This year’s mosquito season seems to be exceptionally worse than previous seasons.
In the last week we have noticed a huge increase in mosquito populations in areas not typically associated with high levels of mosquito breeding, along with much larger-than-normal numbers in areas where breeding is known to occur.
Council does have an ongoing mosquito control program in place that treats problem breeding areas on a regular basis, however the unpredictable weather patterns and unseasonal heavy rainfall as of late have generated much more sporadic breeding in locations which it would not typically occur.
We are currently in the process of investigating all the reports received and arranging treatments where possible. Unfortunately mosquitoes are an established pest within the Australian ecosystem and will never be completely eliminated, however, a coordinated response by Council and residents will help significantly reduce the nuisance and health risks they present to the community.
Mosquito eggs require still, stagnant water to complete their breeding cycle, with common potential mosquito breeding locations in and around the home and workplace including rainwater tanks, blocked gutters, unmaintained water features, ponds, pools, rainwater tanks, pet water bowls, car tyres, car bodies and general pooling of water on uneven surfaces.
Please take a moment to undertake a quick assessment around your own home; if you are unable to complete this assessment yourself Council may be able to assist you.