Burdekin residents praised for lack of mosquito breeding sites

Burdekin residents are being praised for the lack of mosquito breeding sites on their properties.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said residents had done an excellent job of ensuring there was nowhere for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to breed.

“Council officers have inspected 536 properties, including 29 commercial properties, as part of the Council’s inspection program and of those only 19 properties were found with mosquito breeding sites,” he said.

“Officers then treated only four of those properties as the mosquitoes were breeding in boats, ponds and other items that could not be emptied.”

Cr Lowis said no Aedes aegypti larvae had been found to date.

“The mosquito larvae found so far include Aedes notoscriptus and Culex quinquefasciatus which are both nuisance species and can carry and spread dog heartworm,” he said.

“This is a great result and I thank the residents for being so vigilant in tipping out water-filled containers to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

“It is essential that we keep on top of mosquitoes to prevent any dengue outbreaks occurring here, especially after this little bit of rain.

“I would ask residents keep up the good work and continue emptying out containers on a regular basis to keep the mosquitoes at bay.”

There are currently nine confirmed cases of dengue in Townsville, four in Ingham and eight in Innisfail.

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