Residents are being urged to join the fight against the mozzie bite, following heavy downpours across the Central Highlands last month.
Central Highlands Mayor Cr Kerry Hayes said the stagnant water provided the perfect environment for mosquitoes to breed and dormant eggs to hatch.
‘Our parks and gardens crews have been out checking drains and clearing gutters on public buildings,’ he said.
‘However we all have a part to play to help reduce mosquito numbers in our community. It’s as easy as covering up, using repellent and, most importantly, cleaning up areas at home or work that can hold water.’
The mayor said residents should check all containers that can hold water weekly, including loose tyres, bird baths, pot-plant bases, the plant itself, rainwater tank screens, gutters and empty buckets.
‘Tip it out, store it away when not in use and throw it if you don’t need it,’ Cr Hayes said.
‘These simple steps can help reduce the mosquito population and consequently the risk of mosquito-borne disease.’
Cr Hayes asked residents to report unusually high mosquito infestations to council immediately by calling 1300 242 686.
‘Council only fogs when mosquito numbers reach a level of concern,’ he said.
‘This is determined by mosquito trapping results and verified complaint levels. Council is currently collecting this data and will continue to monitor the situation.’
If the decision is made to fog, residents will be given three days’ notice.
For more information on mosquitoes visit www.health.qld.gov.au