Hillsborough County Mosquito Management Services’ popular Mosquito Fish Giveaways will begin in May, with a kickoff event in Odessa, and will continue throughout the summer across the county, according to a news release.
Mosquito fish fight mosquitoes before the insects can bite, by eating mosquito larvae.
The free fish are to be placed in intentional standing water like koi ponds, horse troughs, or rain barrels. The fish are small enough to hide from predators, and their favorite food is mosquito larvae.
Last year, Hillsborough launched a new mosquito fish hatchery to breed healthy fish for the giveaways.
To receive a fish, you must have a photo ID that shows you live in Hillsborough County.
Quantities are limited, and the fish will be available while supplies last.
Mosquito Management also will have an educational trailer on-site at each event, to help residents learn about eliminating mosquitoes, and to illustrate the work the county does to keep residents healthy and safe. The trailer will be on-site from 8 a.m. to noon, at each of the giveaways.
The Keystone Recreation Center, 17928 Gunn Highway in Odessa, will host the kickoff fish giveaway on May 7.
For a list of upcoming events and locations, visit tinyurl.com/5eymzmpy.
Published April 27, 2022