Biting midge and mosquitoes
Council's vector management is largely directed at controlling mosquitoes.
The team usually runs a light trapping program each week excluding the winter months to monitor the adult species.
The popular mosquito breeding sites are regularly monitored and treated when larvicide is present.
In the heavy wet summer season, Council implements integration mosquito programs which may include control methods such as fogging.
Biting midge (sandflies)
Biting midge are attracted to human habitation and rest on screens, fences and vegetation.
In the Fraser Coast region, they are particularly active during the warmer months, September through to April each year, especially at dawn and dusk.
The impact of human health and wellbeing is caused by allergens in the midge saliva which reacts on people with varying degrees of sensitivity and immunity.
The following tips may assist in reducing your exposure to biting midge:
- Wear light coloured protective clothing when outdoors during midge activity period
- Use insect repellants when outdoors
- Install screens with smaller mesh sizes
- Use mosquito coils or insecticide tablet burners
Non-biting midge (chironomids)
Non-biting midge are often a nuisance in residential areas near wetlands because they are strongly attracted to lights.
During summer, the insects seek cool shady places during the day and can leave behind stains on light-coloured surfaces. They can also clog vehicle radiators, headlights, and air-conditioning units.
You can reduce the effect of non-biting midge by:
- Using dark colours for outdoor surfaces
- Screen off light sources (where possible)
Mosquitoes are capable of carrying and transmitting a number of infectious diseases such as the Ross River virus.
Council's Vector and Pest Management officers carry out regular inspections of public watercourses, reserves and commercial areas and undertaken treatment to prevent mosquito breeding.
Statutory law requires that residents assist in the eradication of mosquitoes.
The following tips may assist in reducing or eradicating mosquitoes on your property:
- Dispose of any accumulated water
- Place sand around the base of pot plants to absorb water
- Dispose of any items that hold water
- Empty all bird baths, pets drinking water on a regular basis
- Wipe inside containers to remove mosquito eggs
- Screen all openings to tanks, well or other large water containers
- Remove leaves and debris from roof guttering regularly
- Keep swimming pool chlorinated
- Stock fish ponds with fish
- City of Cockburn - Midge Research and Management Group
- Department of Medical Entomology - Biting midges