Hillsborough County residents can pick up free mosquito fish to help reduce backyard mosquito breeding this summer.
According to the county, mosquito fish are small, native freshwater fish that eat mosquito larvae. Mosquito fish are an ideal resource for backyard ponds, birdbaths, fountains, animal troughs, unused swimming pools, and other standing water. The fish eat the larvae before they become mosquitoes, helping to reduce the adult population and to control the spread of mosquito-borne disease.
On the following Saturdays, the mobile mosquito fish truck will be available to distribute free fish and advice in these areas:
June 1 – Mosquito Management Services, 6527 Eureka Springs Road in Tampa
June 15 – Providence Skate Park, 5720 Providence Road in Riverview
June 29 – Northdale Park, 15550 Spring Pine Drive in Tampa
July 13 – Tournament Sportsplex of Tampa Bay, 9330 E. Columbus Drive in Tampa
July 27 – Southshore Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin
August 10 – Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd. in Tampa
August 24 – Mike E. Sansone Community Park, 1702 N. Park Road in Plant City
September 7 – Gardenville Recreation Center, 6215 Symmes Road in Gibsonton
September 21 – Picnic Island Park, 7409 Picnic Island Blvd. in Tampa
You'll need to bring a photo ID showing residence in Hillsborough County to receive fish. Limited quanitities of the mosquito fish will be available, while supplies last.
For more information about Hillsborough County Mosquito Management and tips on preventing or reducing mosquitoes, click here.