Roundworms & Ponds

Roundworms & Ponds

Roundworms, also known by their genus name Ascariasis or ascarids and nematodes, live in the intestines of fish, mammals and mammals, like humans and pet cats and dogs. Their eggs are excreted into soil or water by animals. If an animal or individual puts soil, feces or water containing roundworm eggs in his mouth, he becomes contaminated with the parasite. When roundworm eggs are excreted in or near a pond, the river water can also haven the parasites. According to, “A single rotting bucketful of garden pond or soil water may house over a million roundworms.”

Roundworm Types

There is not 1 sort of roundworm. Rather you will find “over 15,000 known species of roundworms,” that the University of California Museum of Paleontology countries on its website. Fortunately, most roundworms cannot be transmitted from 1 type of animal to another type of animal, and just a few sorts of roundworms can infect people. Capillaria, Daphnia, and Philometra are common fish roundworm parasites, according to the Merck Veterinary Manual.

Transmission to Ponds

Ponds attract pets and wildlife. Herons and raccoons preying on river fish, and songbirds and neighbor pets stopping to get a drink, can make the dirt about a pond and the pond water infested with roundworm eggs from the animals’ feces. This situation can lead to dogs, rodents, pond fish and possibly even children getting infected when they ingest roundworm eggs from the soil or pond water.

Signs of Infestation

If your pond fish are contaminated, then you might notice they have poor growth, see the roundworms from the fish’s excrement or notice the fish have swollen bellies. It is possible to choose a pond water sample to a pond or fish retailer to have it tested for roundworms. The eggs and worms can be seen from the water sample under a good microscope. In people and pets, the indicators of a roundworm infection are rather similar. These include coughing, weight loss, stomach pain, blood in the stool, vomiting and death worms. Treatments can be found. See your doctor if you’ve got these signs. Take your pets to a veterinarian if you think they’ve a roundworm infection.

Pond Treatment for Roundworms

Maintaining pond water moving and clean helps to decrease roundworm infestations in a pond. That is accomplished simply by not overstocking your pond with fish and also by installing a filter system that’s made for your pond’s size. Fish drugs that contain fenbendazole and levamisole can be utilised to fight roundworms in seafood. Those medications can be obtained at pond or fish shops.

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