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Fish released in Plano to help reduce number of mosquitoes

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Close-up of a blood-fiilled mosquito


Summertime is quickly approaching, which means mosquito season is too.

The City of Plano Environmental Health Department is already on their mosquito A-game. In an effort to reduce the number of mosquitoes and the potential spread of viruses associated to them, such as Zika and West Nile, thousands of mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis) will be released this coming Monday, May 2 at 1:30 p.m.

The release will take place at the large pond behind the Oak Point Nature & Retreat Center located in east Plano at 5901 Los Rios Boulevard.

Gambusia’s favorite meal is mosquito larvae and luckily for us can be placed in a variety of freshwater habitats. They are the best natural source and predator at controlling mosquito populations, which is the reason the city is trying this effort.

Gambusia kicks mosquitoes butts, Take One…

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Here’s a Gambusia

Colbea Smith
Colbea Smith is a young professional who grew up in Plano and loves the community she will always consider “home”. She is a proud alumna of Texas State University – Go Bobcats! – who spent most of her days in school studying advertising and playing around at the San Marcos river. After she graduated, Colbea worked in global communications at Hewlett-Packard for over three years and then took some time off to adventure around the U.S. Colbea is a huge, self-proclaimed foodie who loves to explore and is always down to try new activities.


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