Council launches pre-emptive strike against mozzies

Date published: 5 March 2018

Townsville City Council crews have begun a pre-emptive strike against mosquitoes after last week’s big wet.

Ground treatment has begun today in some of the city’s most notorious mosquito-breeding sites with more ground and air treatments scheduled over the coming days.

Council crews inspected known breeding sites for larval activity over the weekend.

Community Health and Environment Committee Chair Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said it was important to ensure that any mosquito breeding was controlled.

“Considering the amount of rain we’ve had in the last week there is a risk that there will be a spike in mosquito breeding,” Cr Greaney said.

“So we need to make sure that we stay on top of the treatment to make sure we prevent any further breeding to protect the community.”

Aerial treatments will be carried out tomorrow in larger areas like Town Common and the Northern Beaches.

An increase in adult mosquitoes has been detected in areas such as Pallarenda, Rowes Bay, North Ward, Belgian Gardens and parts of the northern beaches.

Cr Greaney said residents should be vigilant and take measures to protect themselves against mosquitoes.

“As North Queenslanders we’re well-versed in dealing with mosquitoes especially at this time of year, but sometimes we can become complacent,” she said.

“Residents should avoid peak biting times at dawn and dusk wherever possible and make sure they protect themselves with long sleeves and insect repellent.”

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