Mosquitofish Free to Residents at Collier Mosquito Control District
October 6, 2022 @ 8:30 am - October 7, 2022 @ 4:00 pm EDT
NAPLES, FL (Oct. 5, 2022) – Residents in Collier County are urged to pick up mosquito fish from the Collier Mosquito Control District (District) to place in flooded yards, swales, and other small areas of standing freshwater left behind by Hurricane Ian.
These freshwater fish – Gambusia holbrooki – are native to Southwest Florida and are about 2 inches long. Their preferred diet is mosquito larvae, which live in standing water. Each fish can eat approximately 100 larvae daily. District officials are advising residents that an increase in mosquitoes is expected with the abundance of standing water in the area, and that the mosquito larvae can mature to adults in as few as 5 to 7 days.
Mosquito fish are free to Collier County residents, and they can be picked up from the District’s offices located at 600 North Road, Naples, FL 34102, between the hours of 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM on Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 7. No appointment is necessary, and fish will be distributed until the District’s tanks are emptied.
While spending time outside during Southwest Florida’s recovery and rebuilding, residents are reminded to wear mosquito repellent not only to protect against itchy mosquito bites, but to reduce the likelihood of contracting a mosquito-borne disease.
District operations have resumed despite having sustained significant surge damage to its buildings, and residents are encouraged to report nuisance mosquitoes on the District’s website at cmcd.org
About Collier Mosquito Control District
The Collier Mosquito Control District (the District), created in 1950, is an Independent Special District of the State of Florida contributing to the health, welfare, and comfort of District residents through integrated pest management programs that suppress mosquito populations. These programs use the safest and most economical means available to enhance quality of life while having minimal adverse effects on people, wildlife, and the environment. The District is dedicated to using best practices to uphold the public trust, applying sound science, and maintaining economic responsibility. For more information, call (239) 436-1000 or visit www.cmcd.org.