Mozzie breeding sites targeted

IN AN effort to reduce mosquito numbers, Bundaberg Regional Council officers have treated a several breeding sites close to residential areas in Moore Park Beach.

Health and Regulatory portfolio spokesperson Cr Wayne Honor said the council took the action after receiving reports from residents concerned about an outbreak of mosquitoes in the area.

"Ideal weather conditions over the past few months and recent high tides have caused an emergence of salt marsh mosquitoes in the Moore Park Beach area," Cr Honor said.

"These conditions have made mosquito control a real challenge for council officers who have treated Council-owned properties in the Moore Park area including upstream of Ohlaf Street (behind Egrets Lane) and the end of Woodlands Lane," Cr Honor said.

"While these treatments may reduce localised numbers, residents can expect a re-emergence of mosquitoes in the coming weeks as higher tides and recent rainfall plays their part on the mosquito breeding cycle."

Cr Honor said salt marsh mosquito breeding sites can be located up to 50 km away from where residents are being bitten.

"A small puddle of water can contain thousands of mosquito larvae. Variations in the surface ground water levels in the area have also made the location of these breeding sites more random than normal," he said.

"With ideal breeding conditions set to continue, it's important that residents continue to take the necessary precautions such as using insect repellent, checking your screen door and windows or contacting a local pest control operator for treatment of foliage and structures on your property."



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