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#261555 - 06/09/11 04:14 PM Leeches in my Pond........now what??
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Registered: 05/22/11
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I have small leeches in my pond that are attaching themselves to anyone who goes for a swim in the pond.

What do I do about them....Get rid of them,...how???
Are they a problem besides getting on swimmers?

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#261556 - 06/09/11 04:19 PM Re: Leeches in my Pond........now what?? [Re: randyf]
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They bet they came in from a bird or turtle maybe?? LMB love them. Used to fish with them all the time back in Wisconsin. Not sure though how to get rid of them?? I know if you get them on you we used to poor salt on them and they will come off pretty quick.
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#261558 - 06/09/11 04:27 PM Re: Leeches in my Pond........now what?? [Re: randyf]
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We had found leeches in our Pond about 20yrs ago and after putting LMB in we haven't had one on us swimming since. Now that isn't a total solution just our expereince. They could still be around, just less of them?

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#261561 - 06/09/11 04:52 PM Re: Leeches in my Pond........now what?? [Re: Allmadness]
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Add the largest RES you can find to your pond. IMO, RES probably are the most efficient small leach eaters of any pond fish. They hang out in similar environments. If you have a large number of leaches in your pond, it would seem you don't have many fish.
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#261564 - 06/09/11 05:01 PM Re: Leeches in my Pond........now what?? [Re: CJBS2003]
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Originally Posted By: CJBS2003
Add the largest RES you can find to your pond. IMO, RES probably are the most efficient small leach eaters of any pond fish. They hang out in similar environments. If you have a large number of leaches in your pond, it would seem you don't have many fish.


Sorry....What's a RES??

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#261565 - 06/09/11 05:03 PM Re: Leeches in my Pond........now what?? [Re: randyf]
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#261567 - 06/09/11 05:04 PM Re: Leeches in my Pond........now what?? [Re: Omaha]
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#261570 - 06/09/11 05:37 PM Re: Leeches in my Pond........now what?? [Re: Omaha]
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What about Drum?

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#261574 - 06/09/11 06:51 PM Re: Leeches in my Pond........now what?? [Re: MRHELLO]
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You know any hatcheries selling drum? Not much point in recommending them if one cannot buy them. I think RES would still be a better species for other reasons.
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#261576 - 06/09/11 07:17 PM Re: Leeches in my Pond........now what?? [Re: CJBS2003]
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Like RC51, I've picked a lot of Wisconsin leeches off my body in younger days. Anyway, here are a couple of older links regarding leeches:

What to do about leaches

Leeches . . . . Good or Bad?

I hate to be a pessimist. But, sometimes things just can't be easily corrected.

As a kid, we used a lot of leeches for bait. One of our family cabins on a lake in Wisconsin still has a very abundant supply of leeches. The lake is well populated with walleye, perch, musky, and several varieties of fat sunfish. Commercial bait dealers trap them in this lake. Many of the lake shore land owners catch them for bait. Everybody takes them out of the lake when they go swimming. In my 60-some years, the leech population on this lake hasn't changed a whole lot.

Catching them in a can full of rotting fish guts will remove a lot of them, but . . .

Once a body of water is infested with leeches, I'm not sure if you can ever completely get rid of them, short of poisoning, draining, and then and bombing the body of water. Bass love them. Walleye love them. Perch love them. I'm sure other fish love them. The leeches love people, and leeches multiply pretty fast.

Sorry for such a negative response. We bought an above ground pool for the grand kids because they didn't want to swim in our pond.

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#261583 - 06/09/11 09:40 PM Re: Leeches in my Pond........now what?? [Re: catmandoo]
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Cat is right. We had a lake back home in Wisconsin that had bass, Walleye, crappie, pike, perch sunfish and I grew up on that lake for 15 years and when I left there were still leeches in that lake. Not an easy task to get rid of, but RES and LMB would help keep them in check I would think!
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#261617 - 06/10/11 07:05 AM Re: Leeches in my Pond........now what?? [Re: RC51]
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get rid of their environment- the muck is where they are living. Doubt you wil rid of but should lower the abundance with aeration and possibly combo with some the bacterial products.

We got em here in our bass rearing pond. Son enjoys picking off the little buggers mommy not so happy about it.
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