The Central Highlands Regional Council is urging residents to join the fight against the mozzie bite, following recent rain across the region.
General Manager Communities John McDougall said stagnant water provided the perfect environment for mosquitoes to breed and dormant eggs to hatch.
‘We all have a part to play to help reduce mosquito numbers in our community,’ he said.
‘It’s as easy as covering up, using repellent and, most importantly, cleaning up areas at home or work that can hold water.’
Mr McDougall said residents should check all containers that can hold water weekly.
- loose tyres
- bird baths
- pot-plant bases
- the plant itself
- rainwater tank screens gutters
- empty buckets.
‘Tip it out, store it away when not in use and throw it if you don’t need it,’ he said.
‘These simple steps can help reduce the mosquito population and consequently the risk of mosquito-borne disease.’
Mr McDougall said weather permitting, council will also fog areas with high mosquito infestations across the region starting next week.
|Emerald||16 to 20 March||5.00 am to 7.00 am
5.30 pm to 7.30 pm
|Springsure||21 March||5.00 am to 7.00 am|
|Tieri||23 March||5.30 pm to 7.30 pm|
|Capella||23 March||5.00 am to 7.00 am|
|Rolleston||24 March||5.30 pm to 7.30 pm|
|Dingo||25 March||5.30 pm to 7.30 pm|
|Bluff||26 March||5.00 am to 7.00 am|
|Duaringa||27 March||5.30 pm to 7.30 pm|
|Blackwater||30 March||5.30 pm to 7.30 pm|
Contractor Can Do Pest Control will conduct the fogging, which will involve the dispersal of a chemical called Twilight ULV Mosquito Adulticide Concentrate through a thermal fogger.
‘The amount of insecticide in the fog is very small and is dispersed at quantities that can only kill something as small as a mosquito – so there is no risk to humans,’ Mr McDougall said.
‘However, residents should be aware that the fogging machine can be noisy.’
Council fogs when mosquito numbers reach a level of concern. This is determined by verified complaint levels and data from mosquito trapping. If you know of a problem area, please report it to council by calling 1300 242 686.
For more information on mosquitoes visit www.health.qld.gov.au