Okay. Okay. I know... it's a common fact here in Alaska (and in Lower 48 states) that leeches will be everywhere and anywhere.
Here is the deal.
Our children have swam, kayaked, and rafted in our pond for 2 summers now and this summer if the first summer where we have had a leech on one of the kids (from ear to lower neck).
My response after being repulsed and screaming while I am in the middle of working?
Now, I'd like for our kids to start swimming in the pond again, but they are all a tad freaked out to get in and I have considered treating the water before they do go in again.
The only thing that we have planned for our pond is fish.
The reason why I am posting is to find out if there is something else that we can do to not necessarily get rid of the leeches (because I am quite sure that you can't get rid of them) but to alleviate as many as we could have in our pond. We don't want to treat the water because it's part of our water table. We have 2 dead sloughs on our property, too. Those sloughs do not connect to the actual pond.
Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.
Thanks in Advanced!
(yes, I have already googled and I am not finding anything really other than filling the pond with fish)