Hillsborough County to give away free mosquito fish to cut back on mosquito breeding

Posted at 4:44 PM, Mar 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-31 16:44:49-04

People who live in Hillsborough County will be able to pick up free fish on Saturday, April 1 to cut back on mosquito breeding. 

The Gambusia fish, better known as the mosquitofish is a small, light grey freshwater fish that feed off mosquito larvae. 

Native to Florida, the county plans to give them away to cut backyard mosquito breeding. 

The fish can be used in backyard ponds, birdbaths, fountains, animal troughs, unused swimming pools and other standing water. 

Hillsborough County Mosquito Control Director Donnie Hayes said people will receive a bag of fish, the number depending where the fish will be placed. 

Residents, including Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City and MacDill Air Force Base, will need a photo ID showing residence in Hillsborough County. 

The fish will be given out first come, first serve basis. 

You can pick up the fish from the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center at 440 N. Falkenburg Roadfrom 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.