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Dona Ana County resumes fish giveaway to combat mosquito population

Dona Ana County resumes fish giveaway to combat mosquito population
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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 10:11am

Doña Ana County Vector Control is once again offering free gambusia fish to anyone living in Las Cruces or Doña Ana County to help curb the mosquito population and reduce the potential for West Nile virus, encephalitis and other dangerous diseases.

“It’s important to get these fish out into the community during the spring and summer months when they’re most effective,” said Doña Ana County Vector Control supervisor Kenneth Scholar. “That’s when mosquitoes are a very real threat.”

Gambusia can eat five times their weight in mosquito larvae each day, and are also prolific 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.

Fish can be picked up at the Doña Ana County minnow pond, 4605 Picacho Ave. today through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Minnows are also available all summer on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Bags will be offered at the site, or you can bring your own container.

Educational coloring books are also offered to the public, free of charge.

For more information, please call (575) 644-0886.
 

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