Mosquito-Eating Fish Battle West Nile Virus

12:49 AM, Jun 25, 2008   |    comments
  • These tiny fish help fight Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus.
  • Homeowner places tiny fish in small pond to ward off mosquitoes.
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STOCKTON, CA - As another summer of West Nile Virus concerns mount, mosquito control officials in San Joaquin County are stepping up their efforts with mosquitofish.

The tiny fish are considered an effective tool in controlling mosquitoes which are the most common way humans are infected with the virus.

"This year we found the virus earlier than last year.  It's another season of West Nile Virus and risk to the public,",said San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District spokesman Aaron Devencenzi.

The district will offer fish for free at several locations the rest of this week.  They should be used in pools that aren't getting chemical care as well as ornamental ponds, and animal water troughs.

Fish Distribution Dates:

June 25:

  • In Tracy from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at 333 Civic Center Plaza 

  • In Lodi from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 401 N. Stockton Street

June 26:

  • In Lathrop from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at 390 Town Centre Drive.

  • In Manteca from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 295 Cherry Lane

 June 27

  • In Stockton from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at 6803 Alexandrea Place (Swenson Golf Course)

The mosquito control district is also busy putting fish in the pools of foreclosed homes throughout San Joaquin County.  Neighbors are encouraged to report addresses of homes that have pools but have been abandoned.  They're not encouraged to do the work themselves with either chlorine or bleach.

"Let us take care of it.  We'll get the mosquitoes.  If people fool around with pools, they'll get mosquitoes breeding again, and it's more manpower for us to go back out," said Devencenzi. 

The phone number for the district is (209) 982-4675.


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