A major mozzie fogging operation targeting mosquito larvae is underway across the Gold Coast after swarms of the pest descended on the city following recent high tides.
Several suburbs, predominately on the northern Gold Coast, have been inundated with mosquitoes which are terrorising residents who are unable to even open their doors or step outside without being bitten.
Thankfully Gold Coast City Council has come to the rescue and will be taking to the skies with aerial spraying in the hopes of getting on top of the problem.
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“Recent high tides have produced ideal breeding conditions,” Deputy Mayor Donna Gates said.
“Right now, we are hitting the larvae hard.
“The focus is the city’s north-eastern saltmarsh and mangrove areas”.
They include Arundel, Coombabah, Coomera Waters, Pimpama, Jacobs Well, Rocky Point, Helensvale, Hope Island, Oyster Cove, Coombabah Lakelands and The Bay Islands.
“On-ground surveillance for mosquito larvae completed this week confirmed we needed to implement aerial treatment,” Deputy Mayor Gates said.
“This is underway now between 7am and 6pm”.
“I encourage residents to contact their local councillor with any specific concerns regarding mosquitoes.’”
In the meantime, locals are being urged to make sure there’s no water lying around which can be used as breeding sites and to cover up and use mosquito repellent.