Get free mosquito fish to reduce the bug population

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Hillsborough County is bringing back its popular mosquito fish giveaways for 2022.

Summer rains help create the perfect opportunity for mosquitoes to breed in the Tampa Bay area. The county offers residents the opportunity to naturally reduce the mosquito population using small fish.

Mosquito fish, or Gambusia Holbrooki, are small native freshwater fish that eat mosquito larvae. You place the fish in garden ponds, birdbaths, fountains, animal waterers, rain barrels, unused pools and other standing water. They help reduce the adult mosquito population and control the spread of mosquito-borne diseases by eating mosquito larvae.

On the following Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Hillsborough County Mosquito Management Services will distribute free mosquito fish at the following nine county parks:

May 7 – Keystone Recreation Center, 17928 Gunn Hwy., Odessa
May 21 – Southshore Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin
June 4 – Fishhawk Sports Complex, 16000 Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia
June 25 – Northdale Park, 15550 Spring Pine Dr., Tampa
July 9 – Providence Skate Park, 5720 Providence Rd., Riverview
July 23 – Picnic Island Park, 7409 Picnic Island Blvd., Tampa
August 6 – Mike E. Sansone Community Park, 1702 N. Park Rd., Plant City
August 20 – Oscar Cooler Sports Complex, 788 Lutz Lake Fern Rd., Lutz
September 3 – Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa

You will need to bring photo ID showing your residence in Hillsborough County to receive the fish. Fish are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

The Hillsborough County Mosquito Management Division works to reduce mosquitoes in the county. You can read the agency’s four tips on preventing mosquito bites and 13 places you might find standing water by clicking here.