Council steps up mosquito sprays after Zika diagnosis

ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council has stepped up its general mosquito misting program within the urban environs.

This misting is separate to the spraying Queensland Health is conducting in response to the Zika virus diagnosis. 

The council will in the course of the next 48 hours mist known hotspots for mosquito breeding.

Residents are reminded to empty out any containers that would be holding water, any palm fronds or places where water settles.

If anyone has health concerns please contact Queensland Health on 49206989.

You can reduce mosquitoes around your home by:

• Inspecting your house and yard and removing any accumulation of water
• Empty pot plant bases weekly or fill the base with sand to absorb water
• Wash out bromeliads and other water-holding plants weekly
• Clean out roof gutters regularly and trim back trees which can block gutters
• Ensure rainwater tanks are screened
• Maintain swimming pools
• Wash out birdbaths and ornamental pools weekly
• Ensure ponds are stocked with suitable native fish
• Store anything that can hold water undercover or in a dry place, including work equipment, surplus materials or trailers, and keep bins covered
• Throw out any rubbish lying around like unused or empty containers, tyres, additional materials and keep worksites tidy.

What you can do to protect yourself:

• Screen all windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes coming inside
• Wear long sleeved, loose-fitting clothing when outside
• Use insect repellent
• If you live in an unscreened house or are camping, sleep under a mosquito net
• Air-conditioning, fans and mosquito coils are also effective in protecting you from mosquitoes.

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