Pond Tips - Residents in your Pond

 

Bloodworms - Have you noticed tiny red worms in your pond, baskets or filter?

No need for concern. These harmless creatures are Blood Worms and they can be beneficial to the pond by consuming some of the detritus (sludge). Blood Worms are the larvae stage of chironomid midges – a very small fly, that resembles a mosquito but does not bite.

You may find blood worms anywhere that there is organic material below water level.

Just ignore them.

             Red WormsRed Worm in pond

There are hundreds and maybe even thousands of residents in your pond.
Most of these are never or rarely seen. Some are microscopic and others are as large as bullfrogs.
Numerous "bugs" live in there. One in particular is about an inch long with huge scary eyes.
But, don't kill it. That is the young stage of the beautiful Dragon Fly. Eventually, it will crawl out onto a branch, sprout wings and fly.
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Mosquitoes are the greatest nuisance, as they bite and can carry disease. Simply keeping gambusia, the mosquito eating fish, in your pond will eliminate this problem entirely.
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You will occasionally see small clouds of flying insects hovering over the water. There are dozens of types of beneficial winged flies that hatch in the pond and later crawl out and fly. Midges are a common sight around water.
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Occasionally we find a Crawdad crawling across the grass. This creature loves to wander. They can be a pest in large quantities, as they have a habit of taking a few bites out of each new tender plant growth. This often kills the plant, so we dispose of them. They are easily caught at night with a short string and small piece of a hotdog. Once they taste it, they won't let go. Just raise them up and slip a net under them. Here, we rip off the tails and throw the tails back in the pond. The Catfish love them.
The newly introduced RED asian varieties can be very aggressive, NEVER add them intentionally.
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Do your best to aquaint yourself with your resident creatures. Then, when one appears unexpectedly, you will know what it is and how to handle it.