Mosquitoes that breed around houses can transmit diseases such as Ross River Virus, Barmah Forest and Dengue Fever to humans, and heartworms to dogs.
Under the Public Health Regulation 2005, it is an offence to have mosquitoes breeding in water at a place and penalties may apply.
The North Burnett Region does have a number of different types of mosquitoes including the mosquito called Aedes aegypti which is also known as the Dengue Mosquito. This is a great concern and Council needs your help to eradicate this mosquito.
Stopping Mosquito Breeding is Everyone’s Business.
You can reduce the risk of your family being infected with dengue fever, Ross River Virus or Barmah Forest Virus just by eliminating mosquito breeding sites. These mosquitoes like to live and breed around people’s homes. The mosquito tends to hide under furniture and usually bites people indoors and during the day.
Council would like to encourage residents to scour their homes and gardens for things like buckets, old tyres, tin cans, toys, drains, gutters, plastic containers, fallen palm fronds, pot plant bases, vases, indoor plants and tip out the water and move or dispose of the items so they can’t fill up with water. Also, checking rain water tanks to ensure they have screens on them so the mossies can’t breed.
For further information please see Council’s website www.northburnett.qld.gov.au, contact Council’s Environmental Health staff on 1300 696 272 (1300 MY NBRC) or email Council.