Controlling mosquito breeding after floods
Protecting you and your family
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 filling in holes and vehicle wheel ruts
- 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 place them in the rubbish bin. Common mosquito breeding sites include:
- pot plant bases (inside and outside)
- palm fronds
- tin cans and plastic containers
- coconut shells
- 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.
Avoid being bitten
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 indoors
- use mosquito coils or plug-in insecticide mats indoors
- repair defective insect screens.
See a doctor immediately if you become unwell with fever, headache, skin rash, joint or muscle pain.
- read information from Queensland Health about mosquito-borne disease
- read the Queensland Health guide to keeping rainwater tanks safe
- visit the Queensland's work health, safety and workers' compensation services website
- call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) for your nearest Queensland Health public health unit
- call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) at any time for practical medical advice
- contact your doctor, hospital or health clinic
- Don't get bitten by mosquitos - poster (PDF 311kb).