Residents throughout Hillsborough County can pick up free fish on Saturday, April 1, to cut backyard mosquito breeding. Limited quantities of mosquito fish will be available from Hillsborough County Mosquito Control between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 440 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa. The County is providing fish as an effective, natural way for residents to control the spread of mosquito-borne disease.
Residents, including those in Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City, and MacDill Air Force Base, will only need a photo ID showing residence in Hillsborough County to receive fish, while supplies last.
Mosquito fish are small, native freshwater fish that eat mosquito larvae. Mosquito fish are ideal for controlling mosquito larvae in backyard ponds, birdbaths, 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 require no special environment for breeding.