Mosquito control

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.

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