Mosquito bites can be painful and uncomfortable. Some types of mosquitoes are able to transmit diseases to humans and animals.
Mosquito numbers can increase during wet weather or follow above average high tide conditions. The most commonly inhabit saltmarsh and freshwater areas. Their breeding season peaks from September to May.
Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses are the most common mosquito-borne diseases in Queensland. Some types of mosquitoes can give your dog heartworm.
Council has a program to manage mosquitoes. It includes monitoring and treating mosquito-prone areas. This is done through the ground and aerial application of two main control products – Methoprene and BTI. Council also treats larval mosquitoes (not yet adult or flying mosquitoes).
Tips to protect yourself from mosquitoes
- Use a repellent containing DEET when outside. Always read the label and follow safety directions
- Wear long-sleeve shirts and trousers. Light colours are best
- Limit time outside at dusk and dawn
- Remove water sources around the house. This includes containers, pot plants or items holding water
- Spray screens with residual products. Always read the label and follow safety directions
- Increase light and air movement around dark and damp areas
- Outdoor areas can be treated with products containing a residual insecticide for control over longer periods
- Change water in pet bowls and bird baths frequently.
- Clean your roof gutters on a regular basis
- Ensure your rainwater tank is fitted with mosquito-proof screens
- Keep swimming pools clean and chlorinated
- Keep any ornamental ponds and fountains stocked with fish
- See a vet for advice on suitable preventative treatments/repellents if your pet is affected.
Small amounts of water can breed large numbers of mosquitoes. Always empty containers and drain water-logged areas where possible.
Following simple guidelines can greatly reduce your risk of getting a mosquito-borne disease. It will also increase your enjoyment of the Coast's environment.
Learn how to protect yourself and your family and pets against mosquitoes - Mosquitoes Factsheet (PDF)
More information on mosquitoes can be found on the Queensland Health (PDF) website.
Midges do not carry disease to humans. But there are a number of things you can do to protect against biting midge. Learn how to protect yourself and your family and pets against midge - Midge Factsheet (PDF).