HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA)—The fight against the spread of the Zika virus continues across the state of Florida and in Hillsborough County. Officials are taking steps to prevent mosquito breeding.
On Saturday, Hillsborough County Solid Waste is partnering with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for a free residential tire collection.
The event will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:
- South County Transfer Station at 13000 U.S. Highway 41 in Gibsonton
- Hillsborough Heights Community Collection Center at 6209 County Road 579 in Seffner
The collection event is open to all residents, but you must bring photo I.D. in order to drop off tires. Each resident can drop off up to 12 tires, but commercial businesses can’t participate and tires from commercial vehicles will not be accepted.
The Hillsborough County Mosquito Control Unit will also be giving away mosquito fish at the Gibsonton location, while supplies last.
Gabriella Ruiz has several young children in her family and already takes proactive steps to prevent standing water around her house.
“When it rains, we keep all the stuff that collects all the water, we make sure its tipped over so they don’t collect there,” said Ruiz.
To mosquitoes, especially the kind that carry Zika, a tire with standing water is the perfect breeding ground.
“This mosquito is paradomestic. It likes to live around your house, it likes to live in your backyard. The most logical way to attack that mosquito and to really put pressure on it is to educate the public,” said Ron Montgomery of Hillsborough County Mosquito Control.
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