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Posted May 24, 2017 | 3:32 PM

Fight Mosquitoes with Free Fish This Spring and Summer

Hillsborough County, Fla. (May 24, 2017) - Hillsborough County's mosquito fish are on the move.

The small fish, which love to feast on mosquito larvae, will be available at numerous locations throughout Hillsborough County during the summer. They are ideal for backyard ponds, birdbaths, fountains, animal troughs, unused swimming pools, and other standing water that provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

The fish are distributed from specially outfitted trucks, and residents can pick up the mosquito fish for free with a photo ID showing residence in Hillsborough County, including the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City. The fish are available first-come, first-served while supplies last.

The county is providing the native, freshwater fish as an effective, natural way for residents to control the spread of mosquito-borne disease. The fish require no feeding or special care.

Free mosquito fish will be available in parking lots at the following times and locations:

  • May 27, 9 to 11 a.m. - Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd. in Tampa
  • May 27, noon to 2 p.m. - Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave. in Tampa
  • June 10, 9 to 11 a.m. - New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd. in Tampa
  • June 10, noon to 2 p.m. - Hillsborough County Mosquito Control, 6527 Eureka Springs Road in Tampa
  • June 24, 9 to 11 a.m. - Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico
  • June 24, noon to 2 p.m. - Riverview Branch Library, 10509 Riverview Drive in Riverview
  • July 8, 9 to 11 a.m. - Temple Terrace Public Library, 202 Bullard Parkway in Temple Terrace
  • July 8, noon to 2 p.m. - Bruton Memorial Library, 302 McLendon St. in Plant City
  • July 22, 9 to 11 a.m. - SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin
  • July 22, noon to 2 p.m. - Hillsborough County Mosquito Control, 6527 Eureka Springs Road in Tampa

Get more information on future mosquito fish events.

Media Contact:
Todd Pratt
Communications & Digital Media
(813) 276-2409 - office
(813) 373-1023 - cell

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