Buzz Off: Mozzie sprays begin when the numbers swarm after the rain


The recent rain has revived the Sunshine Coast, but with the good comes the bad, namely the mosquitos.

The humid weather and conditions make a perfect breeding ground for the insects as the number of mosquito-borne diseases continues to grow in the area.

Data from Queensland Health showed that 520 coastal residents were infected with Ross River virus and 118 people were infected with Barmah Forest virus this year.

The number of people infected with the Barmah Forest virus has increased 3.1 times the five-year average.

In the last month alone, 10 people were knocked down with the Ross River and seven with the Barmah Forest virus.

The Sunshine Coast Council began its annual mosquito control program with two air treatments carried out in the past four weeks.

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Environmental portfolio advisor Maria Suarez said more treatments are planned for the coming weeks.

“Control activities are scientifically managed to target specific areas of public land known to be mozzie breeding, such as the Maroochy River basin and the Pumicestone Passage basin,” she said.

“The season starts every year in spring, when the temperatures warm up and the humidity rises, and lasts until April, when the cooler autumn temperatures arrive.

“Each season we usually carry out around 12 treatments on around 1000 hectares.”

The council is not spraying private property for adult flying mosquitoes.

The Sunshine Coast Council urges residents to stop the spread of mosquitoes. Image: SCOPE OF DELIVERY

Tips to keep the pests at bay

  • Empty any water that has accumulated around the houses.
  • Clean gutters, dump potted plant trays and wheelbarrows out
  • Get rid of garden debris lying around
  • If you are going outdoors, make sure you wear protective clothing
  • Explore options like mosquito coils and burners
  • Use a recommended personal mosquito repellent that contains DEET.

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