Small amounts of water can breed large numbers of mosquitoes if the conditions are right. Contact us if you have concerns about mosquitoes and their breeding areas.
The breeding season is at its peak from September to May, but breeding does happen all year round.
- Use repellent containing DEET if you are outside.
- Wear long sleeve shirts and trousers. Light colours are best.
- Check around your home for containers holding water and empty them.
- Check items such as BBQ covers which may be holding water.
- Spray screens with a deterrent.
- Increase light and air movement around dark and damp areas.
- Treat outdoor areas with products containing Bifenthrin for control over longer periods.
- Limit time outside around dawn and dusk.
- Reduce the amount of shrubbery around the house.
- Throw out containers in the yard that hold water (eg. tyres, tins, jars, etc).
- Change water in bird baths and pet bowls often.
- Clean roof gutters on a regular basis.
- Empty pot plant saucers every week or fill them with sand.
- Keep swimming pools clean and chlorinated.
- Keep ornamental ponds and fountains stocked with fish.
- Create a frog friendly garden.
Rainwater tanks can provide ideal conditions for mosquitoes and midges to breed. A tiny hole will allow mosquitoes into the tank and the chance for thousands of larvae to develop.
- Check tanks on a regular basis. Checks should include the screens on every opening, such as the overflow.
- Containers that hold rainwater, such as drums or mobile tanks are ideal mosquito breeding spots. Fit any holes with mosquito-proof screens.
See the Queensland Health website http://www.health.qld.gov.au/mozziediseases for information on mosquito diseases and alerts.