RESIDENTS are being warned to prepare for a possible mosquito invasion following recent rains and widespread flooding.
Unprecedented amounts of water have pooled in paddocks and filled containers around homes, providing a perfect breeding habitat for mosquitoes.
Residents are being asked to do their bit to reduce the impact by taking some simple precautions around their homes.
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“We are likely to see mosquitos in massive numbers after this flood and the bites are not just annoying, they have the potential to pass on serious diseases such as Barmah Forrest and Ross River Fever,” said Tweed Shire Council’s Manager Building and Environmental Health David McNicoll.
“Council will continue to carry out mosquito larvae control works in key breeding areas and is contracting outside assistance after local air-spraying aircraft were lost in the floods.
“An important message that we would like to send out to the community is that some mosquito species breed in water-filled containers around your home, such as buckets, old tyres, pot plant holders or poorly aligned or blocked roof gutters.
“It is very important that you don’t let your home be a haven for mosquitoes and their larvae.”
What you can do:
- Keep indoors at dawn and dusk and wear long sleeve shirts and insect repellent if the mosquitoes are active.
- Ensure you cover all windows, doors, chimneys, vents and other entrances with insect screens that are in good condition.
- Keep your yard well-maintained, mow lawns regularly, and limit areas of dense vegetation.
- Clean up your yard and remove all water holding containers or rubbish and keep house gutters clean and properly aligned.
- Empty and refill pet water bowls and bird baths at least weekly.
- Ensure all openings to water tanks and septic tanks are screened securely.
- Place sand or fine gravel in pot plant trays, or flush them out weekly.
- Keep ornamental ponds stocked with native fish species that will feed on larvae.