Balonne Shire Council is encouraging all residents to make their homes and gardens a mosquito free zone this summer by taking some simple and practical steps
Five tips to help make your home a mozzie free zone:
· Tip it – Tip out water from plastic containers, tarpaulins and palm fronds.
· Check it – Remove leaves from gutters, ensure rainwater tanks and water storage containers are screened, maintain your pool water, keep ponds stocked with fish, clean and scrub bird baths. Check pet watering dishes, flower pots and striking buckets at least once a week. Either empty water from pot plant bases or fill the base with sand.
· Store it - Store anything that can hold water under cover, including tyres, gardening equipment, toys, buckets, trailers, old appliances or boats.
· Throw it – Throw out any rubbish lying around, including old palm fronds, unused containers and tyres.
· Protection – Traditionally, mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, although some species bite throughout the day. Apply repellents containing DEET or picaridin. Use mosquito netting over infant carriers, cribs and strollers. Install or repair window and door screens to keep mosquitos out. Mosquitos like to rest in dark places, so wear light clothing, long sleeves, pants, socks and shoes when mosquitos are most active.
Small amounts of water can breed large numbers of mosquitoes under the right conditions. Contact us if you have concerns about mosquitoes and their breeding areas.
At their peak September to May, however breeding does occur all year round.
- Use repellent containing DEET if you are outside.
- Wear long sleeve shirts and trousers, light colours are best.
- Check around the home for any containers holding water and empty them.
- Check items such as BBQ covers which may be holding water.
Around the house
- Spray screens with residual products.
- Increase light and air movement around dark and damp areas.
- Outdoor areas can be treated 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 frequently.
- 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.
Mosquitoes and rainwater tanks
Rainwater tanks can provide ideal conditions for mosquitoes and midges to breed. A hole the size of a matchstick end will allow mosquitoes into the tank and the opportunity for thousands of larvae to develop.
Tanks must be checked on a regular basis. Checks should include the screens on every opening, such as the overflow. Other containers used to hold rainwater, such as drums or movable tanks, will also provide ideal mosquito breeding locations. Any holes must be fitted with mosquito-proof screens.
How we protect the community
Surveillance of domestic-container breeding mosquito species in towns. In some isntances we may mass spray tabledrain areas for mozzies, such as after significant rain or floods.