Airborne plague near you
MOSQUITOES are ready to make their impact on the Bundaberg region in a big way, with the past few weeks providing classic breeding weather.
Bundaberg Regional Council health and regulatory services manager John Duffield said the warm weather combined with rain was a strong recipe for mosquito mania.
“It’s been nice and hot, with plenty of rainfall,” he said.
Mr Duffield said the prime breeding areas were salt marsh flats along the coast.
“They get inundated and the water gets brackish, and that’s when the salt marsh mosquitoes start to breed,” he said.
“We have a lot of problems with them because they have an extensive flight range.”
Mr Duffield said the insects would travel 25km to 30km flying into the wind as they tracked their victims by increased carbon dioxide in the air.
However, it is only the females that bite.
Male mosquitoes are inoffensive little creatures that do not make that annoying whining sound and feed only on nectar.
Mr Duffield said when the region received about 100mm of rain, ponds would form in a number of inland areas, providing breeding opportunities for freshwater species.
He said the council had a monitoring program that kept watch over known problem areas and would use growth regulators to prevent mosquito larvae from getting to the next stage.
Moore Park Beach resident Mike Nemeth said he had definitely noticed the prevalence of the airborne menace in the area.
“It’s worse in the late afternoon, after about 4pm,” he said.
“It’s not too bad in the sun, but as soon as you get under a tree in the shade they come at you.”
His wife Helen said she was particularly vulnerable to mosquitoes.
“Mosquitoes like me. I’m not worried that much by sandflies,” she said.
“All you can do about it is spray on repellent.”