Zapping the mozzie population
“GEE, they’re big this year!” “Like small birds.” The talk of mosquitoes around town – and the size of their muscles – has been rife this spring, with many in the region alarmed by their size and ferocity.
Childers pestman Stephen George confirmed he had been busy with the buzzy buggers.
“We’ve had quite a few calls regarding mozzies and hearing a lot in general around town,” he said.
“Midgies have been bad as well.”
Right now is already prime mozzie season, he said, with heat and moisture combining to make it seem worse this year.
“We have had a wetter winter than normal, so there may have been more moisture around,” he said.
“There were also early spring rains.
“They may have bred a bit earlier and quicker.”
Mr George said people needed to be more proactive in stopping the pests.
“Some people are saying they can’t do anything, but you’ve got to start somewhere,” he said. “Have a bit of a program. “Keep all water containers away from your house, spray your pot plants, keep your gutters and drains clear.
“It’s important to keep the water moving so it doesn’t hang around.”
Bodies of water from ponds to dams also heighten the risk and putting fish in them helps reduce larvae, Mr George said.
“Mozzies can travel a very long way – at least 60km – which puts Woodgate in range for the Childers area,” he said.
“That could mean we get saltwater mozzies from marshy areas in Childers.
“There are more than 200 species in Queensland alone.”
Mosquitoes love to breed in heavy vegetation areas.
Mulch and soil can also be a haven for midges around gardens, Mr George said.
“People with nice gardens have a problem.”
“I’ve got two or three customers in Childers with nice tropical-type gardens and they’ve been getting plagued with them.
“We treat them about once a month and that reduces the problem but you’ll never get rid of the problem entirely.
“We spray mulch and garden foliage; we don’t spray flowers because we don’t want to harm bees.”
Reducing mosquito breeding sites is crucial and everyone should do their bit, he said.
“Get in early and do preventative treatments.
“The more people who do, the better.
“A lot of people sit back on their hands and complain and do nothing about it.
“It’s like trying to kill weeds – if you sit back and do nothing they take over.”
The warm weather is also bringing in more creepy crawlies – including spiders, cockroaches and termites.
Mozzies have been the talk of the town.