Mosquitoes targeted in comprehensive treatment campaign – Logan City Council

The Logan City Council uses all-terrain vehicles to treat mosquitoes in known hard-to-reach breeding areas.

Published: November 3, 2022

The Logan City Council is continuing the fight against mosquitoes with an ongoing citywide treatment and monitoring program aimed at minimizing the discomfort and dangers posed by bloodsucking insects.

Logan City Mayor Darren Power said the council has launched a comprehensive mosquito monitoring and awareness campaign.

“We want to educate and help protect the community from potentially deadly mosquito-borne viruses,” said Cr Power.

“The council is launching this proactive campaign because we want to be ahead of any potential threat and help residents enjoy this summer and stay healthy.”

The town’s lifestyle chair, Councilor Laurie Koranski, said Logan was working with neighboring councils through the recently formed Southeast Queensland Mosquito Task Force.

“We have joined forces to mitigate any significant exposure of residents to mosquito-borne public health risks,” said Cr Koranski.

“It is important that we stop these mozzies early in the breeding cycle to protect the community as much as possible, especially with the emerging threat of Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) in addition to the more widely known Ross virus. River.”

JEV was declared a communicable disease of national importance in March, but has not been detected in the town of Logan.

Ross River is a virus endemic to Australia, Papua New Guinea and some South Pacific islands that is transmitted through mosquito bites. It causes fever, rashes and joint pain.

The council regularly inspects more than 760 water retention sites in the City of Logan to protect residents from any emerging public health risks.

With another wet summer predicted, these sites will come under greater scrutiny in the coming months.

The Council will use a range of techniques to deal with potential adult mosquito larvae sites as part of a round-the-clock programme.

This includes the use of drones and all-terrain vehicles to treat hard-to-reach areas.

Real-time thermal mapping will also be used to identify any increases in adult mosquito populations at known breeding sites.

The council also strongly recommends that residents take steps to help reduce mosquito breeding. Suggested actions include:

  • Empty the water that has collected in objects such as wheelbarrows, saucers of garden pots or tarps.
  • Avoid outdoor activities, if possible, in the early morning and late afternoon. If you must go out, wear light-colored long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Apply insect repellent (preferably containing DEET)

Further guidance can be found on the Council’s website – Mosquitoes and black flies – Town hall of Logan

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