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Bloodsuckers out in force in Bundy

BUNDABERG people are waging war against a growing army of mosquitoes - and seem to be losing.

As the wet, warm weather continues to provide ideal breeding conditions for the bloodsuckers, there is a whole brigade of residents routinely slapping, scratching and spraying in a bid to rid themselves of the pests.

Mother-of-three Linda Stone, of Kalkie, proudly showed off the war wounds up and down her arms, sustained when she set up camp at Mon Repos on Wednesday.

“We were just there for the night and they had already swarmed by the time we had our tent up,” Mrs Stone said.

“The mozzies were just everywhere, they were even biting through my shirt.”

The teacher said there seemed to be no escape from the small assailants.

“I've been here for seven years and I haven't noticed them to be around as much as they have in the past couple of weeks,” she said.

“One of my sons and myself are Aeroguarded all the time, otherwise we are just eaten alive.”

East Bundaberg mum Wendy Lata said she had noticed the insects both at home and in Avenell Heights.

“We were in Avenell Heights for a barbecue recently and at about 6.30pm everyone was getting bitten and getting out the spray just to try and stop them,” she said.

In Moore Park Beach, George Shuter said he had not been able to venture outside after 4pm without protection from the bloodsuckers.

“Last week I took the bins out and there was a shadow of mozzies behind me. I was literally being chased - it was almost like they were out for blood,” he said.

The plague proportions of mosquitoes are causing a range of inconveniences in the Moore Park Beach area.

Moore Park State School had planned an outdoor social to end the school term last week, but students were disappointed when the event had to be cancelled due to mosquitoes.

The NewsMail also had reports of high numbers of the insects in the Bundaberg west, Norville, Kepnock, North Bundaberg and Walkervale areas.

Despite the surge, Queensland Health said there had not been a spike in the number of mosquito-related diseases in the area.

In the past two months, there have been five reported cases of Barmah Forest virus infection and two of Ross River fever in the region.

There has also been one reported case of dengue fever, but the disease was contracted overseas.

“It is crucial people take responsibility for ensuring mosquitoes can't breed around their home and business properties,” Wide Bay Public Health Unit physician Margaret Young said.



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