Mosquito fish, Gambusia affinis, are able to eat large quantities of mosquito larvae. The Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program employs mosquito fish as an effective biological method in controlling mosquitos. Our staff will stock mosquito fish in ornamental ponds, detention basins, and slow-moving streams and wetlands.
The following are some of the factors that should be considered before stocking mosquito fish:
- Is the location a permanent water source?
- Does the location produce mosquitos?
- Do koi or other ornamental fish already exist in the location being considered? (Mosquito fish may be detrimental to such species.)
- Are predatory fish species such as blue gills present? (Predatory fish will out-compete mosquito fish.)
- Is the water quality adequate?
- Does the depth and vegetation provide adequate harborage for the fish?
The Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program staff is available to assist you determining if your pond is appropriate for stocking mosquito fish. You may call the office at 785-4599 for more information or to request fish for your pond.