The mosquito Aedes aegypti is a vector for dengue fever. This species commonly breeds in artificial and natural containers. Examples of artificial containers include pot plants, saucers and tyres; natural containers include bromeliads, tree axils and discarded palm fronds. Council’s Vector Control Unit regularly inspects properties for the purpose of identifying Aedes aegypti and informing the public on how to control this species. If Aedes aegypti is identified on private property Council may instruct the property owner/tenant to undertake control. Although dengue fever has not been diagnosed widely in Central Queensland, Aedes aegypti has been found in the Livingstone Shire area.
As Council does not treat individual homes, it is important that residents reduce the number of mosquitoes and potential mosquito breeding sites by:
Removing water and wiping containers, such as pot plant saucers and animals’ water containers, with a clean cloth every four days. Put the used cloth into the rubbish.
Filling pot plant bases with sand or pebbles.
Removing containers that could hold water – e.g. tyres.
Keeping gutters clean and in good repair to prevent the pooling of water.
Keeping ponds stocked with fish.
Ensuring swimming pools are effectively chlorinated.
Capping brick walls made of Besser and other cavity bricks to prevent water pooling.
Overturning boats, canoes and dinghies or have drain plugs removed to avoid them holding water.
Residents can reduce the risk of disease from mosquitoes by:
Wearing light-coloured protective clothing – e.g. loose-fitting long sleeve shirts and pants.
Limiting the time spent outdoors around dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
Using mosquito nets, mosquito coils, personal repellents and ceiling fans.