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Whitsunday residents need to be prepared for an influx of mosquitoes over the coming weeks, after the heavy rains of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
The rains and still waters caused by Cyclone Debbie have created favourable conditions for breeding mozzies across the region.
Residents are asked to help reduce mozzie numbers by tipping out any containers filled with water, remove ponding water in gutters, and checking inlets and overflows on rainwater tanks.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said preparation was the most important step to avoiding insect bites and breeding mosquitoes.
“As we all know, mozzies are at their worst at dawn and dusk, so please minimise working outdoors during these times,” he said.
“Wearing insect repellent and long sleeves when outdoors will also help reduce the number of insect bites.”
“Council is monitoring a number of identified sites across the whole region, and is working with Queensland Health to implement a Mosquito Response Plan.”
Some things that can be done to prevent mosquitos from breeding around the home include:
• Remove unused containers, such as old tyres and tins;• Screen openings on rainwater tanks;• Cover openings on wells and septic tanks;• Clean out bird baths and pet water bowls every four days by wiping with a clean cloth and disposing the cloth into the bin;• Fill pot plant bases with sand;• Ensure all water can drain from boats or store under cover; and• Clean out gutters and drains around the house.
For more information on mosquito control and prevention, contact Council on 07 4945 0200.