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Mosquitoes


What is the Definition of a Mosquito? 

Mosquito is a slender long-legged fly with aquatic larvae. The bite of the bloodsucking female can transmit a number of serious diseases including malaria and elephantiasis.

Under Public Health Regulation 2005, mosquito includes a mosquito egg, larva, pupa and adult mosquito. Mosquitos are defined as designated pests in schedules 2 of the Act.


What are the Requirements of Mosquito Control?

  1. A relevant person for a place must ensure that an accumulation of water or another liquid at the place is not a breeding ground for mosquitos.

Maximum penalty—40 penalty units.

  1. a relevant tank must have at every opening of the tank—section 2P

(a) mosquito-proof screens that—

(i) are made of brass, copper, aluminium or stainless

steel gauze; and

(ii) have a mesh size of not more than 1mm; and

(iii) are installed in a way that does not cause or

accelerate corrosion; and

(iv) stop mosquitos passing through the openings; or

(b) flap valves that, when closed, stop mosquitos passing

through the openings.

  1. A person must not construct a relevant tank unless the tank complies with section 2P.

Maximum penalty—40 penalty units.

  1. A person must not install a relevant tank, whether above or below ground, unless the tank complies with section 2P.

Maximum penalty—40 penalty units.

  1. A relevant person for a place at which a relevant tank is installed must ensure the tank is maintained so it continues to comply with section 2P.

Maximum penalty—40 penalty units.

  1. A person must not destroy, damage or remove a mosquito-proof screen or flap valve fixed to a relevant tank (does not apply to a person removing the mosquito-proof screen or flap valve to carry out maintenance).

Maximum penalty—40 penalty units.


What Does Council do For Mosquito Control?

Council controls mosquito pests on State and Local Government Land an enforce Public Health Regulation 2005.  Council’s Vector Control Officer regularly treat salt marsh and swamp areas that breed mosquitoes. 


What You Can do to Prevent Mosquitoes Breeding in your Yard:

  • Inspect your house and yard for pools of water.
  • Put sand around the bases of pot plants to absorb water in the dish.
  • Dispose of all tins, jars, tyres and other rubbish items that may hold water.
  • Keep all open drains and channels free from obstruction, especially weeds, grass and other debris.
  • Empty bird baths and pets drinking water at least once a week and clean thoroughly to remove mosquito eggs.
  • Cut back and trim trees to prevent leaves and debris from blocking roof guttering.
  • Screen all openings to tanks, wells or other large water containers with wire gauze no coarser than 1mm mesh. This prevents mosquitoes from laying eggs.


What You Can do to Deter Mosquitoes:

  • There are a number plants that release aromas and oils which repel mosquitoes. You could incorporate these plants into your garden or in pots. All good nurseries should be able to assist you with these plants.
  • Wearing long sleeves shirts and trousers minimises skin exposure to mosquitoes. It also covers your skin from the sun.
  • Coils and citronella oil burners can be used to deter mosquitoes. These should be closely supervised to reduce the potential of fires occurring.
  • Regularly apply insect repellent. There are a number of natural products available at Health shops for those people who are allergic to the common known brands.

Information Regarding Mosquitoes and Mosquito Borne Diseases:

Learn here about the Dengue Mosquito

Learn here about the Dengue Infection Disease

Learn how to Prevent While Travelling.


Mosquito Complaints

To log a request or for further information about this please contact Environmental Health Services on 4776 4607 or email hschealth@hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au

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