Look for the Mosquito Ninja and Gambuzi-San Mobile Lab truck at locations around the County

Every year during the spring and summer we go to different locations and give away mosquitofish to residents. The annual mosquitofish giveaway events are free for anyone who lives in Hillsborough County.

Things to know about the events:

  • To receive fish, you need a photo ID showing you live in Hillsborough County
  • Staff will scan or enter your ID information into the County's mosquito database. After that step is completed, you will move up to next station to receive your mosquitofish.
  • There are limited quantities. Mosquitofish are available while supplies last.

Mosquitofish facts

  • Mosquitofish are small, native freshwater fish that eat mosquito larvae
  • Place fish in standing water such as backyard ponds, fountains, animal troughs, and unused swimming pools to effectively and naturally manage mosquito populations
  • They require no feeding, and care is limited to protecting them from garden sprays, chlorine, or other chemicals used for cleaning
  • Mosquitofish do not lay eggs and require no special environment for breeding
  • All of the County's mosquitofish are raised at Mosquito Management Services headquarters, making the operation more sustainable
  • Homegrown fish are more likely to be healthier than fish transported from farms

2024 schedule and locations

Find the Mosquito Ninja and Gambuzi-San Mobile Lab truck in the location parking lot. Unless otherwise noted the events last from 8 AM to noon on the following Saturdays:

  • April 6 - Science Fair - Mosquito Management Services, 6527 Eureka Springs Rd., Tampa, FL 33610
  • May 18 (9 AM) - West Service Unit, 9805 Sheldon Rd., Tampa, FL, 33635
  • June 29 - New Tampa Performing Arts Center, 8550 Hunters Village Rd., Tampa, FL, 33647
  • July 13 - Southshore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin, FL, 33573
  • Aug. 10 - Fishhawk Sports Complex, 16000 Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia, FL 33547
  • Sept. 14 - Northdale Park and Recreation Center, 15510 Hooting Owls Pl., Tampa, FL, 33624

Visit our Mosquito Control section to learn more about spraying, our mosquito management program, information on how to prevent mosquitoes, and more.


For questions about the event call (813) 635-5400.

Image Caption: Mosquito Ninja and Gambuzi-San Mobile Lab truck
Last Modified: 4/4/2024, 5:54:25 PM
June 2024