Mosquito-eating fish used to keep pests at bay

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While many use bug spray to repel mosquitoes, officials in York County, Virginia are taking a different approach.

Gambusia holbrooki, also known as “mosquito fish,” eat mosquitoes while they’re still young.

“Other animals, like bats and things, will eat mosquitoes as well. But they don’t eat them as much as you would think because why get, you know, a hamburger when you can get filet Mignon,” biologist Elizabeth Hodson explained.

The guppy-like fish is native to Virginia. York County has made use of them for nearly 30 years.