Mosquito's Worst Enemy is Free, and Rolling into a Neighborhood Near You
Residents throughout Hillsborough County, including Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City, and MacDill Air Force Base, 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 actions residents can take to proactively eliminate mosquito habitats and stop larvae production.
Residents can visit the lab and pick up fish from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following Saturdays:
- 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
The County is providing fish as an effective, natural way for residents to control the spread of mosquito-borne disease. Mosquito fish are small, native freshwater fish that eat mosquito larvae. The fish are ideal for backyard ponds, fountains, animal troughs, unused swimming pools, and other standing water. They require no feeding, and care is limited to protecting them from garden sprays, chlorine, or other chemicals used for cleaning. Mosquito fish do not lay eggs and need no special environment for breeding.
Residents will only need a photo ID showing residence in Hillsborough County to receive fish. Limited quantities of mosquito fish will be available, while supplies last.
Free mosquito fish are also available between June 3 and September 18, every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory, 1408 24th St. S.E. in Ruskin, through a partnership between
Hillsborough County and the University of Florida facility.
- More tips to help control mosquitoes in your neighborhood
- Download Youth Mosquito Activity and Coloring Sheet
Mosquito Management is rolling out a new mobile education lab featuring ways everyone can help combat mosquitoes alongside the mosquito fighting duo Mosquito Ninja and Gambuzi-san.