Mozzies arrive en masse

MOSQUITOES have swarmed in to attack Gladstone residents and their pets, and one case of dengue fever was reported in the region last week.

People have reported masses of mosquitoes in the past few days, including a lot at the Wolves Soccer Club on Benaraby Road.

Chris Kellow of Barney Point let his dogs in to feed them last night and noticed bites all over them.

“They had hundreds of lumps on them,” he said. “We realised they were mosquito bites.”

Mr Kellow said the mosquitoes had been just as bad as last year.

Environmental health director Central Queensland Paul Florian said the majority of mosquitoes were just a nuisance, but some, such as the Aedes aegypti, otherwise known as the dengue mosquito, carried diseases.

“They fly around you and bite and make you itch, but not all are disease carrying,” he said.

“Mosquito numbers at this time of year are unseasonally high, but can be attributed to the recent rainfall events, and warmer conditions,” Gladstone Regional Council Environment and Regulation director Ron Doherty said.

“Mosquito numbers have been high in the Boyne Tannum area and across Gladstone. Most numbers identified are of the Ochlerotatus alternans species or scotch greys.”

Mr Florian said the key things for Gladstone residents could do included emptying anything that contained water, including boat tarps, boats, pot plants, tyres and containers around the house, and to cover up and use repellents.

Council did not provide any specific information about mosquito eradication programs.



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