Using Fish to Control Mosquitos


Dec 31, 1969
I just read that in Cape Cod, people are experimenting to control mosquitos by stocking bogs with sunfish. I remember learning when I visited Cattus Island County Park in New Jersey about fish in the park's Mosquito Bay controlling mosquitos there. Channels were made to accomodate the mosquito-controlling fish.

Not only would the fish control the mosquito population, it is a potential alternative to growing cranberries, the market of which in New Jersey is dwindling. In the absence of DDT, which should never have been banned but used more judiciously, the fish solution may be a viable albernative. Bluebirds and bats also help control the mosquito population -- the bluebirds work the days shift and bats the night shift -- and that's a good reason to provide good habitat for them.