The City has significantly increased spraying efforts to combat mosquitoes on the Gold Coast.
Crews attended Coomera Waters, Ormeau and Jacob’s Ridge yesterday with Arundel Hills, Parkwood and Coomera being targeted today.
Recent warm and wet weather has seen an increase of mosquitoes, particularly in northern suburbs.
The City is targeting known breeding hotspots with fogging machines operating on a daily basis.
“We are out there every day unless the weather makes it impractical,” said Mayor Tom Tate.
“Residents can greatly assist by minimising breeding locations in their gardens. Dispose of tins, jars, old tyres and anything that traps water.
“Regularly empty water containers such as flower vases, pot plant bases, buckets, bird baths and pet drinking bowls. We rely on community support to manage these pests.”
The City monitors known breeding locations and conducts control measures throughout the year.
“We have $2 million allocated towards the management of mosquitoes,” said Mayor Tate.
Control measures include targeted spraying, improved city-wide drainage programs and employing natural strategies such as placing native fish in known breeding lakes.
Currently more than 1000 sites are inspected every 10 business days. These sites can range in size from vases at a cemetery to a 50 hectare saltmarsh swamp.
The average size for an aerial treatment is approximately 2000 hectares.