Recent rain boosts mosquito breeding

The recent rain has resulted in an increase in mosquitoes and Burdekin residents are being urged to help fight an outbreak by ensuring their yards are clear of any potential breeding sites.

Burdekin Shire Council Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said the region had prime breeding conditions at the moment.

“The recent rain, although welcome, has seen a boost in mosquito numbers, particularly in the salt marsh areas,” he said.

“Council is regularly treating known breeding sites for mosquitoes that carry diseases like Ross River virus, but our now lush backyards are also a haven for these pests.

“Container-breeding mosquitoes, which can carry disease, can be found in items such as pot plant holders, gutters, old tin cans, plastic containers, fallen palm fronds, toys, bromeliads and old tyres.

“If you have plants that hold water, such as bromeliads, flush them out with a hose thoroughly every 3-4days.”

Mr Mulcahy also urged residents to be aware that the Aedes aegypti mosquito was a carrier of the dengue and zika virus.

“Residents can avoid becoming ill by taking precautions against being bitten, by using personal insect repellents, screening sleeping and living areas and using surface sprays in dark places such as under beds, tables and behind cupboards or there are barrier treatments available through pest control businesses,” he said.

“Dengue fever can include headaches, fevers, aches and pains, nausea, vomiting and, in some rare cases, can be fatal.

“Dengue mosquitoes require only a small amount of water to breed in, so if residents empty all their pot plant trays and other water-holding containers it will stop the mosquito’s breeding cycle from starting.”

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