Be aware of risks mos­qui­toes pose

Res­i­dents urged to be vig­i­lant about pest in­fes­ta­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery

THE North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil is ed­u­cat­ing res­i­dents on the dan­gers of mos­qui­toes and ways in which to com­bat their pres­ence.

Mos­qui­toes that breed around houses have the po­ten­tial to trans­mit dis­eases such as Ross River Virus, Bar­man For­est and Dengue Fever.

Gayn­dah res­i­dent Bill Mel­lor has been an out­spo­ken ad­vo­cate for ac­tion against mosquito breed­ing in Gayn­dah for some time now.

“Coun­cil has im­plored ratepay­ers to rid their prop­er­ties of mozzies but there is no point in do­ing that if they are still breed­ing near by,” Mr Mel­lor said.

Un­der the Pub­lic Health Reg­u­la­tions 2005 it’s an of­fence to have mos­qui­toes breed­ing in wa­ter with penal­ties be­ing en­forced.

“My wife and I have tried for over 12 months to get ac­tion on the mos­qui­toes breed­ing lo­ca­tions,” Mr Mel­lor said.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark Pitt said vec­tor con­trol was some­thing the coun­cil has fo­cused on qui­etly for some time now.

“We run that pretty much ev­ery year, vec­tor con­trol is very im­por­tant be­cause of the health risks as­so­ci­ated with cer­tain mos­qui­toes,” Mr Pitt said.

“It’s a pub­lic safety ini­tia­tive that we ac­tively en­gage in.”

Coun­cil is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to be aware of po­ten­tial risks with wa­ter pool­ing.

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