Seminole County has utilized mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) in areas to prevent mosquito emergence and lessen the amount of pesticides used.
- Mosquitofish can eat their weight in mosquito larvae daily.
- It is native to Florida.
- Its temperature range is between 30-100F.
- Mosquitofish are extremely hardy and will tolerate and thrive in just about any standing water, regardless of pH or oxygen content.
- They bear live young, which are born approx. 3/8 " long and immediately feed on mosquito larvae.
- When stocked in ponds with larger fish they may inhabit the shallows to avoid predators.
- Mosquito larvae inhabit the shallows and become easy prey to the mosquitofish.
If you have an area that may benefit from mosquitofish, contact the Mosquito Control office.