Council conducts research to get buzz on mozzies

first_imgCouncil conducts research to get buzz on mozzies The high-pitched whine of mozzies and the itchy bites they leave behind are a nuisance, but mosquitoes can also carry serious diseases, so Wellington Shire Council is stepping up efforts to control their numbers and learn more about the bloodsuckers. Mosquitoes can transmit Ross River Virus and the rare Barmah Forest Virus. Both viruses are found in the Gippsland region and cause joint pain and stiffness, headaches, fever, rashes and fatigue. To combat the spread of mosquitoes when warmer weather comes, Council has been working with the Victorian Government’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to increase monitoring and trapping.Monitoring and trapping to determine species and provide notification of diseases found was conducted from November to April.“Officers from Council’s Mosquito Control Program caught an impressive 350,000 mozzies in six months, at sites ranging from Seaspray to Loch Sport to Longford,” Wellington Shire Council Mayor Garry Stephens said.“And Council has conducted research though additional trapping. This provides more data about how much breeding is going on along Ninety Mile Beach,” Cr Stephens said.“In addition, some 78 hectares of breeding sites were treated using a natural, larvae-killing bacteria called Bti.”Reducing mosquito levels on private land is also important. Council can be asked to check potential breeding sites on private property and householders are asked to regularly remove water from places where larvae lurk. This includes bird baths, old tyres, pot plant bases, buckets and pet bowls.Rainwater tank openings should be covered with mesh, and swimming pools chlorinated. Fishponds should be stocked with Australian native fish because they eat mozzies. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australian, Barmah, Department of Health, Government, health, Human Services, local council, Loch, Loch Sport, Longford, mosquito, property, research, Ross, Seaspray, Victoria, Wellington, Wellington Shire Councillast_img read more