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Roosevelt Academy Breeding Mosquito Eaters


Last updated 2/28/2019 at 7:12am

Polk County School Board

Roosevelt Academy Principal Deborah Kindel and teacher Ray Cruze inspect the tank housing the school's mosquito fish.

The latest addition to Roosevelt Academy is bubbling with promise.

In a modest 400-gallon tank at Roosevelt's outdoor FFA facility, a small school of gambusia appear to be thriving. As implied by their more common name - mosquito fish - the tiny gambusia are famous for their pest-devouring abilities, and Roosevelt students could help boost their numbers in Polk County.

If all goes well, the Roosevelt team will soon expand their project to house approximately 1,000 mosquito fish and begin breeding them for public distribution through Polk County's Mosquito Control Unit.

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