The prevalence of mosquitoes in the Bundaberg area necessitates a concerted effort by residents in conjunction with the Council to minimize the risks associated with mosquito-borne infections.
Mosquitoes live and breed in different environments.
Some live and breed in containers with water around your house and yard, while others are found in salt marshes or freshwater pools in the natural environment.
Check out these Council tips on how you can prevent mosquito breeding around your home:
- Check playground equipment and garden toys.
- Check rainwater tanks. Unprotected tanks or damaged screens allow female mosquitoes to enter and lay eggs inside the tank.
- Regularly check the gutters to remove any accumulated debris, such as leaves.
- Any item that retains water for an extended period will provide a mosquito breeding site. Once a week, empty, dry and clean all objects capable of retaining water, or store them away or dispose of them, as appropriate.
You can protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites by:
- Apply an insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Wear long, loose, light-colored clothing, especially if you’re out at dawn or dusk.
- Use of surface insecticide, mosquito coils or plug-in insecticidal devices indoors.
- Repair defective screens or install new screens, if possible.
- Use mosquito nets, if available.
- Contact a licensed pest control technician regarding barrier spraying of the house and screens.
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