moving to prevent the mosquitoes from breeding in your pond. A waterfall, fountain, spitter or bubbler is usually sufficient. Fish will also eat the larvae or even the adults when they flit across the water. I have a Master's degree in entomology and I operate a water garden nursery. I have submitted a press release to the media about this unnecessary fear mongering about all bodies of water as they would have us beleive.

John Bueglas Dubé Botanical Gardens Nova Scotia


Subject: RE: Controling mosquito larvae in water gardens?
From: queeenbee99@yahoo.com (queeenbee99@yahoo.com)
Zone: 5a
Date: 26-May-03 01:41 PM EST

JOhn, please to read your tips I was in the middle of getting an area set aside for a water garden when this west nile virus scare came along.NOw I can go ahead and start digging. I did plan on a fiter system anyway and thought some goldfish may help, what about trying to invite or import some frogs? I live in the country so I already have the pesky mosquito anyway. So happy dont have to drop the pool idea.


Subject: RE: Controling mosquito larvae in water gardens?
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Date: 26-May-03 09:53 PM EST


Subject: RE: Controling mosquito larvae in water gardens?
From: d osborne
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Date: 30-May-03 05:05 PM EST

John, Thanks so much for the reassurance. I hope that the media does publish your press release... the literature I've been reading on the virus doesn't address ornamental water gardens at all. Reading between the lines when they say "eliminate all standing water" and "empty your birdbaths regularly" I might have assumed that moving water was okay, but couldn't be sure.


Subject: RE: Controling mosquito larvae in water gardens?
From: Dave
Zone: 5a
Date: 02-Jun-03 11:09 PM EST

It is usually very difficult to keep frogs in a pond. I am not sure that they even eat mosquitos.However gold fish will keep mosquito larvae under control.After a week or two with gold fish in your pond you won't find any mosquitos in your pond. Feeder gold fish can be purchased at most pet stores and they are cheap. They are called feeder fish because they are used to feed predator type fish like piranah.


Subject: RE: Controling mosquito larvae in water gardens?
From: Brent
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Date: 04-Jun-03 03:06 PM EST

Another fish which would be interesting in an outdoor pond for mosquito control is the "White Cloud Mountain Minnow" (Tanichthys albonubes), a little 1 1/4" fellow that would even breed in your pond. They are safe down to 40 f. Feeder guppies would be fun too in a warmer area.


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