Mosquitoes

Picture of father and son applying mosquito repellant

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:

  • containers
  • drains
  • 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.)

For more information, please download Native fish for mosquito control (PDF 1712 KB) or Mosquito control for households (PDF 4973 KB).

You can protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites by:

  • wearing light-coloured, loose, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when you’re outside
  • using a mosquito repellent when outside
  • avoiding spending time outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active
  • screening windows and doors
  • using plug-in mosquito repellent, ceiling fans, mosquito nets and mosquito coils
  • using mosquito-proof screens and flap valves at every opening of rainwater tanks (the mesh size must not be more than 1mm).

To report mosquito infestations, or to ask us about native fish, please call us on 07 3412 3412 or email us at council@logan.qld.gov.au.