Residents of Tracy and the surrounding area can pick up free mosquitofish from the San Joaquin County Mosquito & Vector Control District.
Mosquitofish eat mosquito larvae, including the species that carry West Nile virus, and can be placed in animal drinking troughs, ornamental ponds and neglected swimming pools.
COVID-19 protocols will be observed, and people are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Mosquitofish can also be delivered; call the San Joaquin County Mosquito & Vector Control District office at 209-982-4675.
• The Centers for Disease Control developed a comprehensive resource page on West Nile virus, including details about prevention, symptoms, statistics and maps.
• In March, the state of California produced a chart of West Nile virus infections and deaths since 2003 (PDF).
• More information, including current West Nile virus activity, is available on the state’s “Fight the Bite!” page,westnile.ca.gov.