Mosquitoes are bloodsucking insects, which can spread diseases to humans and animals. The most common diseases spread by mosquitoes in South East Queensland are Ross River Virus (RRV) and Barmah Forest Virus (BFV). Mosquitoes also spread heartworm in dogs.
Mosquitoes breed in fresh or salt water that has been stagnant for longer than five days. This includes:
bodies of water such as ponds, pools and dams
tide-affected land along the Logan River.
In Logan, we treat public areas where mosquitoes could breed. This includes roadsides, drains and parks.
At home, you can take these steps to reduce potential mosquito breeding sites:
keep gutters clean
fill pot plant bases with sand
remove from the yard any tyres, containers and other items that could hold water
chlorinate swimming pools
fill any holes that could hold water (large holes may need planning approval)
keep native fish in ponds, dams and other permanent water bodies on your property.
To help control mosquitoes in fish ponds, you can collect six native fish for free. (Please remember to only release your native fish into ponds or dams – do not release them into creeks or waterways.)