Mosquitoes buzzing in
Burnett bugged by rise in pests
MOSQUITO numbers are on the rise in the North Burnett, an unfortunate result of recent rain in the area.
In Australia alone, there are more than 300 different species, with the Burnett region being home to a few, such as the Aedes Aegypti, also known as the Dengue mosquito.
Associate professor at the University of Queensland Nigel Beebe said it was difficult to say why mosquito nests had multiplied, especially after a torrential downpour.
“Usually after a torrential downpour it will help flush all the mosquitoes out and then after a few months the population will re-build,” A/Prof Beebe said.
“If there’s very little flows, some water could be stagnant and if they’re on the increase, mosquitoes must be preparing themselves.”
Multiple factors play a significant role in how mosquitoes populate.
“It depends very much on the landscape and how long the region has been in a drought and whether or not there is stagnant water,” A/Prof Beebe said.
“If the community received three weeks of rain, it would take a large population of mosquitoes in order to still be in the region.”
North Burnett Mayor Rachel Chambers said the council was working very hard to eradicate dangerous mosquitoes.
“Council is endeavouring to get the mosquitoes under control as best we can, but after such a rain event, they will be seeking out still water to breed and lay their babies in,” Cr Chambers said.
“Check under old tyres, animal watering troughs, containers and any other still body of water you can think of.
“Empty any still water that has collected around your property, use mosquito nets and coils and keep an eye on any bites that look like they could turn into something more.”
Cr Chambers recommended members of the community take preventative measures to deal with the pests.
Check under old tyres, animal watering troughs, containers and any otherstill body of water — Mayor Rachel Chambers
OUCH: Mosquitoes are buzzing around the region in Mundubbera.