MOSQUITO numbers could be dramatically reduced thanks to the combined efforts of staff from North Burnett and Bundaberg Regional Council and Queensland Health.
Officers are conducting house to house surveys and providing information to householders.
Greg Crisp of the Wide Bay Public Health Unit urged residents to empty and wipe out their animals’ water containers at least once a week.
“As it takes about seven days from egg to larvae to mosquito, emptying and wiping any larvae out of containers every few days is a great preventative measure,” Mr Crisp said.
While most mosquitoes are just an annoyance, cer- tain types can spread diseases to humans and animals.
The most common mosquito-borne diseases in Queensland are Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses but outbreaks of Dengue Fever have now been reported in the Wide Bay Burnett region.
Queensland Health officers are collecting, identifying and recording mosquito larvae this week.
North Burnett Regional Council has a legal requirement to prevent and control the public health risks associated with mosquitoes.
The last mosquito survey was done after the floods in 2011. At that time, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, known vectors of Dengue Fever, were found in all townships surveyed except Mt Perry.