Biting midge and mosquitoes
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:
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:
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: