Don’t put your family at risk of mosquito-borne diseases
NOT only has Tropical Cyclone Marcia brought destruction to the region, but also the risk of mosquito-borne diseases.
Mosquito numbers can increase substantially after storms and cyclones as standing water from heavy rainfall and flooding provides the perfect conditions for mosquito breeding.
Some species of mosquito have the potential to carry disease including Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus and Dengue Fever which is why it is important that we act now.
There are a number of ways you can reduce your risk of disease.
You can reduce the number of potential breeding sites around your home by:
- cleaning up around your house and yard following a cyclone or flood and getting rid of potential mosquito breeding sites
- removing any pools of water around your house and yard-this may involve clearing debris from ditches, cutting small channels to help pooling water drain, or
- cleaning up debris deposited on your property by flood waters or cyclone. While a lot of this debris may be half-buried, it often contains enough water to breed large numbers of mosquitoes.
Rain or floodwater may have also collected in containers around your yard, so make sure you tip the water out of the containers and store them in a dry place, or throw them away. Common mosquito breeding sites include:
- pot plant bases (inside and outside)
- palm fronds
- tin cans and plastic containers
- roof gutters (if blocked by leaf debris).
Rainwater tanks can also be a potential breeding site for mosquitoes. You can reduce risk by:
- checking the mosquito screens and flap valves on rainwater tanks-particularly in-ground tanks- to ensure that the screens and flap valves are still in place
- making any necessary repairs.
There are several simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes:
- wear insect repellent whenever mosquitoes are present
- wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing
- use flying insect spray to kill any mosquitoes in rooms
- use mosquito coils or plug-in insecticide mats in rooms
- repair defective insect screens.
See a doctor immediately if you become unwell with fever, headache, skin rash, joint or muscle pain.
For more information visit http://www.health.qld.gov.au/disaster/documents/mosquito-breeding.pdf or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).