First comes rain … then comes the Sunshine Coast mosquito

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We’re all grateful for the recent rains, and by Christmas time everything looks fresh and green, but heavy rain followed by damp conditions unfortunately brings out the mosquitos.

Fight the little walkers at home by draining still water that has built up around the house after the rain. Clean out gutters, dump potted plant trays and wheelbarrows, remove any garden debris that might be lying around – all of these are places mosquitoes like to breed.

If you are going outdoors, make sure you wear protective clothing, explore options like mosquito coils and burners, and use a recommended personal mosquito repellent with DEET.

Maria Suarez, Councilor for the Environmental Portfolio, said the Sunshine Coast Council’s annual proactive mosquito control program had started as planned this season.

“Our first mosquito treatment of the season was on November 21st,” said Cr Suarez.

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

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

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

So far this 2020/21 season, two aerial mosquito control treatments have been carried out in the last four weeks. Further treatments are planned in the Maroochy River and Pumicestone Passage basins in the coming weeks to help reduce mosquito populations in urban areas.

The control products are approved and regulated by the Federal Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicine Authority. The products are aimed at breeding mosquito larvae in stagnant water before they become adults.

The council is not spraying private property for adult flying mosquitoes. The control program targets mosquito breeding sites in public areas and along waterways in order to significantly reduce the total number of sites created in these sites.

For more information, visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Environment/Invasive-plants-and-animals/Mosquitoes-and-Biting-Midges

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