Do your bit to beat the mozzies

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

AS if they haven’t been through enough, cy­clone bat­tered Whit­sun­day res­i­dents are now fac­ing a mos­quito in­va­sion.

Whit­sun­day res­i­dents, many of whom have lost their homes and liveli­hoods, are now fac­ing an­other chal­lenge with an in­flux of mos­qui­toes ex­pected over the com­ing weeks fol­low­ing the heavy rains of ex-Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil said the rains and still waters caused by Cy­clone Deb­bie had cre­ated favourable con­di­tions for breed­ing mozzies across the re­gion.

Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor An­drew Will­cox said prepa­ra­tion was the most im­por­tant step to avoid­ing in­sect bites and breed­ing mos­qui­toes.

“As we all know, mozzies are at their worst at dawn and dusk, so please min­imise work­ing out­doors dur­ing these times,” Cr Will­cox said.

“Wear­ing in­sect re­pel­lent and long sleeves when out­doors will also help

■ Re­move un­used con­tain­ers, such as old tyres and tins;

■ Screen open­ings on rain­wa­ter tanks;

■ Cover open­ings on wells and sep­tic tanks;

■ Clean out bird baths and pet wa­ter bowls every four days by wip­ing with a clean cloth and dis­pos­ing the cloth into the bin;

■ Fill pot plant bases with sand;

■ En­sure all wa­ter can drain from boats or store un­der cover; and

■ Clean out gut­ters and drains around the house.

re­duce the num­ber of bites.”

“Coun­cil is mon­i­tor­ing a num­ber of iden­ti­fied sites across the whole re­gion, and

is work­ing with Queens­land Health to im­ple­ment a Mos­quito Re­sponse Plan,” he said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TAKE AC­TION: Whit­sun­day res­i­dents are urged to look out for mos­quito breed­ing spots fol­low­ing re­cent weather con­di­tions.

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