Council target mosquito breeding

MOSQUITO numbers seem to be increasing in the southern and northern ends of the Gold Coast.

City of Gold Coast says they’ll target the rising numbers in a treatment program covering more than 1800 kilometres.

Mayor Tom Tate said heavy rains and high tides had seen a surge in mosquito breeding.


“Tugun, Kirra and Currumbin along with the suburbs north of Nerang are likely to be affected. We are targeting those areas with misting treatments from now until Christmas,” he said.

“These treatments are part of our ongoing control program to keep the number of Ross River incidences down and ensure our outdoor lifestyle isn’t impacted by mosquitoes.”

Mayor Tom Tate added pest management was everyone’s responsibility.

“As a precaution, we recommend residents in the affected areas apply mosquito repellent frequently when outdoors and everyone should be taking steps to remove breeding sites from around their homes,” he said.

Residents have an important role to play in helping eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites by emptying containers and other receptacles filled with stagnant water.

What residents can do:

  • Remove all pot plant bases or alternatively empty them weekly
  • Ensure gutters are not blocked and are free of leaves
  • Screen all openings on rainwater tanks
  • Ensure absorption trenches and septic tanks are covered
  • Keep ponds and dams stocked with fish
  • Empty bird baths and pet bowls regularly
  • Keep swimming pools chlorinated

The City carries out an average of 11 aerial treatments of saltmarsh mosquito breeding areas each year. This is in addition to regular monitoring of the city’s freshwater sites, parks, drains, open areas and creeks.

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