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Fish fight mosquitoes in SCW lakes

Fish fight mosquitoes in SCW lakes

In an effort to fight mosquito breeding during the high-humidity months of the monsoon season, the golf maintenance department recently stocked all of our lakes with the Eastern mosquitofish or Gambusia holbrooki. These fish eat mosquitoes and feast on larvae.

A total of 40,000 fish were added to our lakes, an average of about 1,000 fish per lake. The mosquitofish will reproduce, thus ensuring continuing mosquito control.

In addition to the fish, our lake aeration systems have been checked to ensure they are in proper working condition. Updates and additional aeration were installed where needed.

Aeration in our golf course lakes increases oxygen levels, reduces bottom sludge, improves water quality, helps decrease odors, and reduces phosphorous concentrations and the need for costly lake treatments. Phosphorous supports algae blooms, which in turn harbor mosquitoes, so reducing levels helps the situation.

Residents worried about mosquitoes breeding during the monsoon season can rest assured we are taking all necessary steps to reduce or eliminate conditions that are conducive to that breeding.

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