Mosquitos are a common pest in all coastal areas. Their bites are a nuisance and cause discomfort, and they can carry diseases such as Ross River Virus and Barham Forest Virus.
Mosquito populations tend to peak in the warm summer and autumn months, especially following king tides and periods of heavy rain.
Council participates in NSW Health's mosquito monitoring program from January to April. Weekly trapping is carried out during these months at Dora Creek, Teralba and Belmont, which are known sites to have strong mosquito populations.
Traps are set overnight and collected with the captured mosquitoes transported to Westmead Hospital, for identification and correlation of information associated with any disease carrying mosquitoes.
We do not spray or otherwise actively control mosquitoes, which, for better or worse, are a natural part of a healthy environment. Traditional methods of spraying adult mosquitoes have been shown to be ineffective, and can cause unacceptable damage to the environment.
Past monitoring results of mosquito populations in Lake Macquarie are available at the NSW Health website.
To read more about information about mosquitoes and possible health risks, visit the Hunter New England Health website.