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Stopping Pond Predators

Stopping pond predators is imperative if you want to keep a healthy and balanced pond. Wildlife around your pond can be a wonderful thing but with small creatures comes larger ones to prey on them. You also want to keep your collection of fish in mind. You don’t want little animals running off with those or your beautiful flowers. This can be referred to as predator control.

First you need to get an idea of what type of predators roam your neighborhood. Maybe you have foxes, coyotes, raccoons, skunks or large cats, depending on your area of the country. If you don’t know where to find this information, just call your local animal control and ask them for information about stopping pond predators. Once you find this information out, then you can begin safeguarding your pond and the wildlife in it.

So, I am going to give you a few ideas in relation to stopping pond predators. If you happen to live in an area that is populated by raccoons, skunks or possum then you may want to set safe, friendly traps around your pond. If protecting your fish is your goal then you might want to consider a net on your pond. There will be some animals that are able to get through it or around it but it will deter others.

If you don’t already have one, then a dog can be a wonderful idea for stopping pond predators. If you are not a dog person, or don’t have an outside dog, then you should consider investing in a motion detector. A regular motion detector with lights may only work for a bit but animals could get used to it. I won’t guarantee this will work but try a detector with noisemakers or water sprayers to deter predators.

Adding plants or spots for your fish to hide under water will not stop predators but will give your fish an advantage. If this isn’t stopping pond predators then try adding things such as minnows or small useless plants for the predators to eat before they get to the good stuff.

Another method you can try is to make your pond a bit deeper or add a drop off. It will be much harder for animals to “hunt” your fish if they can’t wade or easily get to them. Stopping pond predators does not mean you have to rid your pond completely of the wildlife you do love; you just have to protect it against the wildlife that is harmful.