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 regularly treats known breeding sites for mosquitoes that carry diseases like the Ross River and Dengue viruses, but our 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.
Dengue fever can include headaches, fevers, aches and pains, nausea, vomiting and, in some rare cases, can be fatal.
Residents can avoid becoming ill by taking precautions against being bitten. These include using personal insect repellents, screening sleeping and living areas and using surface sprays in dark places such as under beds, tables and behind cupboards. There are also barrier treatments available through pest control businesses.
If you have plants that hold water, such as bromeliads, flush them out with a hose thoroughly every 3-4 days.
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.