Despite the fact that stormwater entering a retention pond should permeate into the ground within 72 hours, these ponds regularly stay wet for longer periods providing an enhancing environment for mosquitoes. (Pinellascounty.org, 2019)
Mosquitoes can cause issues with water quality when left uncontrolled. Eggs which are laid in retention ponds will inevitably incubate into larvae, leaving behind waste matter which will develop in your pond and contribute to silt buildup, odor and ascends in harmful substances such as ammonia.
Mosquitoes can be an enormous aggravation and carry viruses such as Zika, however it’s very simple to control infestations with the right maintenance and treatment.
Without proper maintenance mosquitoes can make retention ponds their breeding grounds. The most ideal approach to abstain from running a mosquito nursery out of your retention pond is to make it an environment that the female mosquitoes do not want to lay their eggs and to keep the larvae from forming into pupas. (Pond Informer, 2019)
One primary way of controlling mosquitoes in a retention pond is to make sure the outlet is not clogged and water can drain properly into the forebay. This can be done by providing proper maintenance a few times a year clearing the outlet of debris, sediment and trash that may have built up which stops the water flow.
A secondary way to help control mosquitoes is with vegetation management. One example of retention pond vegetation are cattails which are noxious aquatic weeds with millions of seeds that present the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes because of their shallow root structure. Keeping the grass cut, shrubs pruned, cattails removed and abstaining from grass clippings or leaves accumulating will help eliminate potential mosquito perching places since they like to gather in regions that are concealed and shaded.
A third and additional way is to encompass mosquito control within your retention pond using Eco Friendly insecticides such as Green Army Eco Friendly Solution. This type of insecticide is not harmful to people or pets.
To schedule a consultation or for more information on mosquito control, Contact Georgia Storm Water Today 770-710-4379.