Northern Suburbs News
Westchester County offers mosquito-eating minnows
NEW ROCHELLE -- Health workers in suburban New York are suggesting that before residents reach for the DEET or break out the citronella, they put little fish to work in the battle against mosquitoes.
The Westchester County Health Department is giving away fathead minnows on Friday and Saturday for use in ornamental ponds.
The department says the mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus like to breed in standing water. And the minnows like to eat mosquito larvae and pupae.
Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler says the fish have been effective in county parks. Now residents can use them to cut the mosquito population at home.
The department says the minnows should be used only where the water is at least 8 inches deep.
The county has 100 pounds of fathead minnows to distribute Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Residents who want the minnows should go to 2 Loop Road, Building One at the Westchester County Airport. The building is the first right from the airport access road.
westchester county, northern suburbs news
- AccuWeather: Snow, ice and rain for Saturday 26 min ago
- 7 On Your Side gets back $1-million dollars in 2013
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- Get WATCH ABC for your mobile device
- New York City issues snow alert 3 min ago
- Christie appointee resigns amid probe 57 min ago
- Charges expected in fraternity death
- 2,500 Fordham University applicants misled by email
- NY lawmakers to announce legislation preventing bridge tolls
- Mayor-elect de Blasio to visit White House
- Mega Millions rises to $425M for Friday drawing
- Secret Sales: Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans and Photo Books
- Photos: Technology Gift Guide
- Photos: 60 photos of Golden Globe nominees
- AccuWeather: Snow, ice and rain for Saturday
26 min ago