Mosquitoes

This short video will provide you with some simple tips for reducing mosquito breeding in and around your house.

Mosquitoes live and breed in different environments. Some live and breed in containers holding water around your house and yard while others are found in salt marshes or freshwater pools in the natural environment.

Some types of mosquitoes can spread disease to humans and animals while others are just a nuisance. The most common mosquito-borne diseases in Queensland are due to Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses.

Some mosquitoes that breed around your house and yard can give your dog heart worm. So by stopping mosquitoes from breeding you will protect your family and pets.

Householders play an important role in reducing mosquito breeding in and around their house and yard.  

Tips for preventing mosquito breeding:
  • Check playground equipment. Tyre swings can hold water and are a favoured breeding site for mosquitoes. It is recommended to drill holes in the bottom of the tyre so water drains out.
  • Check rainwater tanks. Unscreened tanks or damaged screens enable female mosquitoes to enter and lay eggs inside the tank.
  • Plastic and tarps can hold water in the many small pockets of folded plastic. It is recommended to remove and store under cover or treat tarp with cockroach surface spray every three months.
  • Check roof guttering on a regular basis to remove all accumulated debris, such as leaves.
  • Rubbish items, buckets and containers. Any item that holds water for an extended period will provide a mosquito breeding site. Empty, dry and clean any items capable of holding water once a week, or store it under cover, or dispose of it, as appropriate. Pot plant bases should be filled with sand to prevent mosquito breeding. 

Aedes aegypti has been found in Gin Gin. This mosquito has the ability to transmit Dengue Fever, but only if it bites someone who is currently suffering from the disease.  As this mosquito breeds predominately in domestic containers, breeding sites can be easily removed by following the steps above.

Protecting yourself - if you don't get bitten you won't get sick. 

You can protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites by:
  • Applying insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin in accordance with manafacturer's recommendations
  • Wearing long, loose, light coloured clothing - especially if you are outside at dawn or dusk.
  • Using insect surface spray, mosquito coils or plug-in insecticide devices indoors
  • Repairing defective insect screens or fitting new screens, where possible
  • Using bed nets, when applicable

Personal insect repellents containing DEET or picaridin are more effective than other repellents, depending on the concentration.  Repellents containing picaridin or less than 10 per cent DEET are considered safe for children.  However, the use of topical repellents is not recommended for infants under three months of age. 

It is best to use physical barriers such as nets on prams and cots to protect infants younger than three months old.  Children should not apply repellent themselves. Repellents should be applied to the hands of a carer first, and then applied evently to the child's exposed skin. Remember to always follow the manufacturers recommendations. 

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Queensland Health - General Mosquito Information»

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