Mos­qui­toes buzzing in

Bur­nett bugged by rise in pests

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

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

PHOTO: ANEST

OUCH: Mos­qui­toes are buzzing around the re­gion in Mundubbera.

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