Recent rain has resulted in an explosion of mosquitoes in the Burdekin region and residents are being advised to reach for the repellent to help combat them.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said council officers had identified the mosquitoes as saltmarsh mosquitoes.
“Council has been conducting aerial spraying of the normal habitat areas such as the salt pans near Alva and other saltmarsh areas, as well as hand spraying where needed,” she said.
“Officers have also organised barrier treatments at Council facilities such as the Ayr and Home Hill pools and shire parks to try to reduce the impact of the mosquitoes.
“Saltmarsh mosquitoes are predominantly nuisance mosquitoes, but some species that breed in the saltmarshes are responsible for the transmission of Ross River Fever.”
Residents can reduce the impact of the mosquitoes by:
- Wearing repellent when outside;
- Wearing long-sleeved, light-coloured shirts;
- Staying inside at dusk;
- Burning mosquito coils; and
- Ensuring the house is screened.
Cr McLaughlin said residents could also have barrier treatments conducted at their home by a pest control operator.