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Scientists use Fish to Take on Mosquitoes

April 22nd, 2015

Scientists use Fish to Take on Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are out in full-force this time of year, and Sarasota County Mosquito Control has come up with a unique plan to get rid of them.

They are breeding mosquito-eating fish, called “Gambusia Holbrooki.” Inside a huge tank, scientists are breeding thousands of these fish that feed off of mosquito larvae, which grow in standing water and pools.

According to Channel 8 WFLA, if there is a problem area with a lot of mosquitoes, the fish will be released to help eradicate the problem, all without the use of chemicals or pesticides.

Environmental biologist, Eesa Ali, said: “”We’re trying to reduce our environmental footprint and use less pesticides total. We’re also trying to save time for our technicians who go out into the field and trap fish, because it is an important part of our program to have fish. And we also want this as an outreach to the public, we want them to come here and get fish.”

What do you think? Will these fish solve the mosquito madness in the south?

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