Midge Flies and Mosquitoes Controlled

Stagnant water is the breeding ground for some of the most obnoxious summer pests including midge flies (also known as blind mosquitoes) and mosquitoes. Not only are these insects annoying, adult mosquitoes spread disease and midge fly swarms are a terrible nuisance that can trigger allergies and respiratory reactions.

Midge Flies

midge fly swarmAquatic midge flies are non-biting insects found in lakes and ponds throughout Florida known by many common names including blind mosquito and fuzzy bill. While they do not present the health dangers to humans that mosquitoes do, they tend to emerge in swarms large enough to make outdoor activities impossible as well as staining cars, buildings and everything else in the way.

Midge flies are a food source for other aquatic insects, such as dragon fly nymphs, as well as several varieties of fish. Therefore, the goal is not to completely eliminate them, but to keep them in proper balance within the ecosystem. Midge fly populations grow exponentially in water that is high in nutrients and bottom muck, and low in oxygen, environments that don’t support fish. Download the Midge Fly PDF

Mosquitoes

mosquito close upThe female mosquito needs blood to produce eggs and a wet, protected place to lay eggs. Animals and algae provide everything they want, and for better or worse, lakes have an abundance of both. The natural way to limit mosquitoes is to make sure that your lake has natural predators including several species of fish, birds and dragonflies. A healthy balanced ecosystem will go a long way towards keeping these mosquito feeders around.

Chemicals may need to be used to control immediate mosquito infestations, but for long term control a healthy lake is the best defense. Aquatic Systems can help with a plan that includes larvacides, biological controls and aeration.
 

Long Term Solutions

For long term control of these pests you must make the lake healthy. Aquatic Systems uses three distinct methods to control these pests during the stages when they live in the water, before they can cause trouble:

  • Larvacides - an environmentally safe, long term and cost-effective way to reduce midge fly and mosquito populations without affecting the food chain, fisheries or other non-target species.
  • Gambusia and Sunfish - small native fish that feed on mosquito larvae. These fish are most effective in bright open waters devoid of aquatic weeds and algae where they can see and catch the larvae. Gambusia will eat organisms besides mosquitoes, and have been known to eat the eggs of other fish species.
     
  • Aeration Systems - Vertex aeration systems improve water quality and increase predation of mosquito and midge fly larvae by fish and other aquatic insects.

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