Get rid of water to avoid mozzies

GYMPIE region residents have been asked to help prevent the spread of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases after the recent flood and wet weather.

Gympie Regional Council health and environment councillor Wayne Sachs said yesterday one of the best things people can do is empty containers of water on their properties.

"To help stop mosquitoes breeding in the first place, people should empty filled containers and other collections of water that may have formed around their yard or property," Cr Sachs said.

Common mosquito breeding sites include pot plant bases, tyres, tarpaulins, palm fronds, bromeliads and other water-holding vegetation, buckets, tin cans and plastic containers, boats, roof gutters if blocked by leaf debris, bird baths and pet water dishes.

"Rainwater tanks can also be a source of mosquito breeding, so people should also check the mosquito screens and flap valves on rainwater tanks and make any necessary repairs," Cr Sachs said.

People should:

  • wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing
  • use flying insect spray
  • use mosquito coils or plug-in insecticide mats
  • repair defective insect screens.
Gympie Times


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