Mosquito 'plague' invades after wet weather
ARE the mossies bad at your house?
Some residents in Coolum Beach say the numbers have reached "plague proportions" since the rain started falling about two weeks ago.
John Wright, who has lived in Coolum for 40 years, said it was becoming unbearable to even go outside.
"There has been a great increase in the number of mosquitoes at the moment. They're at plague proportions and so are the stinking ants," Mr Wright said.
Queensland Health public health physician Dr Andrew Langley said there were "fewer than 10 notifications each week for Ross River virus (on the Sunshine Coast) and fewer than five notifications each week for Barmah Forest virus".
Both viruses are transmitted by mosquitoes.
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But despite the sudden surge in mosquitoes Dr Langley said there was "no marked surge" in the numbers notified to Queensland Health in recent weeks.
Another Coolum resident, who asked not to be named, said he had tried to go for a walk around Mount Coolum this morning and they were "everywhere".
"I killed about 20 of them on my wife's back in a 10-minute walk," he said.
Mr Wright said mosquitoes had always been bad in the Mount Coolum area, but seemed to have gotten worse over the past few years.
"If you want want to sit down outside, you're lighting mossie coils everywhere."
Simple things that can be done to prevent mosquito-borne disease:
- Various types of disease-carrying mosquitoes can bite at different times of the day, so it's important to be vigilant at all times, especially at dawn on dusk.
- Wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing.
- Use an insect repellent that contains DEET or picaridin. Read and follow all directions and precautions on the mosquito repellent product label, especially for infants.
- Empty any containers holding water around the house weekly.
- Install and maintain insect screens on all doors and windows at home.
- If planning an overseas trip, it is important to see your GP for a travel health consultation.
- Symptoms of mosquito-borne illness can be initially vague, characterised by fever, tiredness, and joint pains. If concerned see your GP.