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Fish Stocking for Mosquito Control

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Those of us fortunate enough to live in Florida generally count our blessings daily. There are a few drawbacks, however. One of these is a voracious mosquito population in a few places. Do you have a mosquito problem? If so, you may be interested in the completely natural and effective technique of restocking fish Sarasota FL.

The Florida Mosquito: A Real Pest

Mosquitos are a problem not only because of their annoying itchy bites but because they can carry severe infectious diseases. Some of these mosquito-borne diseases include:

  • West Nile Virus
  • Equine encephalitis
  • St. Louis encephalitis

Only adult females bite. They do this to get a meal: fresh blood. Interestingly, the males feed on nectar from flowers. The female mosquito lays her eggs in water, where they hatch into larvae, which are also called “Mosquito wrigglers”. It takes about 8 days, plus or minus, for a mosquito to go from a hatched egg, into a wriggler, then onto an adult. Adult females can live for about a month or two. That’s a lot of days to cause a pest problem.

Using Fish Stocking as a Natural Method of Mosquito Control

Mosquitofish, Gambusia affins, are related to guppies and native to the eastern United States. They love to dine on mosquito larvae. They can eat up to 160 mosquito larvae per hour. They are hardy fish, not too finicky about water temperature or turbidity. What’s more, they thrive in the waters where mosquito larvae are found! Stocking mosquitofish can go a long way to eradicating your mosquito problem.

Many other fish besides Mosquitofish also eat mosquito larvae. Some of these include:

  • Guppies (Close relative of the Mosquitofish)
  • Tilapia
  • Koi
  • Minnows
  • Goldfish
  • Immature carp

Your best bet is to contact a local pond or lake specialist who has experience in fish stocking.