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September 14, 2020

Leeches

While there is no product that directly eliminates leeches, there are a few tricks that may just help reduce their numbers in your pond or lake.

A large leech population can indicate a low fish population. Leeches are almost a given in every pond, and a healthy fish population helps with leech control. One thing to consider is introducing bass or bluegill to your pond. The appropriate stocking for a 1 acre pond is 600-1000 bluegill and 200 bass in the spring or fall months. The cooler temperatures and higher oxygen levels are factors that allow for an easier transition for the fish.

Leeches are often times found in and around the muck, especially in the more shallow areas of the pond. Muck is decayed vegetation that ends up being a source of rich nutrients for different wildlife and plant life. The main method in deterring leeches is to get a hold on your muck problem. If you have at least 6 inches of muck in and around your beach and dock areas, you will want to consider Muck Doctor. You can either administer the product yourself, or sign up for muck treatment and have the service tacked on to your existing pond treatment for a reasonable rate. Give the office a call if you are interested!

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