Nuisance Wildlife in Stormwater Ponds

South Carolina's surface waters are home to a great diversity of wild animals. Many of these animals are considered desirable and even have become icons of the beauty of South Carolina's wetlands. In fact, the opportunity to see animals such as herons and egrets, frogs and fish, turtles and alligators, and beavers and otters on a regular basis plays a significant role in why many residents choose to call South Carolina home. 

Stormwater ponds, although highly engineered and very different from South Carolina's natural waterways, do attract a number of wild animals. Some of the wild visitors to stormwater ponds are considered by homeowners to be desirable, while others are thought of as nuisances. This webpage adresses some of the common "pest" animals in order to provide control recommendations but also to dispel many of the misconceptions made about your pond's wild residents.

Click the animal that is causing you concern for a description of the animal and its control recommendations.

Geese, Swans, Ducks

Turtles

Snakes

Fish, Invertebrates

Beavers, muskrats, otters

Alligators

Frogs, salamanders

 

For more detailed information on behavior and control of nuisance wildlife, visit the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management.