Queensland Health has issued an alert following a single case of Japanese encephalitis virus in Queensland, You can find out more about Japanese encephalitis on the Queensland Government website.
Following a flood event, mosquito breeding can cause a risk to public health. We anticipate a potential increase in mosquito breeding in coming weeks.
As flood waters recede, Council is ramping up efforts to survey and treat mosquitoes and larvae at water-holding sites across the city. Pest management officers are working with residents in flood affected areas to minimise the risk. Council also encourages residents to take steps to prevent the risk of mosquito breeding and bites.
Mosquitoes are a nuisance and 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). They can also spread heartworm in dogs.
You can do a lot to help control them by removing breeding sources in your backyard. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water so check your backyard for things like:
containers holding water
bodies of water like ponds, pools and dams
tide-affected land along the Logan River.
You can also take steps at home to reduce mosquito breeding sites by:
keep gutters clean
fill pot plant bases with sand
remove tyres, containers and other items that could hold water
chlorinate swimming pools
fill 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.
You can help control mosquitoes in fish ponds with native fish, remember not to release native fish into ponds creeks or waterways. We offer six native fish for free.
Black flies, like mosquitoes, are aggressive biters that are found in areas around streams and rivers. You are more likely to see Black flies after heavy rain or flooding as the flies breed in running water.
Black flies can cause painful, itchy bites. In some cases the bites may cause an itched raised skin rash or the area may be swollen and painful.
Unlike mosquitoes, black flies are only active during the day and do not bite at night.
In Logan, we treat public areas where mosquitoes breed.