Council targets mosquito breeding sites after rain

Date published: 23 February 2018

Council crews are out in force treating mosquito-prone areas after the heavy rainfalls this week.

With heavy rain falling across the region over the last week, larval hatchings have been detected in almost all of the region’s known mosquito breeding sites.

Community Health and Environment Committee Chair Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said it was vital to respond quickly after large rain events.

“It’s wonderful to see that we’re getting the much-needed rain, but it does mean that we have to act fast to make sure that we control the mosquitos before they become a problem,” Cr Greaney said.

Ground treatment began earlier this week and continues today on most sites, while aerial treatments in larger areas such as the Town Common, Northern Beaches and Cungulla are planned for next week, weather permitting.

High tides starting on Monday 26 February and continuing through the week could see breeding spike again. Further ground treatments are scheduled next week in response.

Cr Greaney said it was a timely reminder for residents to be vigilant about protecting themselves from mosquitoes and preventing them from breeding around their homes.

“There is still a chance that there are some adult mosquitoes around - especially in coastal areas and at dawn or dusk - so it’s important for people to protect themselves with things like long sleeves and insect repellent,” Cr Greaney said.

“I’d also urge people to check their backyards for any items that hold water and empty them to prevent the spread of dengue mosquitoes in particular.”

Visit our Mosquitoes webpage for tips and tricks on controlling mosquitoes in your home and yard.