Mosquito controls questioned

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

SWARMS of mosquitos have descended on Gladstone, causing some residents to question the methods being usedto control them. Cecil Brown has lived in Gladstone for nearly 80 years and said he had not seen a summer like it in a long time.

"You open the door in the morning and there they are on the screen waiting to get in,'' Mr Brown said.

Mr Brown said in the past Gladstone City Council successfully used fogging to get rid of the mosquitoes.

However council health manager Ron Doherty said the health risks related to fogging, including irritation of asthma, had led to a new larvae treatment method being used.

Mr Doherty said a mosquito management group had been formed amongst local councils and industry to stop mosquitoes breeding at known breeding sites.

Mr Doherty said the group believed regional breeding areas were under control and the recent influx of mosquitoes came from outside of Gladstone due to recent weather conditions.

"The sites are under control, but we seem to be getting a large influx from northern areas due to wind conditions,'' Mr Doherty said.

Mr Doherty named the Narrows and Curtis Island as possible locations where the mosquitoes were originating from.



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