COUNTY OFFERS FREE FISH TO CURB MOSQUITO POPULATION

COUNTY OFFERS FREE FISH TO CURB MOSQUITO POPULATION

Doña Ana County Vector Control will give away free gambusia fish Friday and Saturday April 20 and 21 at its new minnow pond and mini-park to help county residents control the mosquito population.

The county has been offering the mosquito-eating minnows free of charge to area farmers since at least 1970, according to Doña Ana County Vector Control supervisor Kenneth Scholar. The program was then extended to the public.

“This is the single-most effective tool in mosquito control,” said Scholar. “Anyone who is looking for a safe, environmentally-friendly way to get rid of mosquitoes on their property this summer should have these fish.”

Gambusia can eat five times their weight in mosquito larvae, and are also strong breeders. According to Scholar, it only takes between six and 12 fish in any standing body of water to eradicate the mosquito population on a half-acre of land.

The fish giveaway starts Friday at the minnow pond from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and again on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bags will be offered at the site, or you can bring your own container.

The ponds are located at 4605 Picacho, directly across from Picacho Hills Dr. For more information or to schedule a separate time to pick up fish, call (575) 644-0886.
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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Public Information Communication Specialist Kelly Jameson at (575) 386-4302.