Mosquitoes' Worst enemy Is Free - and Rolling into a Neighborhood Near You
Hillsborough County, Fla. (July 10, 2019) -- Residents throughout Hillsborough County can pick up free fish again this summer to help reduce backyard mosquito breeding.
This year's mobile mosquito fish truck events will also feature Mosquito Management's new education lab, focusing on the ecology of mosquitoes and actions residents can take to proactively eliminate mosquito habitats and stop larvae production.
Mosquito fish are small, native freshwater fish that eat mosquito larvae. The 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.
Residents can visit the lab and pick up fish from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following Saturdays:
July 13 - Tournament Sportsplex of Tampa Bay, 9330 E. Columbus Drive in Tampa
July 27 - Southshore Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin
Aug. 10 - Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd. in Tampa
Aug. 24 - Mike E. Sansone Community Park, 1702 N. Park Road in Plant City
Sept. 7 - Gardenville Recreation Center, 6215 Symmes Road in Gibsonton
Sept. 21 - Picnic Island Park, 7409 Picnic Island Blvd. in Tampa
Residents will need only a photo ID showing residence in Hillsborough County to receive fish. Limited quantities of mosquito fish will be available, while supplies last.
For more information about Hillsborough County Mosquito Management and tips on preventing or reducing mosquitoes, visit HCFLGov.net/Mosquito.