Jayce Morgan, 4, empties out his toy wheelbarrow of water to ensure it doesn’t become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Jayce Morgan, 4, empties out his toy wheelbarrow of water to ensure it doesn’t become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Claudia Baxter

NT experts to help control insects

MOSQUITO experts have come in from the Northern Territory to help the Ipswich City Council keep insect populations in check following recent rain and flooding.

Councillor Andrew Antoniolli said the Ipswich City Council was being proactive in trying to stop the pests with concerns the amount of water around the city would make ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

The council health committee chairman said entomologists from the Northern Territory and other council areas in Queensland had been brought in to help identify any dangerous breeds of mosquitoes.

Cr Antoniolli said Ipswich had taken considerable steps in flood zones in a bid to reduce mosquito breeding sites.

“We conducted fogging operations thanks to members of the army who helped over the weekend and into yesterday,” Mr Antoniolli said.

Fogging is defined as clouding water vapour close to a surface.

He said the entomologists had identified only the larvae of a type of freshwater breeding mosquito and these were at manageable levels.

“We’ve also had help from the Sunshine Coast, Redlands Shire and Gold Coast councils and Queensland Health in helping survey areas of concern,” he said.

“Mosquitoes can bring diseases so we’ve brought in these reinforcements to help us keep on top of it.”

Cr Antoniolli said larvae monitoring would continue throughout the breeding season.

He said Ipswich residents could help the cause by emptying any water from their houses and containers in yards after months of rain and recent floods.

“However, householders should remain vigilant by tossing out water from containers in their backyards where mosquitoes could breed,” he said.

“This is where the small black mosquitoes which bite extremely hard tend to breed.”

To avoid being bitten, people should wear long trousers, long-sleeved shirts and insect repellent when outside throughout the summer season.

Common household mosquito breeding areas:

Pot plant bases

Tyres

Tarpaulins

Palm fronds

Buckets

Tin cans

Roof gutters

Source: Queensland Health



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