Mosquitofish

Mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis) are live bearing freshwater minnows related to guppies. These small fish (1-2 inches in length) are top swimmers that feed on insects and wind-blown organic debris at the surface of the water. They have a voracious appetite. An adult can eat up to 500 mosquito larvae a day! This makes them an excellent biological tool for mosquito control, as the fish gobble up the mosquito larvae before they have a chance to develop into flying, biting adult mosquitoes.
 

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Biological Control

As a natural predator of mosquito larvae, mosquitofish have been used for mosquito control purposes throughout the world for many years. More than 100,000 of this fish are produced each year at the District's mosquitofish production facility. READ MORE.

 
 

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Detailed information regarding the proper care of mosquitofish. READ MORE.

 

image How to Get Free Mosquitofish

Mosquitofish are available for pickup at the District's office at 155 Mason Circle in Concord Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Containers are provided. Please call in advance (925) 685-9301 if you need large numbers (50 or more) for a water feature such as a swimming pool or large pond. This applies to residents who are going to obtain fish from the District office ONLY). READ MORE.

 
 

imageMosquitofish Research Videos

These videos are dedicated to the biological element of our Integrated Vector Management Program - using mosquitofish and researching the potential species of other fish to help combat mosquito larvae naturally. READ MORE.

 
 

image Fisheries Research Documents

Documentation of researching the potential for utilizing native species of fish for mosquito larva control and the potential for spawning in captivity of these fish. READ MORE.

 
 

image Got Coffee Cans? We Need Them!

Got empty cans and lids? We need them to serve as containers for our mosquitofish program. You recycle. We save tax payers' money. Fish have safe transportation to your home. Please bring in your cans and lids to our office Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Click here for directions.

 
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