Perfect conditions for mosquitoes

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WATER that has accumulated in no longer drought-ridden wetlands and agricultural land will provide a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, predicted a specialist fumigation company.

Storms in December and January left 500 millimetres of rain and once temperatures begin to rise this will hasten the insects’ biological cycle, warned the company’s biologist Ricardo Costa.

He recommended that councils take preventative measures as soon as possible and in some zones these would have to include fumigation from the air, he said.

The public could also help to eliminate the non-native tiger mosquitoes that have invaded the coast in recent years by not allowing water to accumulate in buckets, drums or guttering, Costa added.

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