Council acts to quell mosquito numbers

Burdekin residents may be wondering what are the ‘bait like’ products appearing in some drains or waterways?

The answer is out. They are specific baits put in place by Burdekin Shire Council’s Pest Management Team to destroy mosquito larvae.

Council has distributed over 200 slow release briquettes and 10kg of pellets throughout the shire for mosquito prevention, with mosquito numbers potentially set to soar following the recent king tide.

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Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said residents should be aware of the possibility of salt water mosquito presence in the district over the next few weeks as a result of the king tide on 31 January.

“The saltwater mosquito can travel 50km from the coast on prevailing winds and can carry Ross River Virus and Barmah Forest Virus,” Cr McLaughlin said.

Helicopter spraying of tidal zones has commenced while slow release pellets and briquettes, targeting fresh water mosquitos from residual rain and irrigation water, have also been distributed in high risk and largely populated areas.

The pellets and briquettes are tied in hessian and weighted down in open pit drains, or tied to grates and left to dangle in the water accumulated in stormwater drains.

(S)-Methoprene is target-specific and does not harm mammals, waterfowl, or even beneficial predatory insects. Burdekin Shire Council asks the community not to remove or interfere with these products as they are designed to destroy mosquito larvae.

“Residents should also be vigilant in tipping out water in containers around the home, storing items out of rain and throwing away items not in use that may collect water and harbour mosquitoes,” Cr McLaughlin said.

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