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Aerial mozzie treatments respond to rain and tides

28 October, 2016

Aerial mozzie treatments respond to rain and tides
Brisbane City Council will tomorrow continue its proactive response to weather conditions with aerial mosquito management sprays over Brisbane’s saltmarsh wetlands.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council would conduct aerial mosquito sprays over 1500 hectares of known saltmarsh mosquito breeding sites tomorrow, in response to high tides this week.

Suburbs targeted with sprays today include: north-eastern suburbs of Tinchi Tamba, Brisbane Airport, Wynnum North, Murarrie, Hemmant, Fisherman Island and Tingalpa Creek.

“Our comprehensive mosquito management program is carried out by entomological scientists, so the program is as effective as possible in tackling mosquitoes,” Cr Quirk said.

“Council’s program targets areas where breeding and egg laying occurs and disrupts the mosquito life cycle so larvae don’t have the chance to mature.”

Council monitors around 3,000 known breeding sites from Tinchi Tamba at Bald Hills in the north to Tingalpa Creek and uses quad bike and spray truck teams targeted sites where aerial sprays are not suitable.

“Council conducted the first aerial spray of the season in August, covering 1,525 hectares of public land,” he said.

“With weather forecasts suggesting a wetter than average summer, Council will continue to proactively manage mosquito breeding sites on public land, with aerial and ground sprays throughout the entire season.

“Sprays are most effective conducted between three and seven days after rain or high tides activate mosquito larvae in breeding areas.”

Cr Quirk said residents can help reduce the availability of mosquito breeding areas with some simple steps:
• 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
• keeping swimming pools 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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