Summer in South East Queensland is a beautiful time of the year if you like the heat. Thousands come from all over the country and, indeed, all over the world to experience our long, white, sandy beaches.
There is always plenty to do in and around the water. You can do everything from scuba diving to paragliding.
The summer also brings the rains and we get many storms. Rain and storm season ALWAYS means mosquitoes. Don’t be in any doubt of that.
Increased Cases of Ross River Fever
The recent 2015 season has actually brought not quite so much rain as past years, which we are very grateful for.
This season has, however, brought a huge explosion of mosquito numbers. This increased population has certainly made its mark.
More than 380 Queenslanders have reported contracting the debilitating Ross River Fever in this first quarter of the year. The years prior reported 120 and 125 cases respectively.
Local authorities have conducted greater than usual amounts of public land spraying in an effort to control this outbreak. December 2014 saw the largest area of 4,400 hectares sprayed to deter this growth. It was the largest December spray in 16 years.
Steps You Can Take to Reduce the Swell
As already discussed, regular cleaning and refilling of large animal bowls will be the first thing to manage. You can also empty any containers lying around such as buckets under dripping taps and the bottom dish of your plants.
There are some plants you can grow in your garden that appear to assist in reducing mosquito numbers as well. Plants such as citronella, lemon balm, catnip, marigolds, lavender, geranium, rosemary, peppermint, pennyroyal, and basil all assist in masking the scents that attract mosquitoes.
If you bruise some of the leaves of these plants or pop the leaves and stalks of the plant into a large water burner on a regular basis, you will go a long way towards keeping mosquitoes away from your environment at least.
When All Else Fails
Bob Gunn Termite Solutions is able to come and treat large infestations. Our treatments can greatly reduce mosquitoes this summer in South Queensland. Contact us today.