Health officials in Westchester County want to use some little fish in the battle against mosquitoes.
The Westchester County Health Department is giving away fathead minnows for residents to use in ornamental ponds, which could become breeding sites for mosquitoes that can carry West Nile Virus.
The minnows like to eat the larvae and pupae from the mosquito, which like to breed in standing water. Health officials said the fish have been effective in controlling mosquito populations in county parks.
“There are a lot of studies out there that show this is a very viable way, an organic way to control mosquito populations in your county without using additional pesticides,” Assistant Health Commissioner Peter Delucia told WCBS 880′s Sean Adams
The county has 100 pounds of fathead minnows to give away Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The fish are being distributed at Building One at the Westchester County Airport, 2 Loop Road off Airport Road.
For more information, visit health.westchestergov.com.
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