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Council moves to combat mozzies and black flies

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Chemical fogging will begin in flood-affected locations with the Balonne Shire to combat mosquitoes and black flies as the water recedes in the Shire’s towns.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Michelle Clarke said the timing of the spraying would depend on any further rainfall and river levels.

“Our team has been in contact with all the high-risk locations, hospitals, schools, aged and childcare facilities to advise them of the fogging,” she said.

“Weather permitting fogging is scheduled to begin in St George on Thursday.

“We are advising residents with beehives or fish tanks or ponds to cover those areas during Council’s fogging program.

“The chemical being used by Council is environmentally friendly, however it is highly toxic to bees and fish.”

Mrs Clarke has asked residents to be patient as this program progresses through the shire.

“The fogging program will include St George, Bollon, Dirranbandi, Thallon and Hebel,” she said.

“The spraying will be carried out early in the morning and in the evenings when mosquitoes and black flies are most active.

“The best time for our teams to spray is five days after the water has stopped flowing.

“Anyone with respiratory problems or elderly residents are advised to stay indoors when the fogging is carried out.”

You can read more about the chemical being used here.

Council recommends that members of the community use personal protection to reduce the risk of you and your family getting bitten by mosquitoes or black flies.  There are several simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of being bitten:

  • Wear insect repellent containing DEET whenever mosquitoes/black flies are present
  • Wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing
  • Use flying insect spray to kill any mosquitoes in rooms
  • Use mosquito coils
  • Use bed nets, if available
  • Repair ripped or damaged insect screens.

For further information or any enquiries regarding the fogging program please contact Council on (07) 4620 8888.

 

Published: 3rd March 2020

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