Redlands City Council could turn to drones in the battle against mosquitoes

Redland City Council could turn to drones in the battle to control mosquitoes in the area.

Council is exploring drones as part of its Mosquito Management Action Plan 2019-2024.

Officers are working with the Queensland Mosquito and Arbovirus Research Committee on Pannikin Island, to explore the effectiveness of drones.

Battle: Redland City Council could use drones in the battle against mosquitoes.

Battle: Redland City Council could use drones in the battle against mosquitoes.

The drones would collect aerial images of mosquito breeding areas, allowing for treatments to be more effective, Redlands mayor Karen Williams said.

"The health and wellbeing of Redlands Coast residents is a priority for council, and this includes managing and reducing mosquitoes in our region," Cr Williams said.

"The onset of summer in Queensland brings with it an increase in mozzies, and this action plan includes a variety of activities to help reduce mosquitoes across the Redlands coast."

Council is also exploring the use of tidal sensors to gather live data on tide activity and rainfall, along with Biogents traps, which will provide information about mosquito numbers and species.

Council endorsed the plan at its last general meeting, and division three councillor Paul Golle said it was the blueprint for effective mosquito control over the next five years.

"The plan supports better community education engagement regarding council's pest management activities, with council liaising with local businesses and residents through site visits and at local events," he said.

Cr Golle is the Regional Mosquito Management Group chairman.

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