But They're so Cute!
Even the cutest of wild critters can be detrimental to your Phoenix pond! During your normal pond maintenance, be sure to check around the waterfall and skimmer areas for rodent activity. Damage can happen over time right under your nose! They dig in and start tunneling around under the rocks and dirt, and can undermine equipment and plumbing, wreaking all kinds of havoc along the way.
Rodent Damage to a Phoenix Pond
The result of rodent activity in a Phoenix pond can be anything from the mild annoyance of having to re-stack the rock or add some larger rocks to keep them at bay (in the early stages), to having to completely tear apart and rebuild your water feature (if left unchecked). We've see this all the time because folks aren't checking around the whole feature. Because we use a flexible system to build Phoenix ponds, this is a fixable issue; however, it can be time-consuming, and thus, somewhat costly.
Walk the Whole Walk!
We know it's more fun to view your Phoenix pond from your patio or sitting area, but once in a while take a little stroll around the whole thing to check the back end, too. Just like you walk around your house occasionally to check for termite trails, right? If you don't do that either, it's another thing you should consider doing on a regular basis, because prevention is a lot easier (and cheaper) than infestation!
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Barbi Holdeman, co-owner of The Pond Gnome, enjoys sharing their 17+ years of education & experience with you! She writes about Phoenix Ecosystem Pond Installation, Pond Maintenance, Wildlife around the Pond, Koi and Goldfish in the Pond, and the Pond Lifestyle. If you enjoy what she writes, please share it!