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Nevada County gives away mosquito fish

Sun staff report

The Nevada County Vector Control Program will provide mosquito fish free of charge to Truckee-area residents on Thursday, Aug. 2, according to Wesley Nicks, the county’s director of environmental health.

These small fish, about 3 inches in length, feed on mosquito larva reducing the risk of being bitten by eliminating adult mosquitoes before they hatch. Mosquito fish thrive in shallow ponds and usually live about three years.

The fish giveaway will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Joseph Center parking lot, located at 10075 Levon Avenue in Truckee.

Fish will be given out in one-quart plastic bags that can sustain them for a few hours to allow time to transport them to a resident’s pond. The number of fish given out per resident will depend on the size of the pond to be stocked.

The bag containing the fish should be placed in the pond for about 10 minutes to allow the fish time to adjust to the water temperature before releasing them near some form of cover (undercut bank, roots, or vegetation).

The donation program is part of an ongoing effort by the Nevada County Environmental Health Department in cooperation with the Nevada County Ag Department to control West Nile virus, a disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.

For more information, call the Nevada County Environmental Health Department at 582-7884.