Following rain the Moreton Bay Regional Council acts on mosquitoes

The Moreton Bay Regional Council will continue its mosquito aerial treatment program this Friday after rainfall across the region in the last 24 hours created ideal breeding conditions.

At 6.30am on Friday, February 8 council’s vector management helicopters will treat saltmarsh breeding areas in Rothwell, Clontarf, Kippa-Ring, Griffin, Mango Hill, Lawton, Deception Bay, Burpengary East, Uhlmann Road and Beachmere.

Treatments target mosquito larvae before they have the chance to emerge into adults.

By targeting the mosquito larvae where they breed, these treatments reduce the number of mosquitoes that become adults.

Residents are encouraged to take precautions as well to protect themselves and their properties.

Empty any containers around your property which might be holding water. As little as 100ml of water is enough for more than 400 adult mosquitoes to develop in just one week.

Spray screens and outdoor surfaces with barrier treatments which contain the active ingredient bifenthrin.

This active ingredient lasts for six to eight weeks and will kill mosquitoes which land where it has been sprayed. It’s readily available from hardware shops.

Licensed pest control technicians can also effectively treat your property.

Wear personal repellent if you’re heading outside at dawn and dusk as these are times when mosquitoes are most active.

Although it’s not possible to eradicate mosquitoes entirely from our communities, council and residents can work together on keeping their numbers down.

For more information about mosquito management visit moretonbay.qld.gov.au/health-safety/mosquitos

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