Helicopter is back to target Moreton Bay mozzies

Moreton Bay Regional Council’s mosquito treatment helicopter is back.

Council’s Lifestyle and Amenity Spokesperson Councillor Matt Constance said from Wednesday, November 16, to Friday, November 18, council will deploy its vector management helicopter following recent warm weather and high tides, which has created the perfect conditions for saltmarsh mosquito larvae.

“Over the next few days, you may notice helicopters operating near the Redcliffe Peninsula, Hays Inlet, Pumicestone Passage, Beachmere and Elimbah as council’s vector management team treats more than 3,000 hectares of tidal areas,” Cr Constance said.

“The aerial treatments will target mozzie larvae before they have the chance to emerge, and coincides with council’s ongoing program to treat mozzies on the ground in public places like parks, sports facilities and local reserves.

“It’s a great reminder for residents to do their bit and help combat mosquitoes in and around the home, where most mozzies breed.

“Combatting mozzies in the home is as easy as taking five minutes to empty any containers that might have rainwater, change the water in your pet’s bowl and make sure your swimming pool remains chlorinated.

“By working together as a community we can help to manage mozzie numbers in the region.”

Helicopter mosquito treatments will start from 6am on Wednesday, November 16 for areas including Redcliffe, Rothwell, Mango Hill, Griffin and Deception Bay, and from 6am on Thursday, November 17 for Beachmere, Toorbul, Ningi, Bribie Island and Elimbah. 

Cr Constance encouraged people to apply mosquito repellent when heading outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk during the mosquito season.

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