Action being taken on outbreak of mosquitoes
UPDATE, 3.30PM MONDAY: The recent floods and high tides and the warm weather have created ideal conditions that have increased the prevalence of mosquitoes in and around Bundaberg region homes.
Bundaberg Regional Council's Health and Regulatory Services portfolio spokesman Cr Wayne Honor said environmental officers had identified that a severe outbreak of salt marsh and freshwater mosquitoes was imminent.
"While not all mosquitoes bite humans, council has identified a marked increase in a several mosquito species capable of transmitting diseases - such as Ross River virus and dog heartworm," Cr Honor said.
"Reports from residents in Moore Park, Burnett Heads, Bargara and North Bundaberg indicate that mosquito numbers are on the increase. There will be large freshwater pods after the flooding which will breed mosquitoes in high numbers. "
Cr Honor said mosquitoes could travel long distances.
"This mosquito can fly up to 20km from the breeding site and on strong winds travel even further. There are simple measures that can be employed to ensure some basic protection from all mosquitoes," he said.
"Mosquitoes like to rest in shaded, leafy areas and are generally most active around dusk and dawn, but will bite at any time."
Cr Honor said the council was aware of the influx of mosquitoes and was striving to reduce the impact on the community.
"When outside slip on loose, light coloured clothing and spray on a good insect repellent (containing DEET or picaridin) to reduce the slap and enjoy that great outdoors," Cr Honor said.
- Use insect repellent and mosquito coils
- At home check screens on doors and windows and if you don't have screens sleep under a mosquito net.
- Barrier products are available that can kill adult mosquitoes. These can be used on foliage and structures - contact your local pest control operator for more information about this treatment.
- Don't forget your pets - check that your dog's heartworm treatment is up to date.
EARLIER: Fogging operations for mosquito control has been undertaken by Australian Defence Force personnel.
Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said vector control was urgently required across the region with heavy outbreaks of mosquitoes already reported.
"The ADF personnel will be fogging by truck in the botanic gardens area and also around a campsite at in the Salter Oval area."
He said the fogging was quite harmless to humans although residents should not follow closely behind a vehicle undertaking the fogging.
"If a fogging truck passes your property just move to a room isolated from the activity," Cr Forman said.
"If any person is aware of significant ponded areas where mosquitoes may be breeding it would be appreciated if they could advise council."
The number to report mosquito activity is 1300 883 699.