Mozzies are on move

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It is that time of year and the mozzies are coming out to play. With recent rainfall, residents in the Rockhampton Region may start to notice an increase in mosquito activity.

Planning and Regulation Councillor Grant Mathers said we need to be mindful that some species of mosquito have the potential to carry diseases such as Dengue and Ross River Fever.

“Council has ongoing mosquito control programs right across our Region, but we are encouraging residents to assist in keeping mosquitoes at bay by following a number of simple measures,” said Cr Mathers said.

“Reduce your risk of being bitten by limiting your time outside the home around dusk and dawn, which is the peak activity period for most mosquito species.

“Some species will still bite during the day and at night so whenever you are outside ensure you use insect repellent and wear loose fitting and lightly coloured protective clothing, as mosquitoes can bite through tight clothing and are attracted to dark colours.

“And remember – mosquitoes need water to continue their lifecycle, no water – no mosquitoes!”

Residents can reduce mosquitoes around their home by:

• Inspecting your house and yard and removing any accumulation of water;

• Empty pot plant bases weekly or fill the base with sand to absorb water;

• Wash out bromeliads and other water-holding plants weekly;

• Clean out roof gutters regularly and trim back trees which can block gutters;

• Ensure rainwater tanks are screened;

• Maintain swimming pools;

• Wash out birdbaths and ornamental pools weekly; and

• Ensure ponds are stocked with suitable native fish.

What you can do to protect yourself:

• Screen all windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes coming inside;

• While outside wear long sleeved, loose-fitting clothing;

• Use insect repellent;

• If you live in an unscreened house or are camping, sleep under a mosquito net; and

• Air-conditioning, fans and mosquito coils are also effective in protecting you from mosquitoes.

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