Walk the mossie talk
  • Wednesday 13 February 2013

That’s the catch cry from Sunshine Coast Council in order to prevent mosquitoes breeding following the recent inclement weather across the region.

Pest and Vector Control Coordinator, Keith Salisbury said there is an increased risk of fertile breeding sites developing in and around residences due to the wet weather over the previous fortnight.

“Residential properties have been shown to be significant mosquito breeding sites, particularly during summer,” Mr Salisbury said.

“With the long dry spell ended on the Australia Day weekend, we need to get a message out to all residents about the need to be vigilant about mossie breeding in and around properties.

“I checked my property on the weekend and eliminated some breeding sites within a few minutes.

“Householders should build in an easy-to-follow mini mossie breeding survey into their weekly house/yard maintenance routine.

“Given mosquitoes are capable of transmitting debilitating diseases such as Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus, regular simple household actions to reduce or eliminate their breeding should be taken seriously.”

Here are some simple tips to reduce mosquito breeding around your home:

  • Check places out of sight where they may be breeding e.g. roof guttering, where shallow pools can collect
  • Repair roof guttering and remove leaves & debris regularly
  • Remove overhanging vegetation
  • Empty pot plant dishes, car tyre and other containers at least once a week
  • Place sand around pot plant bases or store the bases for the season
  • Keep fish ponds stocked with fish
  • Keep swimming pools chlorinated
  • Cap cavity brick walls to prevent water pooling
    Drill holes in tyres used for swings and garden surrounds to allow water to drain
  • Ensure rainwater tanks are well maintained and that intake and outlet points are screened with mesh of 1 mm or less
  • Fit screens to windows and doors.

These actions will not fix the problem overnight but will have an impact over a week or more.

Personal Protection

  • When mosquitoes are present, spray dark areas before dusk and after securing screens
  • Wear protective clothing outdoors (long pants and sleeves)
  • Explore options such as mosquito coils and burners when outdoors
  • Use a recommended personal mosquito repellent.

For further information and advice, contact council on 5475 7272.