Pomona, NY – With the Asian Tiger mosquito now in Rockland, it is more important than ever for residents to “fight the bite!” Like other mosquitoes we have in Rockland County, these mosquitoes can carry several diseases, including West Nile Virus and dog heartworm. To help County residents reduce the number of mosquitoes on their property, the Rockland County Department of Health offers the following free mosquito control products:
Mosquito Dunks® contain bacteria that kill mosquitoes in their larval stage in water, before they become flying, biting adults. The Health Department gives out the dunks to private residential pool owners ONLY for use in swimming pool covers or in open swimming pools that are not being disinfected and filtered. Come to the Health Department, Building D, 50 Sanatorium Road in Pomona, Mondays – Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for your free Mosquito Dunks®, while supplies last. It is important to know the size of your pool when coming to pick up your dunks.
Fathead minnows are a type of fish that eat mosquito larvae before they become flying, biting adults. The minnows should be released in areas that have at least 8 inches to 12 inches of water, such as an ornamental pond. You do not need to stock streams and rivers with these minnows, since mosquitoes generally do not lay eggs in moving water. Also, if fish are already in the water, then Fathead minnows are not needed, as other fish should provide control.
You must order the fathead minnows by April 10. To order online, or to download the order form to fax or mail, visit http://rocklandgov.com/departments/health/environmental-health/fathead-minnow-information/, or call 845-364-3173.
The minnows can only be picked-up on Wednesday, April 17 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Health Department, 50 Sanatorium Road in Pomona. Follow the “Free Dunk/Fish” signs from Sanatorium Road to the giveaway location. Call 845-364-3173 on Wednesday, April 17 between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to make sure that the fish giveaway will take place as scheduled.
The Health Department will provide all the correct permits to allow you to stock the fish within Rockland County. The fish will be in a sealed bag for transport. Please bring a bucket or container to place the bag in for support.
“In addition to using these mosquito control products, we urge all residents to check your property for ANY items outside that can hold water, since this is where the Asian Tiger mosquito prefers to breed. Get rid of the items or empty the water out at least once a week,” said Kathleen M. Henry, R.N., M.A., Acting Commissioner of Health.
For more information visit http://rocklandgov.com/departments/health/environmental-health/mosquito-control/ or call the Health Department at 845-364-3173.