Moreton Bay Regional Council’s mosquito management program is continuing to monitor and treat mosquitos over the Christmas/ New Year holiday period to help keep their numbers as low as possible.
The effectiveness of council’s treatment program is dependent on environmental factors including favourable tides, wind conditions and rain, and is often coordinated with treatments occurring in neighbouring local government areas.
Mosquitos are mostly active in South East Queensland during the warmer months from September to April.
To provide feedback to council on mosquitoes in your local area, or for more information regarding council’s ongoing mosquito management program,please use the link below:
Types of mosquitos
South East Queensland is home to three types of mosquito including:
1. Saltmarsh mosquito - Aedes vigilax
Saltmarsh mosquitos hatch in the intertidal and mangrove areas of the Moreton Bay Region including Hays Inlet, Griffin, Mango Hill, Beachmere and Bribie Island.
Salt Marsh Treatment Areas
2. Freshwater mosquito - Culex annulirostris
Freshwater mosquitoes breed in water that has pooled beside roads, in reserves, parks and residents’ yards after a rain event.
Fresh Water Treatment Area
3. Container breeder - Aedes notoscripts
Container breeding mosquitos can be active during the day or night and prefer shaded areas around homes. They breed in containers holding rainwater including plant saucers, tyres buckets, water tanks and blocked gutters.
Containers around the house that breed mosquitos
Council's Vector Management Program
Council uses a helicopter to treat the region's intertidal and mangrove areas, targeting saltmarsh mosquito larvae which usually develop after rain or a tide higher than 2.45 metres. Aerial treatments are often planned to coincide with predicted tide events, although the effectiveness of helicopter treatments for saltmarsh mosquito larvae can be affected by wind and follow up rain.
Fogging and barrier treatments
Fogging and barrier treatments are used in public areas such as reserves, parks and roadsides where rainwater has pooled, and target adult freshwater mosquitos and larvae.
How residents can reduce mosquitos
Residents can help reduce mosquito numbers by:
- Emptying any containers around the home that may contain rainwater such plant
saucers, tyres, buckets, and clearing blocked gutters
- Changing the water in bird baths and pet bowls regularly
- Keeping your swimming pool chlorinated
- Creating a frog-friendly garden, stocking ornamental ponds and water features with fish
- Mosquito treatments are available from most hardware outlets for residents wishing to treat pooled water on their own land
- Residents should also consider applying insect repellent if outdoors at dawn or dusk
Rainwater tanks can provide ideal conditions for mosquitos and midges to breed. A gap the size of a matchstick head is enough to let mosquitos and thousands of their larvae into your rainwater tank. Where possible, gaps should be covered with mosquito-proof screen or netting.
For more information about Moreton Bay Regional Council's
Vector Management Program contact Council.