Everyone knows that mosquitoes need water to thrive, but there’s a common misconception that where there is water, there are always mosquitoes. Will your backyard water features really attract the irritating insects? Below, Nakata James Landscaping of Kaneohe, HI, explains why this is not actually the case and provides a few tips for repelling mosquitoes from your property.
3 Truths About Water Features & Mosquitoes
1. Water Features Are Not Responsible for Mosquitoes
Still water does attract mosquitoes. They have to lay their eggs in stagnant standing water for them to reach maturity and hatch. Quiet ponds, storm drains, pool covers, and even flower pots without proper drainage can be a prime nesting ground for the little insects. Many people may blame lovely water features for their presence, but koi ponds, waterfalls, and fountains all have moving water that quickly sweeps those eggs away and prevents them from hatching at all. These features cannot be responsible for the scourge of mosquitoes.
2. Stagnant Water Attracts Mosquitoes
If you have a mosquito problem, it’s important to find their breeding source. Look for low areas on your property where the water from the latest rain isn’t draining properly, or check your kiddie pools, gutters, and potted flowers for standing water. Tall grass and other debris on your property can create areas of water saturation that can become prime spawning grounds for lots of insects. Carefully remove that debris, flush away water, and cover those containers that could continue to collect rainwater.
3. Water Features Decrease the Mosquito Population
If you have koi fish in your pond or frogs living near it, they can eliminate large amounts of the local mosquito population by eating them. Your water features may actually decrease the number of pesky insects near your home, rather than increase it. Enjoy the outdoors in more ways than one with beautiful backyard water features.
Are you looking for great ways to enjoy your backyard? Nakata James Landscaping can create a wonderful haven with their hardscape and water feature designs. With more than 30 years of experience, they can lay masonry, plant beautiful gardens, and turn your property into an oasis. Contact them today at (808) 330-8389 or visit their website to learn more.