Stagnant natural pond complete with bugs. Help?

Old 07-20-16, 10:26 AM
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Question Stagnant natural pond complete with bugs. Help?

Hi all,
Hoping to find some info here. We're moving into a house that has a small natural pond on it. 2/3's of it is on our property and pretty much in our yard. The neighbors owning the other 3rd, it doesn't really affect their yard. I'm not even sure they know it's theirs.
Here's the issue. Bugs. Mosquitos. Lots of 'em. There is no water source that fills it, I think it's just natural ground water and rain. No movement at all. There are no fish, but the guys working on the house say there are turtles in there.
Is there anything I can do to reduce the mosquito population? I don't want to hurt any potential wildlife and I was planning on having a landscaper clear the yard further out but what's the point if we can't use the yard because of the bugs.

I'm in the Northeast. Any help or info would be greatly appreciated!
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This is great!! And cheap!! (and they look like bagels!)
Thank you!
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How much money do you want to spend?
How do you want the pond to look when you are done?
How large is the pond?
Is there an aquatic weed/plant problem?

Easiest to start is to stock the pond with some fish. They will eat the mosquito and other insects. Check with your local county agricultural extension to see what they recommend. What type of fish you stock with will also depend on whether or not you want to have game fish for fishing. Without knowing anything else I'd stock with fathead minnows as they are a good core for any pond and feed heavily on mosquito larvae and they need no care or maintenance harvesting.
Old 07-21-16, 04:31 AM
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And maybe an aerating system?

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