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County Stocks Retention Basins with Mosquito Eating Fish

Freeholder Heather Simmons and Freeholder Lyman Barnes add Gambusia Affinis to a retention pond at Delsea Drive Park in Glassboro today. 

The county will stock 17 other retention basins throughout the county with the 15,000 Gambusia Affinis received by the State Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife.

“These natural predators eat mosquito larvae to combat mosquitoes during the breeding season,” said Freeholder Simmons, liaison to Mosquito Control. .  “The fish are natural way the county can help reduce mosquitoes at their source and they are safe to our children, animals and environment.”

The county anticipates receiving two more batches of the mosquito eating fish this spring to help reduce the mosquito population.

The Freeholders said that residents could also help combat mosquitoes throughout the spring and summer by eliminating standing water sources from their property.  Dispose of old cans, plastic buckets, ceramic pots and any containers that may collect water.