Mosquitoes are a nuisance in the Redlands and can transmit disease to people and animals.
Council's role in mosquito control
Council monitors and controls mosquito breeding all year round using aerial and ground treatments that are safe for humans and the environment. These treatments target the newly hatched larvae of specific mosquito species before they can fly.
While treatments are very successful, it's impossible to find or treat all breeding locations. Mosquitoes can breed in as little as a bottle top of water.
Council works with Queensland Health, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, local councils and other relevant industry bodies to research and evaluate mosquito management practices and emerging mosquito issues.
You can protect yourself from mosquitoes by covering up; wearing light-coloured, long, loose-fitting clothing; and wearing insect repellent.
If mosquitoes are a problem in your area:
- avoid going outdoors during dawn and dusk
- use insect repellents (DEET or picaridin-based are most effective)
- maintain fly screens on windows and doors in your home
- use insect spray, mosquito coils or plug-in insecticide burners.
Reduce mosquito breeding
To reduce mosquitoes on and around your property, empty out unnecessary water where mosquitoes might breed and ensure rainwater tank screens are in good condition.
Common breeding areas include:
- pot plant bases
- fallen palm fronds
- unchlorinated swimming pools or ponds
- blocked roof gutters
- bird baths
- old tyres.
For more information on mosquitoes, latest technologies and control programs across southeast Queensland, visit the Queensland Institute of Medical Research Berghofer website.