THE Maranoa Regional Council has begun a joint monitoring program with Queensland Health to identify and monitor mosquito numbers across the region, with an initial focus on Roma and Yuleba.
The species targeted are Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Notoscriptus mosquitoes.
These mosquitoes breed in containers around the home and are capable of transmitting dengue fever, Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses as well as heartworm in dogs.
Council is asking all Maranoa residents to be aware of the areas around their own homes where mosquitoes may be breeding and help reduce the numbers by:
- Removing unused containers and other stockpiled objects likely to hold water in your yard
- Ensuring containers can drain or fill containers like pot plant bases with sand
- Draining or pouring water out of containers, as soon as possible after rainfall or at least once every week (as well as wiping the inside of containers to remove mosquito eggs)
- Ensuring rainwater and other water storage tanks are fully and correctly screened
- Keeping roof gutters and drain traps free of vegetation and other matter.
- As the temperature rises and there's more rainfall over the coming weeks and months, residents can expect an increase in mosquito breeding.
The council will continue to monitor mosquitoes until May and will provide the collected data to Queensland Health.