Mosquitoes transmit disease and are a nuisance to the Redlands community. The mosquitoes that transmit diseases such as Ross River or Barmah Forest viruses are endemic to South East Queensland. For this reason Council’s mosquito management program targets the mosquitoes that transmit these diseases.
Council's role in mosquito management
Redland City Council is committed to delivering a year round, best practice mosquito management program that is safe for the environment and for residents to manage mosquito numbers in the Redlands.
Council conducts regular ground and aerial treatments for mosquitoes. These treatments target the newly hatched larvae (wrigglers) of specific mosquito species before they can fly. Council currently treats many sites across the Redlands including coastal and wetland habitat, in response to tidal inundation or rainfall events. Regular light trapping for adult mosquitoes is also undertaken throughout the Redlands to monitor the prevalence of adult mosquitoes and to determine the type of mosquito species.
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.
The Queensland Government’s Metro South Health Unit has recently introduced the Zika Mozzie Seeker project. The mosquito monitoring project involves community participation in setting up backyard mosquito egg traps to collect mosquito eggs for DNA testing. For further information on the Zika Mozzie Seeker project or to register your interest please view the Metro South Health Zika Mozzie Seeker webpage.
For more information on mosquitoes, latest technologies and control programs across southeast Queensland, visit the Queensland Institute of Medical Research Berghofer website.