Council’s mossie man Shane Kelly studies our mosquito residents in his laboratory.
Council’s mossie man Shane Kelly studies our mosquito residents in his laboratory. Toni McRae

Mozzie man out to control pests

THE BLOODSUCKERS are here – and they're not the stars of that weird Twilight movie.

These fierce little critters have six delicate legs, two wings covered in scales and their head is equipped with a projecting proboscis, which conceals and protects their long piercing and sucking mouth parts.

We know them as mosquitoes.

“The warmer months and the heavy rainfall have brought them in on the Fraser Coast,” Shane Kelly, the council's operations supervisor of invector and pest management said.

“And one of the 300 or so species in Australia that is here right now carries Ross River Fever. It's called the ochlerotatus notoscriptus.”

Shane, who has worked in mosquito control for 10 years, is heading council's ground spraying program this year.

Council has cut back on its budget and aerial mossie spraying is among the casualties.

Vince Kelly warns that gutters full of leaves and water and bird baths and animal water containers need to be cleaned regularly.

“Mosquitoes lay their eggs in places like these within their two-to-three week life span. They lay rafts of eggs like egg carton structures and as many as 200 eggs at a time.

If a human is carrying the Ross River virus and the female mosquito bites you to draw blood it can then grow the virus and pass it on by biting someone else.”

The Coast's main salt-breeding mossie is the ochlerotatus vigilax and our freshwater inhabitant is the culex annulirostris.

Shane and his crew concentrate on killing the larvae. “Once they're on the wing it's near impossible to eradicate them.”

Concerned residents with a mossie problem can contact the council for advice.



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