Posted: 28 October, 2016
Authorities Take Action Against Pesky Mozzies
More mosquitos on the way!
Watch out Melbourne. More mozzies are on the way.
Experts are predicting a bumper season of mosquitos – caused by heavy rains and floods across Victoria, the Herald Sun reports.
Councils across the state are already taking action, smoking swarms of bugs out of town with fogging compounds.
There’s also been traps set to count the bugs and make sure they aren’t carrying diseases.
The outbreak has sparked a warning from public health authorities concerned about the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.
“The first arrivals are here — and it is only going to get worse,” Melbourne University entomologist Ary Hoffmann told The Herald Sun.
“It is highly likely we will see giant numbers of them as we have had a wet spring.”
But Professor Hoffmann said many reports of sightings of “gigantic mozzies” in Melbourne and suburbs in recent days were, in fact, crane flies.
“They are quite often mistaken for mosquitoes,” he said. But he said crane flies were much larger and, more importantly, they don’t bite.
The state’s Chief Health Officer, Charles Guest, urged Victorians to be prepared and to protect their families.
“More than anything, mosquitoes are a nuisance. However, their bite can turn nasty for the few who get infected with a mosquito-borne disease,” Professor Guest said.
“Most importantly, people should ensure there are no pools of stagnant water on their property.”