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Council manages mozzies after rain and king tides

22 January, 2015

Brisbane City Council has responded immediately to recent rain and tidal events with large-scale aerial sprays of known saltmarsh mosquito breeding sites.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said saltmarsh mosquitoes were currently hatching after high tides that started on Tuesday, but Council was responding with aerial and ground sprays to manage mosquito populations.

“Council has been on the front foot to respond to these king tides, with our mosquito management team starting an aerial treatment of 2,000 hectares of saltmarsh breeding sites by helicopter yesterday, which will continue today,” Cr Quirk said.

“The most effective time to manage mosquitoes is in the days after hatching, before the larvae develop into adults seven days after rainfall or high tides.”

Council’s program targets specific areas where breeding and egg laying occurs and is designed to disrupt the mosquito life cycle by targeting larvae so they don’t have the chance to mature, thus reducing the risk of spreading mosquito-borne disease.

Cr Quirk said all 3,000 known breeding sites from Tinchi Tamba at Bald Hills in the north to Tingalpa Creek in the south were being treated – and Council’s quad bike and spray truck teams were conducting additional ground sprays.

“So far this financial year Council has already completed 10 major aerial mosquito spraying operations in tidal saltmarshes from Brighton to Tingalpa, covering more than 11,500 hectares,” he said.

“Council spends approximately $3.5 million each year on mosquito management and this amount is supplemented when necessary to respond to weather events.

“While Council’s mosquito management program operates for 52 weeks a year to control mosquitoes breeding on public land throughout Brisbane, I encourage residents to play their part in reducing the availability of breeding areas by preparing our homes.”

Residents can help eliminate mosquito breeding sites in backyards by:
• emptying water from pot plant bases every week or fill the bases with sand
• filling self-watering pot cavities with sand or covering the watering hole
• removing or covering all other items and containers that hold water
• draining and covering boats and canoes
• effectively screening rainwater tanks
• always putting screens back in place after removal
• keeping your swimming pool chlorinated
• trimming trees and clearing leaves from roof gutters to prevent pooling and reduce blocked screens.

For more information on Council’s mosquito management program, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.



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