NC pond - newbie needs advice
I just bought a property with about .2 acres of overgrown pond.
It is a breeding ground for mice, venomous snakes and of course, mosquitos. The property also has a severe wasp problem. Not sure if that's also related to the ponds ecosystem. Assuming filling it is not an option, i'm looking for ideas to make it a "feature" rather than a blight.
I also need some education on what i can legally do to it as the Army Corps of Engineers considers it a wetland.
For instance, they told me i can cut down the trees but i can't pull them out by the root.
I could see it as a very pretty place with turtles basking, frogs croaking and fish thriving on mosquito larve but i have no experience with this and no idea where to start.
Is there a practical way to control mosquitoes? Aeration?
What's the best way to make it unpleasant for snakes?
Does the pond contribute to the wasp problem?
I am in Eastern NC on the zone 7/8 line.
here's a photo- the pond is very close to the house.