Beware mozzies going on the bite
IF you’re a little sensitive to a mozzie bite or two, watch out — recent rainfall and warmer weather have created ideal breeding conditions for the little blighters.
And with more wet weather on the horizon in the next week, the reality may only bite harder.
Bundaberg Regional Council’s health and environmental services spokesperson, Cr Mary Wilkinson, said scotch greys and grey-striped mosquitoes, which were now causing concern, could be expected to continue for another two to three weeks in similar numbers.
“Both species are resilient creatures, laying eggs in shallow grassy depressions, which, when they become inundated following rain, allows hatching of the mosquitoes with the warm wet conditions,” Cr Wilkinson said.
“After hatching, these pests can rest in sheltered areas and long grass. They predominantly bite by day or at dusk.
“Bundaberg Regional Council is treating known breeding sites and suggests the use of repellent if venturing outside at dusk or even during the day.”
Cr Wilkinson said while the two species were pests, neither was known to carry disease.
She said as summer approached, people should be aware that different types of mosquitoes could breed in a number of areas around the home, such as pot plants, bird baths and knots in trees.
Ray Smith, 91, of Parklands, said he had noticed mosquitoes were on the rampage late last week.
“If you go out at night, you’re going to get bitten, especially if there’s a bit of water lying around,” he said.
“The water gets away fairly quickly, but when it rains we get swimming pools everywhere.
“It’s especially bad if people have pot plants — they breed in there.”
Greg Savage, council director of health and environmental services, encouraged householders to remove containers holding water from around their yards, to help stop breeding.