Skip to main content

I have a seasonal stream on my property. It is dry between April and November. I noticed that an area near the bottom of the slope stayed moist all summer, so I dug a hole there which filled with water. It is a natural landscape, wind-protected area.
I decided to improve it by deepening it. I used a giant chisel to remove rocks.

After removing more stones and mud from the bottom it turned into a cloudy pond.

Getting up close I could see that the pond was absolutely filled with mosquito larvae. The little black specks hang from the surface tension at the waterline. For every one at the top there were hundreds swimming below.

I know that a drop of oil would destroy the surface tension and kill the larvae, of course I couldn't do that to my stream bed.
So I tried sweeping them out.

That didn't work. So I tried bailing them out, using a pan from the kitchen.

That didn't work. either.

Then I thought.....Mosquito Fish. Most counties have a mosquito control agency of some sort; some of them stock these fish. They are called Gambusia affinis and they have a voracious appetite for mosquito larvae and pupae. They can eat from 100-500 larvae a day and give birth to live and active young. When you get them from the tax-supported agency they are about the size of small guppies. They gave me three fish in a waxed carton. So I cleared the pond of detritus with a sieve. The pond was then crystal clear.        

Then I added the fish from the container.

They were so happy. They immediately set about chasing the swimming larvae and eating them. They are fun to watch. Three cheers for the public sector.

So as you can see, all my problems are solved. Well, most of them, anyway.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Meteor Blades, JekyllnHyde, vicki, badger, TrueBlueMajority, NYmom, Susan Gardner, Bob Love, Sprinkles, just another vet, OLinda, mslat27, eeff, xynz, Sandy on Signal, devtob, emelyn, exNYinTX, hnichols, JLFinch, concernedamerican, bronte17, missLotus, brillig, Wee Mama, whenwego, CoolOnion, highacidity, Miss Blue, fumie, navajo, high uintas, fluffy, Eddie C, wader, SneakySnu, Oke, edrie, psnyder, annan, MrSandman, wordene, brainwave, cosette, DSC on the Plateau, chantedor, Steven Payne, riverlover, FlyingToaster, JayBat, ybruti, randallt, rickeagle, rambler american, jhawklefty, Josiah Bartlett, xxdr zombiexx, TexMex, sawgrass727, Gowrie Gal, Tirge Caps, humphrey, Tinfoil Hat, ichibon, subtropolis, Shrew in Shrewsbury, Chinton, Laurence Lewis, Kevskos, Dem Beans, cassidy3, Overseas, Joes Steven, Eileen B, SocioSam, xaxnar, Knucklehead, golem, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, Magnifico, MJ via Chicago, global citizen, twigg, katrinka, Zwoof, boatsie, sceptical observer, middleagedhousewife, justiceputnam, BlueMississippi, CA Nana, Persiflage, doingbusinessas, Statusquomustgo, slksfca, ZenTrainer, BentLiberal, DBunn, Thinking Fella, tegrat, One Pissed Off Liberal, old wobbly, pgm 01, FoundingFatherDAR, john07801, Habitat Vic, Truedelphi, Loudoun County Dem, leema, Dartagnan, ColoTim, offgrid, Mary Mike, Richard Lyon, jnhobbs, gchaucer2, Don midwest, seriously70, JaxDem, kimoconnor, GAS, 6412093, poligirl, OleHippieChick, mamamedusa, Involuntary Exile, lineatus, Lujane, Horsefeathers, petulans, Notreadytobenice, sewaneepat, Quilldriver, rodentrancher, slathe, FudgeFighter, maggiejean, ceebee7, nchristine, Nebraskablue, maryabein, Norm in Chicago, earicicle, Shelley99, Keith Pickering, Munchkn, Dragon5616, rebel ga, citisven, catilinus, Larsstephens, commonmass, smileycreek, FogCityJohn, icemilkcoffee, LaughingPlanet, marsanges, jakedog42, Polly Syllabic, freeport beach PA, Simple, renzo capetti, gulfgal98, pixxer, Yasuragi, Jaimas, Betty Pinson, ericlewis0, cocinero, no way lack of brain, Onomastic, Front Toward Enemy, allenjo, bgblcklab1, cooper888, BlueJessamine, NormAl1792, mrsgoo, badscience, muddy boots, KVoimakas, worldlotus, enhydra lutris, poliwrangler, disconnect the dots, cactusgal, leftykook, DRo, Jojos Mojo, Mentatmark, anodnhajo, greenbastard, Eric Nelson, joanil, AnnieR, Joieau, 2thanks, FloridaSNMOM, Trotskyrepublican, martinjedlicka, Darryl House, This old man, Mr Robert, carolanne, belinda ridgewood, arizonablue, Glen The Plumber, BobTheHappyDinosaur, nomandates, jbob, remembrance, goodpractice, weck, SixSixSix, Yo Bubba, Aunt Pat, RiveroftheWest, ModerateJosh, ET3117, chicklet, in the middle but all by myself, LilithGardener, Jim Domenico, footNmouth, eagleray, patbahn, gnosticator

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site