Be aware of risks mosquitoes pose
Residents urged to be vigilant about pest infestation
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.