With the warmer weather comes mosquitoes and Ipswich City Council is committed to continually monitoring their numbers to prevent outbreaks of disease.
Last year’s wet season was considerably larger than normal, which led to a spike in mosquito complaints and cases of Ross River Fever.
In the 2014/15 financial year there were 305 cases of Ross River Fever in the Ipswich City Council area, compared to just 37 in the 2013/14 financial year.
Swampy and boggy areas and anywhere that holds water after rainfall are all hotspots for mosquitoes.
Division 7 Councillor Andrew Antoniolli said that although mosquitoes are a hated pest, if targeted efficiently, they can be controlled.
“No-one likes mosquitoes, because they can ruin a good barbeque, and they can certainly ruin a good night’s sleep as well,” Cr Antoniolli said.
“Through effective management of our mosquito hotspots, we should be able to contain the majority of the mosquito problems that we have.”
Cr Antoniolli said the community can help keep mosquito numbers in check by regularly looking through their backyards for any sources of water.
Anything holding water such as a bucket can be a home for the unwanted bloodsuckers.
Council’s current mosquito management plan will continue to 2019, with annual checks on mosquito populations.