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Mosquitofish about to consume mosquito larvae (image credit; Los Angeles County West Vector & Vector-Borne Disease Control District)

Celebrating our 10th year in business in 2017, ohDEER is the leader in all natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

We are based in Wayland, MA.  Out of this location we service all of Metropolitan Boston.

The ohDEER rapidly growing franchise system now has five franchises which provide service coverage across the following five geographic regions:  Central Massachusetts; Southeastern Massachusetts; Cape Cod and the Islands; Eastern Long Island, NY; and Central New Jersey.

More and more, and everyday, people are turning to all natural solutions — and turning away from harsh chemicals and toxins, including pesticides — to keep their properties free from deer, mosquitoes, and ticks.

The fact is that chemicals and toxins injure the environment.  Chemicals and toxins can harm people, pets, wildlife, and plants.

In a post on this blog — titled, “WITH THESE MILD TEMPERATURES AND ALL THIS RAIN — MOSQUITOES ARE LOVING LIFE” — published on April 24, we advised removing stagnant water from properties as this environment is one that is fertile for mosquito eggs to be laid and hatch, and mosquito larvae to mature.

Small ponds, in which water flows slowly or not at all, can be hospitable places for mosquitoes larvae to grow and develop.

So, herein, is a bit of a conundrum.  Let’s say your landscaping includes a pond or decorative pool.  Aren’t you just inviting mosquito trouble?

To avoid that trouble don’t you have to nix the pools and ponds?

Well, no.   And your options here need not involve frequently draining these bodies of water.

One option, of course, is to bring in ohDEER.   We have all natural solutions and applications that are specifically tailored for water.

As well, it is important to keep plant and other debris off the pond surface, for this debris is hospitable for mosquito eggs and larvae.  Remove dead plants from the side of the water area, for dead plants and water are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Keep the water agitated and moving.  A pond aerator will create bubbles and currents on the water surface which discourages mosquitoes laying eggs on the area.

Invite into your pond and pool areas, wildlife that likes to eat mosquito larvae and adult mosquitoes.  Predators of mosquito larvae are dragonflies, birds, toads, frogs, and fish.

If you place rocks along the edge of your pond or pool, and place sticks extending a few feet above the water line, dragonflies will use them as perches.

Frogs and toads will often find their own way to a pond or pool.  Don’t chase them away.

A type of fish that is a favorite of home gardeners and hobbyist landscapers is the mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis).

One mosquitofish can consume the mosquito larvae over 20 square feet of water surface.

We found an excellent article on how to attract insect-eating birds to your yard.  Please click here to be taken to the story, — titled, “10 Backyard Birds You Should Attract to Your Garden (Hello, Insect Control)” — published on August 24 at Rodale’s Organic Life, and written by the Rodale’s Organic Life staff.

For sure, working in tandem with ohDEER, and adding other mosquito control options, allows for you to maintain the aesthetics of pools and ponds without providing havens for mosquitoes.