NJ using tiny crustaceans to fight mosquitoes – SFGatePosted: June 25, 2012
“The days of driving a truck down the street and spraying pesticides are long gone. These copepods can pick up where fish leave off,” Administrator Robert Kent, of the state Office of Mosquito Control, told The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/LNQpYs).
The state uses mosquitofish, fathead minnows, killifish, bluegill and other fish to combat the blood-sucking pests in larger waterways. Sometimes this involves digging ditches, not to drain the swamp as in the early days of mosquito control, but to give the fish access to the mosquitoes.
Copepods, which eat mosquito larvae but not adult mosquitoes, are meant for smaller freshwater applications such as roadside ditches, small pools, and near schools where there are strict regulations limiting pesticides.