SLIP + SPRAY = NO ROSS RIVER FEVER

The recent floods and high tides and the warm weather have created ideal conditions that have increased the prevalence of mosquitoes in and around Bundaberg region homes.

Bundaberg Regional Council’s Health & Regulatory Services portfolio spokesperson, Cr. Wayne Honor said environmental officers had identified that a severe outbreak of Saltmarsh and Freshwater mosquitoes is imminent.

 “While not all mosquitoes bite humans, Council has identified a marked increase in a several mosquito species capable of transmitting diseases – such as Ross River Virus and Dog Heartworm,” said Cr. Honor.

“Reports from residents in Moore Park, Burnett Heads, Bargara and North Bundaberg indicate that mosquito numbers are on the increase. There will be large freshwater pods after the flooding which will breed mosquitoes in high numbers. “

“This mosquito can fly up to 20km from the breeding site and on strong winds travel even further. There are simple measures that can be employed to ensure some basic protection from all mosquitoes,” he said.

“Mosquitoes like to rest in shaded, leafy areas and are generally most active around dusk and dawn, but will bite at any time.”

Council is aware of the influx of mosquitoes and is striving to reduce the impact on the community. “When outside SLIP on loose light coloured clothing and SPRAY on a good insect repellent (containing DEET or picaridin) to reduce the SLAP and enjoy that great outdoors,” said Cr. Honor.

Tips:

  • Use      insect repellent and mosquito coils
  • At      home check screens on doors and windows and if you don’t have screens      sleep under a mosquito net.
  • Barrier      products are available that can kill adult mosquitoes. These can be used      on foliage and structures – contact your local pest control operator for      more information about this treatment.
  • Don’t      forget your pets – check that your dogs heartworm treatment is up to date.     

4.2.13                                                                                                      12.15pm

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