Fogger to help fight mozzies



GLADSTONE residents needn't fear mass outbreaks of mosquitoes after the success of the local mosquito control program.

Gladstone City Council received their latest weapon in the fight against mosquitoes last week but Environmental health services manager Ron Doherty hoped the fogging machine would only be used in the case of a large influx of mosquitoes. Mr Doherty said council had received few complaints of mosquitoes over the wetter summer months.

He said that was mainly due to the targeting of mosquito breeding sites throughout the year.

'By doing the local controls that keeps numbers down,' Mr Doherty said.

Mr Doherty said mosquitoes could only effectively be targeted at certain times to ensure the best success at reducing their numbers.

'You are never going to get rid of those few around at the end of the day and first thing in the morning,' Mr Doherty said. Mr Doherty said their focus was on targeting the salt marsh mosquitoes which were known to carry the Ross River virus. Residents can protect themselves from mosquito bites by covering up, using insect repellent and screening homes.



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