Integrated Pest Management: Pond Maintenance

Mick RibaultBlog, Invasive & Nuisance Vegetation Control, Pond Management

Photo of DPW Client Service Manager completing water quality testing.

Integrated Pest Management: Comprehensive pond maintenance plans provided by Dragonfly Pond Works

Tyler Cooper- Triangle Client Service Manager, Certified in Stormwater BMP Inspections and Maintenance

Photo of DPW Client Service Manager completing water quality testing.
Client Service Manager, Tyler Cooper, performs a water quality test. Cooper can provide Integrated Pest Management as part of pond maintenance plans.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the practice of utilizing biological methods in lake and pond management. This practice is geared towards reducing the use of chemicals for invasive vegetation and nuisance vegetation control. Integrated Pest Management should be used as part of a comprehensive pond maintenance plan.

As an experienced and environmentally focused pond maintenance contractor, Dragonfly Pond Works always looks to utilize natural solutions whenever possible. Our experts will identify the health and needs of a pond when performing maintenance inspections. We will focus on using Integrated Pest Management techniques as part of a targeted pond maintenance plan.

Integrated Pest Management Tips

Here are four expert tips of ways to reduce and/or avoid chemical use.

  1. Beneficial Plants- We utilize native plants that help control invasive vegetation and help filter pollutants. Additionally, plants provide erosion control, habitat, food, increase oxygen supply, and increase aesthetic value. A natural habitat for minnows and dragonflies is important because they aid in managing pests, such as mosquitoes.
  2. Fish- We utilize fish, such as Triploid Grass Carp, in our integrated pest management practices. Triploid Grass Carp are recommended because their population is easily controlled and they will eat almost all submersed vegetation. They can help provide invasive vegetation control for 5-7 years.
  3. Beneficial Bacteria- Algae feed on nutrient in ponds. Adding beneficial bacteria helps eliminate this nutrient, thus eliminating this food source. The beneficial bacteria help return the pond to a balanced ecosystem.
  4. Aeration- Aeration is used as part of a comprehensive integrated pest management plan because it prevents stagnant water. Stagnant water can lead to algae and increased mosquito populations. Aeration keeps water moving, preventing stagnation and increasing oxygen which supports a healthy ecosystem.

Our expert tips will reduce the need for chemicals, increase the health of your pond, and increase the aesthetic value. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about how we can improve the health of your system with our integrated pest management approach.

Photo of a retention pond treated for algae with aeration and beneficial bacteria.
Beneficial bacteria and aeration were two components in a comprehensive plan used to treat this retention pond.

Our Integrated Pest Management services through pond maintenance plans are available in Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Wilmington, North Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, Tampa, Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and St. Petersburg, Florida.

Learn More!

Read this case study to learn why it is always important to utilize a specialized pond maintenance contractor. Learn more about the use of fish as a biological control measure! 

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