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Lord Mayor targets mozzie menace

07 February, 2012

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today announced Council had re-commenced treatment spraying for mosquitoes in the wake of the ‘big wet’ and higher than normal tides.

The Lord Mayor said Council had conducted two aerial treatments over more than 3200 hectares of Brisbane’s tidal wetland areas so far this year. These areas include the Tinchi Tamba Wetlands, Boondall Wetlands, Brisbane Airport, Fisherman's Island, Wynnum North, Hemmant and Tingalpa Creek.

“Mosquitoes are not only a menace but they can also pose a health risk to residents which is why I am spending more than $3.2 million targeting mosquito breeding hotspots around the city this year,” he said.

“We treat more than 3,000 known freshwater and saltmarsh mosquito breeding locations throughout the city using quad bikes and spray trucks and undertake regular patrols of Brisbane’s wetland areas to monitor any mosquito activity all year round.

“In addition to the groundwork, we’ve conducted six aerial treatments over more than 8,000 hectares of known mosquito breeding areas since 1 November last year”.

In an average year, more than 20,000 hectares of coastal saltmarsh land can be treated by helicopters.

Cr Quirk said Brisbane was also the only Council in Australia to employ a medical entomologist to deal specifically with the threat of disease from insects.

“Mike Muller and his team provide expert advice to Council on mosquito and other insect control as well as constantly monitor mosquito light traps set up across the city.”

The Lord Mayor said that while Council control programs dealt with public land such as roadside drains, parks and reserves, he was calling on residents help target breeding grounds on private land.

“Mosquitoes breed in stored water, so if residents do their bit to remove any unsealed containers currently holding water they’ll be helping to stop the breeding cycle,” Cr Quirk said.

“It can be as simple as replacing pet drinking bowls with fresh water or emptying pot plant bases more regularly, every little bit helps.”

Some simple tips residents can follow to minimise mosquito breeding are:
• Limit your time in mosquito areas, especially around dawn and dusk
• Wear loose fitting light coloured clothing that covers you up
• Use mosquito nets and screens if your house is in a problem area
• Use repellents
• Tip out excess water from plant saucers every week or fill them with sand
• Replace water in bird baths and pet drinking bowls every week
• If you store water in containers, make sure they are securely screened

For more information visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone 3403 8888.

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