Help Beat Mozzies

(Media release from MBRC 27 Feb 2015) 
From emptying outdoor pot plant saucers to cleaning out the gutters, residents across the Moreton Bay Region are helping to reduce mosquito numbers after ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said the vigilance of local residents was crucial after recent heavy across the region.
“Higher-than-usual tides and Ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia’s torrential rain have created a perfect storm for mosquitoes,” Mayor Sutherland said.
“From Elimbah to The Hills District breeding conditions for mosquitoes are perfect and we all need to play a part to help to keep their numbers as low as possible.”
Moreton Bay Regional Council has completed the 5th aerial treatment of 2015 for saltmarsh mosquito larvae in tidal, low-lying coastal and wetland areas.
Helicopter treatments on Tuesday, February 24 and Wednesday, February 25 covered 3,288 hectares of known saltmarsh mosquito breeding areas at Toorbul, Pumicestone Passage, Bribie Island, Ningi, Beachmere, Elimbah, Griffin, Lawnton, Deception Bay, along the Caboolture River and Hays Inlet encompassing Redcliffe, Kippa-Ring, and Mango Hill.
Council has also targeted freshwater mosquitoes in local parks and reserves with barrier and fogging treatments.
The mosquito season has seen Moreton Bay Region’s ongoing Vector Management Program complete ten aerial and ground treatments over 22,953 hectares.
Since the New Year 12,645 hectares have been treated.
Mosquitoes in The Hills District, non-coastal urban areas, and the region’s rural hinterland areas are usually freshwater container breeders that target any accumulation of water in vessels around the home or property, such as pot plant saucers and old tyres.
Freshwater container mosquitoes tend to remain in proximity to their place of birth. 
Mayor Sutherland said residents could help boost the effectiveness of council’s Vector Management Program by limiting the opportunities for freshwater container mosquitoes to breed around the home.
Steps residents can take include:
•        Emptying any containers in yards holding rainwater such as pot plant saucers 
•        Regularly changing water in pet bowls and bird baths 
•        Clearing roof gutters of leaf debris
•        Keeping swimming pools chlorinated
•        Treating outdoor areas with an outdoor mosquito spray available from most hardware outlets
“With Queensland Health recently reporting a rise in Ross River Fever across South East Queensland, residents should protect themselves by applying plenty of mosquito repellent if outdoors at dawn or dusk,” The Mayor said.  
“After the recent severe weather it has never been more important to be pro-active and vigilant with mosquitoes.”

About Editor