Council Treating Mosquito-Prone Areas Following Heavy Rains

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Council Treating Mosquito-Prone Areas Following Heavy Rains

Council crews are out in force treating mosquito-prone areas after the heavy rainfalls.

With heavy rain falling across the region over the last week, larval hatchings have been detected in almost all of the region’s known mosquito breeding sites.

Community Health and Environment Committee Chair Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said it was vital to respond quickly after large rain events.

“It’s wonderful to see that we’re getting the much-needed rain, but it does mean that we have to act fast to make sure that we control the mosquitos before they become a problem,” Cr Greaney said.

Cr Greaney said it was a timely reminder for residents to be vigilant about protecting themselves from mosquitos and preventing them from breeding around their homes.

“There is still a chance that there are some adult mosquitos around - especially in coastal areas and at dawn or dusk - so it’s important for people to protect themselves with things like long sleeves and insect repellent,” Cr Greaney said.

“I’d also urge people to check their backyards for any items that hold water and empty them to prevent the spread of dengue mosquitos in particular.”