Q&A: How can I get leeches out of my water garden without removing the water, plants, snails & fish?

| March 1, 2013 | 2 Comments

Question by WELLILLBE: How can I get leeches out of my water garden without removing the water, plants, snails & fish?
I have small leeches and have noticed tiny reddish worms in the filter box of my water garden. What are they and How can I get rid of them? We have several really nice fish and trapdoor snails that I don’t want to accidently kill. Anyone know what I should do?

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Answer by Allen T
You can entice the leeches using red meat in a simple trap. This should allow you to catch the leeches without endangering your fish and snails (see sources for more explicit directions).

The small red worms may be bloodworms, which apparently are the larvae of the midgefly. Your fish will probably eat these, and they pose no danger to the pond.

Best of luck —

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  1. CWC says:

    stock your little pond with sturgeon or some other type of leech eating fish.

  2. mdemo1 says:

    My koi love to eat them. I freaked out the first time I saw them in my pond but my fish root around the pots and other things and eat them. I think I read that they prefer to live in still water. I wear gloves now….

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